Construction Zones and Phone Usage           

Wisconsin passed a law late last year that made it illegal to use your cell phone while driving through construction zones.  There are, however, a few exceptions which will be discussed below.  So as the summer construction season winds down, here’s what the law says. Only Hands-Free in Construction Zones Allowed The statute falls under…

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Intimidation of a Witness/Victim Charges

If you read the news in Milwaukee, you have no doubt seen the countless stories over the past few years about the growing problem of witness intimidation.  The stories focus mainly on defendants who have tried, sometimes successfully, to kill witnesses in their cases.  While killing a witness is a rare event, many defendants are…

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Remember: You don’t HAVE to talk to the Police

Sometimes it’s always nice to hear this reminder:  you do NOT have to talk to the police.  Ever.  Aside from giving them your ID or telling them your name, you do not have to answer any of their questions.  Whether you have something to hide or you are just uncomfortable speaking to law enforcement, remember…

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Can’t Finish the Bottle?  Take Your Wine Home With You!

We’ve all been there: head out for a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant and order a bottle of wine with your meal.  But what happens when you can’t finish the whole bottle?  Two options are clear:  leave the wine at the table, or pour another glass even though you probably have had enough.  Problems…

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Holiday Weekend Tips to Remember

With the 4th of July holiday right around the corner, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for special enforcement of OWI/DUI offenses, traffic offenses, and offenses related to fireworks.  Here are a few reminders: Fireworks Possession of fireworks and their use is legislated in Section 167.10 of the Wisconsin Statutes.  Fireworks are…

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Expungement: Now Easier or Harder?

June was a busy month in Wisconsin related to the issue of expungement.  The legislature proposed a new bill that would allow those currently eligible for expungement additional opportunities to have a court consider granting expungement.  However, a recent Supreme Court of Wisconsin decision seems to have made it more difficult for offenders to realistically…

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Carjacking Penalties Might Increase

A bill proposed in the Wisconsin Senate looks to increase penalties for carjacking in Wisconsin.  Legislators have said that they proposed the bill because of the increased rate and brazenness of carjackings in Milwaukee.  This post will explore the current law and look at how the new law would increase the penalties. Current Carjacking Law…

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Failure to Yield Penalties

Representatives in the Wisconsin State Assembly proposed a bill that would increase penalties for drivers who fail to yield the right of way to other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  As of today, the bill remains in the Rules Committee.  However, this is a good time to remind you of the current failure to yield law…

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Jail Inquest in Milwaukee

An inquest into the death of Terrill Thomas began last week and should conclude early this week in Milwaukee County.  What is an inquest and what is its purpose in this specific case?  This post examines the law regarding an inquest and why it was ordered. What is an Inquest? Chapter 979 of the Wisconsin…

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2nd Degree Intentional Homicide Charge for Kenosha Student

A 15 year old Kenosha high school student was charged on Friday with 2nd degree intentional homicide.  It is alleged that Timothy Carson and a fellow classmate at Bradford High School were fighting over a girl and that they arranged a fight in a park.  While the fight didn’t occur as planned, an altercation took…

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