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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.

Will I be arrested for possessing drugs if I’m an addict, and I call 911 on my abuser?

What happens when a drug addict calls 911 on her abuser? Criminal defense attorney Matthew R. Meyer regularly answers questions for individuals seeking legal help on AVVO.com.  In a recent question, one individual wanted to know what would happen to her if she, a drug addict, called police after being abused by her partner. Will…

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I was subpoenaed to appear in court. Do I need to go?

A police officer gave me a subpoena to appear in court.  Do I need to show up? Of course you do.  A subpoena is a court order that requires your appearance at a specific place at a specific date and time. There is specific language included in an official language that makes this  clear.  Subpoenas…

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I was just revoked off probation or extended supervision. How long will it take for me to return to court for sentencing?

When will my sentencing after revocation be scheduled? This is a common question asked by individuals who have been revoked from probation or extended supervision.  Your probation officer alleged that you violated rules of supervision.  You went to a hearing, and the administrative law judge found that the allegations against you were appropriate for revocation. …

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I received a disorderly conduct citation. Will this appear on my record?

Disorderly conduct tickets: How do they show up on my record? Disorderly conduct is a catch-all offense.  It’s pretty simple to prove.  The exact wording of the law is straightforward: Whoever, in a public or private place, engages in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud other otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which the…

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Drug Crimes: What are the differences? What is a schedule I drug?

What’s the difference between possession, possession with intent to deliver, and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance? Possession of a controlled substance is illegal in Wisconsin.  But what happens when you possess a lot of that substance?  What happens when you possess that substance, but it’s broken up into small bags?  Or you have a lot…

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Can I be charged with sexual assault just because someone said I did it?

Potential clients contact our firm every week and ask the same question:  Can I be charged with sexual assault just because someone said I did it? The answer is yes.  For the most part, you can be charged with sexual assault based just on what someone said.  But that doesn’t mean you’ll be convicted.  Sexual…

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“Mandatory” minimum sentences for possession of child pornography, and why they don’t apply

On December 14, 2015 a client of Meyer Van Severen, S.C. was sentenced for possession of child pornography in the Fond du Lac County Circuit Court.  Although charged with possession of ten images, Attorney Meyer was able to negotiate for seven of the counts to be dismissed.  Three charges remained, but the State of Wisconsin requested…

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Why did the police pull me over?

Why did the cops pull you over?  A criminal defense attorney should always ask you this question at your initial consultation.  Whether you’re facing a drug case, a drunk driving case, or any other case that involves a traffic stop, the police need to satisfy constitutional requirements before stopping your vehicle.  If they fail to…

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“Good time” in Wisconsin

Defendants in criminal cases often don’t understand good time.  Does it apply to prison?  Is it only in jail?  How is it calculated? Good time only applies to county jail sentences Section 302.43 of the Wisconsin Statutes provides the guidelines for good time.  “Every inmate of a county jail is eligible to earn good time in…

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Standardized field sobriety tests – What are they and what are they looking for?

Before you’re arrested for a drunk driving offense law enforcement will typically ask you to complete a series of standardized field sobriety tests.  The three tests most commonly used by law enforcement in Wisconsin are 1) Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN); 2) Walk and Turn; and 3) One-Leg Stand.  Although officers may throw in a few non-standardized tests,…

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