Drug testing has become common practice in a number of situations in Wisconsin. You may have to pass a drug test for employment, for insurance, as a condition of probation, or to show you are not under the influence of a controlled substance. Unfortunately, most people don't really understand how drug tests work. This leads to confusion and false expectations of the process. To learn more about what you should expect if you have to take a drug test in[...]
In Wisconsin, juvenile crimes are prosecuted differently from adult crimes. The law creates a different path for punishment and opportunities to overcome their crimes. Still, the consequences of juvenile convictions can be severe. Counsel experienced in representing children accused of criminal behavior is critical to helping your child move forward.
Our cellphones are our lifelines these days. Think of how much personal information is stored on them. No longer just a convenient way to keep in touch, cellphones are a treasure trove of private information - and the police know that. If you are arrested, the police may want to search your cellphone for evidence, in much the same way that they'd search your home, vehicle, or computer. But is this legal?
Sexual assault is a serious charge that no one should ignore. The #MeToo movement has worked to increase the visibility of sexual assault in the national spotlight. This has led some people to wonder if they could be charged with sexual assault simply because someone accused them of it. The answer is, not always -- but it's not something to shrug off.
Embezzlement is a crime that most people have heard about, but may not fully understand. If you are charged with embezzlement in Wisconsin, you should take it seriously. It involves a breach of trust that you may have trouble regaining, even if ultimately you are found not guilty. Understanding the accusation and the potential penalties can help you avoid the worst potential consequences.
For professional drivers, earning and maintaining a commercial driver's licence, or CDL, is critical to being able to make a living. While most people need their driver's license to get to and from work, as a professional driver you need it to do your job every day. If you get arrested and convicted of an OWI, then, you stand to disrupt or even lose your career.
Adults today may have fond memories of sitting in the front passenger seat as a child and playing with the car radio, but over the years, researchers have found that it is noticeably safer for smaller children to be in the back seat. Wisconsin's requirements vary considerably by age and weight.
In Wisconsin, being charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) carries significant consequences. If you are charged with an OWI with a child under 16 in the car with you, though, the penalties go up quickly. Any time you are arrested and charged with an OWI, especially if children are present, you need to contact an attorney to help with your legal defense.
If you are legally entitled to carry a gun in Wisconsin, you may carry it openly. Carrying a concealed weapon in Wisconsin, though, is a Class A misdemeanor. While you may know that this is a crime, you may be surprised what the law considers to be a "concealed" weapon. You may not intend to hide your weapon but still be charged if you do not have a concealed carry permit. Understanding your rights and duties is therefore critical to[...]
Almost anyone who has ever been pulled over and received a ticket considers whether or not to fight the ticket, but most don't bother. A traffic violation isn't a criminal offense and Wisconsin makes it so easy to pay the fine and move on that it seems easier to do just that. Not fighting a traffic ticket is the same as pleading guilty. Even people who feel they received the ticket unjustly would rather skip the hassle of fighting[...]