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Marsy’s Law in Wisconsin

History of Marsy’s Law Marsy Nicholas was the sister of Henry Nicholas, the co-founder and former co-chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Broadcom Corporation. In 1983, Marsy, then a senior at UC Santa Barbara, was stalked and murdered by her ex-boyfriend.  Kerry Michael Conley went to jury trial in the matter.  Eventually he lost…

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How does a felony conviction affect my voting rights?

A felony conviction impacts your voting rights.  Our criminal defense attorneys explain how this happens: Voting rights vary throughout the United States.  In some states, a felony conviction renders you ineligible to vote for the rest of your life.  While this is certainly voter manipulation, thankfully Wisconsin felons maintain their eligibility to vote.  This blog…

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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

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 This is a common question asked by individuals who have been revoked from probation or extended supervision.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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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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Sealing Your CCAP Record

The Wisconsin Circuit Court Access website, or CCAP, shows all filings in circuit courts throughout Wisconsin, including criminal, family, and small claims cases.  As it relates to a criminal case, a user can discover a wealth of data with only a few clicks, including the status of the case, the next court date, and what…

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“Making a Murderer” – The Search for Truth

In a little under one month since its release, the Netflix original documentary “Making a Murderer” has taken America by storm.  The 10-part series was released on December 18, 2015, just in time for the holidays.  The filmmakers take viewers on a nearly 30 year journey, beginning with Steven Avery’s 1985 conviction for sexual assault. …

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

Mandatory minimum sentences for child porn convictions: On December 14, 2015 a client of Van Severen Law Office was sentenced for possession of child pornography in the Fond du Lac County Circuit Court.  Although charged with possession of ten images, our criminal defense attorney was able to negotiate for seven of the counts to be dismissed….

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Early release programs in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is known as a “Truth in Sentencing” state.  This means that someone sentenced to the Wisconsin State Prison System must serve a bifurcated sentence – a period of initial confinement and a period of extended supervision.  The “truth” in the sentence comes from the fact that the offender knows exactly how much time he…

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