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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.

Murder, Manslaughter, and Homicide

Murder, Manslaughter, and Homicide are all crimes. But what do we call them in Wisconsin?  Can you be charged with all three? If you’ve watched television, read the newspaper, or talked to anyone about crime, you’ve certainly heard the words murder, manslaughter, and homicide used.  They all mean generally the same thing: one person kills…

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How to beat your OWI, DUI, drunk driving case

What strategies do we use to successfully defend drunk driving charges? At Meyer Van Severen, S.C. we focus on defending individuals accused of committing drunk driving and criminal offenses.  While every case is different, in order to beat an OWI charge in Wisconsin, there are certain common issues we look for.  If you’re looking to…

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Stricter Drunk Driving Laws in Wisconsin

Should drunk driving laws be stronger in Wisconsin? Wisconsin has a notorious reputation when it comes to the laws prohibiting drunk driving. In recent years, lawmakers and advocates have pushed for stricter legislation against DUI offenders.  This has occurred in many states throughout the country, including Wisconsin. The movement has evolved into a collection of…

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Understanding the penalty net for a DUI offense in Wisconsin

The State of Wisconsin strictly prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is evidently clear from the strict laws and penalties for DUI offenses in Wisconsin. The prohibition includes anyone who operates or drives a vehicle: With a prohibited BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) of 0.08 percent Under the influence of any substance…

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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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