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Category: Criminal Trial

Internet browsing history: can it be used in court?

Who has access to my browsing history?  Who can see it? ISPs can see everything you do online.  They track things like which websites you visit, how long you spend on them, the content you view from a website (videos, pictures), the device you’re using, your geographic location, and the time you spend on the…

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What is the 5th Amendment?

Grand Jury The Fifth Amendment says “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger…”…

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The Alibi Defense

Alibi – it’s one of the more common legal terms you’ll hear on the news or in popular culture.  But what does it actually mean?  And how can you use it to your advantage when preparing a defense to criminal charges?  This post will examine the alibi defense and its practical applications for your criminal…

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Gambling in Wisconsin

Is gambling legal in Wisconsin?  What is the definition of gambling?  What penalties do you face if charged?  This post will answer these and other questions about gambling in Wisconsin. Gambling – What is it? Gambling in Wisconsin is regulated in Section 945 of the Wisconsin Statutes.  First, we need to define a few terms. …

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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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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. One of our top criminal defense attorneys explains burglary vs. robbery in this blog post.  If you are charged…

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4th Amendment Update with Kansas v. Glover?

Registered owner of the vehicle is revoked.  Can police pull me over? There is a case pending in the United States Supreme Court that will have a huge impact on drivers throughout the country.  Kansas v. Glover will address whether police can pull over a car solely because the registered owner of the car has...CONTINUE READING

Is grand theft auto a crime in Wisconsin?

Operating a vehicle without owner’s consent: the charge for stealing a car in Wisconsin Section 943.23(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes prohibits operating a vehicle without owner’s consent: “…Whoever intentionally takes and drivers any vehicle without the consent of the owner is guilty of the following:” a first offense a Class H felony.  A second or…

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Passenger In a Stolen Vehicle Explained

Passenger in stolen vehicle: criminal liability? Will you get in trouble if you’re a passenger in a stolen vehicle?  In short: maybe.  If you get caught, you’re certainly exposed to criminal liability.  Riding as a passenger in a stolen vehicle is a crime in Wisconsin. The criminal defense attorneys at Meyer Van Severen, S.C. defend…

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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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