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Constitutional Carry in Wisconsin?

How close are Wisconsinites to carrying without a permit? A new bill passed the Wisconsin State Senate Judiciary Committee on 3-2 party line vote earlier this month. That approval cleared the way for the full Senate to consider the bill sometime next month. The bill would allow individuals to lawfully carry a concealed firearm without…

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Intimidation of a Witness/Victim Charges

Witness intimidation growing issue in Milwaukee If you read the news in Milwaukee, you’ve seen the countless stories over the past few years regarding the growing problem of witness intimidation.  Those stories have focused mainly on defendants who have tried to kill witnesses in their cases.  And although killing a witness is a rare event,…

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

You have a right to silence 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…

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

Wine doesn’t need to be wasted.  And you don’t need to commit OWI. 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…

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Holiday Weekend Tips to Remember

Meyer Van Severen, S.C. defends criminal cases throughout Wisconsin. The 4th of July is right around the corner.  It’s a good idea to keep an eye out for special enforcement of OWI/DUI offenses and offenses related to fireworks.  Here are a few reminders from our drunk driving and criminal defense law firm: Fireworks Possession of…

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Criminal Carjacking Penalties May Increase

Carjacking penalties may increase in Wisconsin A bill proposed in the Wisconsin Senate looks to increase penalties for carjacking in Wisconsin.  Legislators said they proposed the bill because of the increased rate and brazenness of carjackings in Milwaukee.  This post will explore the current law and look at how the new law would increase the…

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Jail Inquest in Milwaukee

Inquest into the death of Terrill Thomas: An inquest into the death of Terrill Thomas began last week and should conclude early this week in Milwaukee County.  What is an inquest and what is its purpose in this specific case?  This post examines the law regarding an inquest and why it was ordered.  Criminal defense…

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2nd Degree Intentional Homicide Charge for Kenosha Student

15 year old Kenosha student charged with homicide A 15 year old Kenosha high school student faces  2nd degree intentional homicide charges.  Prosecutors allege Timothy Carson and a fellow classmate at Bradford High School were fighting over a girl and that they arranged a fight in a park.  While the fight didn’t occur as planned, an altercation…

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Slow Drivers in the Left Lane

Anyone who commutes regularly on the highway system has no doubt encountered slow drivers traveling in the left lane.  For some, it’s a small inconvenience.  For others, it can lead to bouts of road rage.  A bill proposed in Maryland looks to fine drivers who remain in the left lane. Purpose The sponsor of the…

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Diversions and DPA’s Help to Avoid Convictions

Not all arrests result in convictions, or even criminal charges.  The obvious way to avoid a conviction is to take your case all the way to trial and have the jury return a not guilty verdict.  But some people can avoid a criminal conviction short of a trial even if they are arrested or investigated…

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