Can I be charged with sexual assault just because someone said I did it?

Potential clients contact our firm every week and ask the same question:  Can I be charged with sexual assault just because someone said I did it? The answer is yes.  You can be charged with sexual assault based just on what someone said.  But that doesn’t mean you’ll be convicted.  Sexual assault defense attorneys Matt…

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Sentence Credit – Harder Than It Seems

You’d think that figuring out sentence credit would be simple.  I spent “x” days in jail, therefore I am entitled to “x” days of credit towards my sentence.  But calculating your sentence credit is rarely that easy.  This post covers the basics of sentence credit and common scenarios found in Wisconsin criminal cases. The Law…

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Revenge Porn in Wisconsin

We’ve all heard the term used in the media – revenge porn.  But what is it and how does the law criminalize the conduct in Wisconsin?  This post examines the law against revenge porn and the penalties associated with the crime in Wisconsin. The Law The revenge porn statute is codified in Wis. Stat. Sec…

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Stand Your Ground – A Classic Case

Another stand your ground case is making national headlines from Florida.  Earlier this week, an Uber driver shot and killed a man who threatened him with what he believed to be a gun.  This post will recap the Florida case and discuss the legal implications had this occurred in Wisconsin. Florida Stand Your Ground Florida…

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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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