Wisconsin Expungement Laws in 2024

Wisconsin’s expungement laws haven’t changed much in 2024.  This blog post explains the current state of the law: Wisconsin’s expungement laws in 2024 haven’t changed much.  Over the last few years, but for a few minor changes in the law, expungement (expunction) functions pretty consistently throughout the state.  And although Wisconsin’s law on wiping away…

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Planning to travel as a felon? Consider this list of countries that you cannot visit.

A felony conviction makes life more difficult.  Unfortunately, it also impacts your ability to travel. A felony conviction does not mean the end of your life.  But it does mean some things will be more difficult.  Applying for a new job, or a new apartment, and maintaining certain rights as a citizen of the United…

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Can police stop me for broken taillights?

Wondering whether police can stop you for broken taillights in Wisconsin?  Van Severen Law Office, S.C. criminal defense lawyers explain: Broken taillights, and replacing burnt out bulbs, involves one of the most basic forms of maintenance we must perform on our vehicles.  This is especially the case if you’ve ever had the pleasure of driving…

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CBD, THC, Delta-9, and Delta-8. What’s legal in Wisconsin?

How it all started: Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 farm bill) Farm bills in the United States are comprehensive omnibus bills that are passed every five to six years.  They cover agricultural and food policy for the federal government.  The 2018 Farm Bill (Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018) legalized industrial hemp and its derivatives…

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What happens when you run from the police in Wisconsin?

What happens when you run from police on foot?  Resisting an officer – Section 946.41 of the Wisconsin Statutes Section 946.41 of the Wisconsin Statutes is titled “resisting or obstructing an officer.  Obstructing an officer generally applies to situations where and individual intentionally lies or misleads the police.  But resisting an officer applies to situations…

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Are brass knuckles illegal in Wisconsin?

Possession of brass knuckles in Wisconsin is a crime in certain circumstances.  Contact our criminal defense lawyers at (414) 270-0202 for representation. The use and possession of brass knuckles in Wisconsin is not automatically illegal.  Instead, possession of this weapon is illegal in two situations: firstly, when possessed by individuals under 18 years old, and…

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Drunk driving in Wisconsin: 2024 operating while intoxicated law update

What are Wisconsin’s penalties for drunk driving in 2024? Wisconsin lawmakers didn’t change the penalties for drunk driving in 2023.  Moving into 2024, the penalties are as follows: First offense operating while intoxicated charges are non-criminal and a conviction cannot result in you being locked up.  If you’re convicted, you face a 6-9 month driver…

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What happens when a hunter accidentally shoots another in Wisconsin?

First degree reckless homicide Although this blog post focuses on when one hunter accidentally shoots another, first degree reckless homicide applies to situations where the shooter acts in a way that was much more reckless than a simple accident.  This crime requires that the shooter engage in “criminally reckless conduct” and act with “utter disregard…

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Pros and cons of a no contest plea

A Wisconsin criminal defense attorney explains the pros and cons of a no contest plea. Sometimes criminal cases in Wisconsin conclude with a guilty or a no contest plea.  This is generally after the defendant decides he’s not interested in proceeding to trial, but instead wants to resolve the case.  Sometimes this is because the…

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Wisconsin knife laws (2023 update)

What are Wisconsin’s knife laws in 2023?  Our criminal defense lawyers explain: Wisconsin’s knife laws might seem confusing.  Are butterfly knives legal? What about switchblades?  Does the length of the blade matter, and where do I start measuring it?  Finally, can I possess a concealed knife? Over the last decade, new laws have slightly complicated…

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