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Are switchblades legal?

What is a switchblade? A switchblade is a type of knife with a folding or sliding blade contained in the handle.  The operator of the weapon deploys the blade when he pushes a button or slide.  People frequently refer to switchblades as automatic knives.  Along with the push of the button, the blade moves out…

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What is horizontal gaze nystagmus?

How do law enforcement personnel administer the horizontal gaze nystagmus test? The NHTSA requires that the law enforcement administer the HGN test in a specific manner.  They break the test down into nine parts: Firstly, check for eyeglasses.  The officer instructs a drive who wears glasses to remove them.  Sometimes law enforcement will even ask…

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What is the difference between assault and battery?

Third degree sexual assault Third degree sexual assault is a felony charge in Wisconsin.  It’s one step more serious than fourth degree, but certainly includes some concerning behavior.  Additionally, the charge is a Class G felony.  That means it’s punishable by up to 10 years in prison, $25,000.00 in fines, or both. Section 940.225(3) of…

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Felony and misdemeanor probation: what to expect

What is felony probation? Let’s start with an easy definition: probation.  Probation is supervision.  It allows for the defendant to live at home and continue a relatively normal existence.  The defendant can continue working and remains out of jail (unless a condition of probation is some jail, which we’ll discuss later).  The court orders the…

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What is a restraining order, and how do you avoid violating one?

How does a restraining order work? To obtain a restraining order, the plaintiff must go into court and file a petition.  That petition states the grounds the plaintiff believes support the restraining order.  Upon filing the petition, frequently the plaintiff meets with a court commissioner.  That commissioner reviews the allegations in the petition and determines…

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What happens if you get in a traffic accident while drunk?

DUI accidents with injuries vs. without injuries Importantly, there isn’t any difference in penalties for the individual facing an OWI charge, and the individual facing an OWI charge after an accident that didn’t cause any injuries.  When an injury or death occurs, the penalties increase. DUI accidents with injuries If the defendant has no prior…

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The #MeToo movement and its impact in the United States

  Effects of the #MeToo Movement Certainly the me too movement had many positive and negative impacts on the United States.  Certainly reasonable minds disagree on the movement.  Here are a few perspectives: #MeToo backlash The #MeToo movement had some unintended consequences. One survey found that both men and women are more afraid to hire…

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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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10 road trip safety tips for your next adventure

Bring an emergency kit You should always have an emergency kit in your car, but it’s especially important to make sure it’s well-stocked before going on a long trip.  While properly preparing your vehicle is a great start, it cannot prevent various problems like punctured tires, collisions, or passenger illnesses.  Those issues can occur at…

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What are the dangers of using the internet for kids?

Mental health concerns Technology isn’t always beneficial for your mental health. Children are especially vulnerable to these risks, such as internet addiction, and their associated and real-world consequences, like anxiety and depression. Over the past few years, the study of the correlation between excessive internet use and mental disorders has grown.  The term internet addiction…

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