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Is catfishing illegal in Wisconsin?

Catfishing - is it legal?  What's the state of the law? Catfishing describes deceptive conduct used by individuals to form relationships with other people online.  Frequently, the perpetrator lures the victim into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.  Catfishing frequently describes online dating situations.  But it can cover plenty of other virtual...CONTINUE READING

What is a drug recognition expert (DRE)?

And how do they impact my OWI case? Operating while intoxicated is a crime in Wisconsin.  If you're accused of OWI, the government alleged you were operating a vehicle while intoxicated.  While most OWI cases involve drunk driving, this blog post focuses on drug recognition experts and drugged driving cases.  How does an officer qualify...CONTINUE READING

When Obstructing isn’t Obstructing

Obstructing an officer is a crime in Wisconsin.  Citizens are not allowed to obstruct an officer doing any act in his official capacity and with lawful authority.  This includes knowingly giving false information to an officer.  But what if you simply refuse to give an officer information?  What if you don’t tell an officer your...CONTINUE READING

Parental Discipline and Child Abuse

Criminal penalties: If you find yourself in a situation where you can act to prevent either bodily harm or great bodily harm to a child, and you do noting, you can be punished. Remember, if the actions you fail to prevent could result in bodily harm to the child, you could face up to 6…

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Entrapment as a Defense

Entrapment is one of the most commonly known defenses to criminal liability.  But, what does it actually mean?  And when does it apply?  In this blog post, criminal defense attorney Benjamin Van Severen explains what entrapment is.  He also explains common crimes where entrapment can be used. Procedure for the Entrapment Defense The accepted definition…

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Is identity theft a felony?

The criminal defense attorneys at Meyer Van Severen, S.C. defend identity theft cases And we defend all crimes throughout Wisconsin.  The term identity theft spans a broad range of crimes.  Importantly, Wisconsin does not have a crime that goes by this specific title.  There are many versions of identity theft.  Criminal defense attorney Benjamin T....CONTINUE READING

Theft charges in Wisconsin

At Meyer Van Severen, S.C. we defend individuals facing all theft charges. Under Wisconsin law, theft is a property crime that can take many forms. Most people think of this charge in terms of retail theft. One of the most commonly-charged theft crimes in Wisconsin is retail theft.  That being said, this crime is much...CONTINUE READING

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement

Meyer Van Severen, S.C. defends individuals accused of DWI and OWI throughout Wisconsin If you're charged with operating while intoxicated in Wisconsin, you may have encountered a law enforcement enforcement officer who has completed the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program.  The purpose of the ARIDE program, per the National Highway Traffic Safety Association...CONTINUE READING

Do You Need a Lawyer for Your First OWI in Wisconsin?

If you have been arrested for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) for the first time, you may be curious as to just how much trouble you are really in. It’s possible that you know someone (or even multiple people) who have gotten an OWI and seem to have come out on the other side relatively unscathed….

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Demerit Points On Your Driving Record

You’re driving down the highway when you see flashing red and blue lights behind you.  The cop comes up to talk to you and gives you a ticket.  You see the fine and you see the  “estimated points.”  What do the points mean? How long do the demerit points stay on your record?  Read on...CONTINUE READING