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A Trial Without the Defendant?

A recent high profile case in Milwaukee where the defendant’s trial continued without him makes you wonder how there can be a trial without a defendant.  While uncommon, this is not unheard of. Section 971.04 of the Wisconsin Statutes require the defendant to be present at all of the following: (a) At the arraignment; (b)…

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Expungement: Another Court Ruling

It seems like every six months, the topic of expungement comes up either in the courts or the legislature.  The Supreme Court of Wisconsin just issued a decision clarifying the language in Wis. Stat. Sec. 973.015 which requires the decision on expunction to be made at the time of sentencing. Expungement Recap The current law,…

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Traffic Stops Reduce Crime in Milwaukee

In mid-October, Milwaukee Police stepped up traffic enforcement targeting dangerous driver behavior.  The focus has been on speeding, reckless driving, and running red lights.  This heightened level of enforcement has resulted in a decrease in crime when compared with the same length of time prior to the enforcement beginning.  Some of the reductions include: A…

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Celebrating the New Year? Be Prepared!

If you’re going out drinking to celebrate the New Year, be aware that officers will be out in full force looking for intoxicated drivers.  According to the Milwaukee Sheriff’s office, the OWI task force in Southeastern Wisconsin plans to triple their usual numbers for the holiday weekend.  Sheriff Schmidt said that the average blood alcohol…

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Constitutional Carry in Wisconsin?

A new bill has passed the Wisconsin State Senate Judiciary Committee on 3-2 party line votes earlier this month. This approval cleared the way for the full Senate to consider the bill sometime next month. The bill would allow individuals to lawfully carry a firearm without a permit. This post by criminal defense attorney Benjamin…

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Construction Zones and Phone Usage           

Wisconsin passed a law late last year that made it illegal to use your cell phone while driving through construction zones.  As the summer construction season winds down, here’s a breakdown of the law and exceptions that apply to it: Only Hands-Free in Construction Zones Allowed The statute falls under the heading of inattentive driving. …

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Intimidation of a Witness/Victim Charges

If you read the news in Milwaukee, you’ve seen the countless stories over the past few years about the growing problem of witness intimidation.  The stories focus mainly on defendants who have tried to kill witnesses in their cases.  While killing a witness is a rare event, many defendants are still being charged with intimidating…

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Remember: You don’t HAVE to talk to the Police

Sometimes it’s always nice to hear this reminder:  you do NOT have to talk to the police.  Ever.  Aside from giving them your ID or telling them your name, you do not have to answer any of their questions.  Whether you have something to hide or you are just uncomfortable speaking to law enforcement, remember…

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Can’t Finish the Bottle?  Take Your Wine Home With You!

We’ve all been there: head out for a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant and order a bottle of wine with your meal.  But what happens when you can’t finish the whole bottle?  Two options are clear:  leave the wine at the table, or pour another glass even though you probably have had enough.  Problems…

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Holiday Weekend Tips to Remember

With the 4th of July holiday right around the corner, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for special enforcement of OWI/DUI offenses, traffic offenses, and offenses related to fireworks.  Here are a few reminders from our drunk driving and criminal defense law firm: Fireworks Possession of fireworks and their use is legislated…

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