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Category: Criminal penalties

Mandatory Minimum Crimes

In Wisconsin, judges are often not required to sentence defendants to a minimum term of incarceration.  However, there are a few select groups of crimes where the legislature has created mandatory minimum sentences.  The three main groups are operating while intoxicated offenses, firearm offenses, and sex offenses. Mandatory Minimum Penalties for OWI The legislature decided…

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Is identity theft a felony?

Identity theft cases are serious. In some circumstances, they're felonies. The term identity theft spans a broad range of crimes.  Importantly, Wisconsin does not have a crime that goes by this specific title.  There are many versions of identity theft.  Criminal defense attorney Benjamin T. Van Severen explains them all in this blog post.  (And...CONTINUE READING

Theft charges in Wisconsin

At Meyer Van Severen, S.C. we defend individuals facing all theft charges. Under Wisconsin law, theft is a property crime that can take many forms. Most people think of this charge in terms of retail theft. One of the most commonly-charged theft crimes in Wisconsin is retail theft.  That being said, this crime is much...CONTINUE READING

Do You Need a Lawyer for Your First OWI in Wisconsin?

If you have been arrested for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) for the first time, you may be curious as to just how much trouble you are really in. It’s possible that you know someone (or even multiple people) who have gotten an OWI and seem to have come out on the other side relatively unscathed….

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Murder, Manslaughter, and Homicide

What is the current law? To illustrate, homicide, murder, and manslaughter laws in Wisconsin are as follows: First-degree intentional homicide – Wis. Stat. sec. 940.01 First-degree reckless homicide – Wis. Stat. sec. 940.02 Felony murder – Wis. Stat. sec. 940.03 Abortion – Wis. Stat. sec. 940.04 Second-degree intentional homicide – Wis. Stat. sec. 940.05 Second-degree…

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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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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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Sentence Credit – Harder Than It Seems

Calculating sentence credit in Wisconsin is more difficult than you’d expect. Sentence credit calculations should be simple.  I spent “x” days in jail.  Therefore, I should receive “x” days of credit towards my sentence.  But calculating your sentence credit is rarely that easy.  In this post, criminal defense attorney Benjamin Van Severen discusses sentence credit. …

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Diversions and DPA’s Help to Avoid Convictions

Not all arrests result in convictions, or even criminal charges.  The obvious way to avoid a conviction is to take your case all the way to trial and have the jury return a not guilty verdict.  But some people can avoid a criminal conviction short of a trial even if they are arrested or investigated…

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