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Author: Matthew Meyer

Matthew Meyer is a criminal defense attorney based in Milwaukee, WI. Together with Benjamin Van Severen, Attorney Meyer operates Meyer Van Severen, S.C., a law firm dedicated to defending individuals accused of violating the law.

The #MeToo movement and its impact in the United States

  Effects of the #MeToo Movement Certainly the me too movement had many positive and negative impacts on the United States.  Certainly reasonable minds disagree on the movement.  Here are a few perspectives: #MeToo backlash The #MeToo movement had some unintended consequences. One survey found that both men and women are more afraid to hire…

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10 road trip safety tips for your next adventure

Bring an emergency kit You should always have an emergency kit in your car, but it’s especially important to make sure it’s well-stocked before going on a long trip.  While properly preparing your vehicle is a great start, it cannot prevent various problems like punctured tires, collisions, or passenger illnesses.  Those issues can occur at…

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What are the dangers of using the internet for kids?

Mental health concerns Technology isn’t always beneficial for your mental health. Children are especially vulnerable to these risks, such as internet addiction, and their associated and real-world consequences, like anxiety and depression. Over the past few years, the study of the correlation between excessive internet use and mental disorders has grown.  The term internet addiction…

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What is the opioid epidemic & how is it impacting Americans?

The effects of opioid use Certainly these staggering numbers are concerning.  But while the opioid epidemic impacts our country on a large scaled, we must understand exactly how opioids impact individuals.  Individuals, after all, are at the heart of the epidemic. Long-term effects There are many long-term effects of opioid abuse.  Here are a few:…

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What is considered domestic violence & how can you get help if someone is hurting you?

Symptoms and signs of domestic violence Even with emotional or verbal abuse that doesn’t leave a visible mark, there are warning signs and symptoms that can indicate someone is being abused.  Here are a few: Physical marks, bruises, scratches, slap marks can indicate physical abuse. If one partner requires the other’s permission before seeing friends,…

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What is a Shiffra Green motion?

Shiffra appellate decision The Court of Appeals decided: “We conclude that the defendant’s burden should be to make a preliminary showing that the sought-after evidence is relevant and may be helpful to the defense or is necessary to a fair determination of guilt or innocence.” They went on and applied the standard to Mr. Shiffra…

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What is the Sixth Amendment?

What does the Sixth Amendment say? The language of the Sixth Amendment itself is pretty straightforward: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained…

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Wisconsin CCAP – How long do my records stay online?

Wisconsin CCAP: How long do my records remain online?  A Milwaukee criminal defense attorney explains: Wisconsin CCAP is a system that allows the general public to look up civil and criminal records throughout the state.  Although other states have programs similar to CCAP, this system only covers cases that occur within Wisconsin.  The program went...CONTINUE READING

Burglary vs. robbery: What’s the difference?

Burglary vs. robbery explained. This is a question frequently asked of our criminal defense attorneys in Milwaukee, WI.  What’s the difference between burglary and robbery?  Frequently people use the terms interchangeably.  Unfortunately, they’re not the same. Criminal defense lawyer Matthew Meyer explains burglary vs. robbery in this blog post.  If you are charged with either…

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Can I be searched on probation? Act 79 searches explained

Court of appeals Anderson challenged the search at the trial court level and lost the argument. The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court decision.  That court found that “Seeger had sufficient basis to believe that Anderson was subject to Act 79.”  Further supporting that decision, the court found “Seeger was familiar with Anderson, having…

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