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Milwaukee, WI criminal defense attorney for federal chargesBy Attorney Nicole Masnica

Many criminal offenses committed in Wisconsin are handled within the state’s criminal justice system, including crimes related to operating while intoxicated (OWI), many types of property crimes, and violent crimes. However, if an alleged offense violates a federal law, the defendant can instead be tried in federal court. If you have been accused of a federal crime, or if you believe you may be at risk of facing federal charges, your attorney can help you understand what to expect.

Examples of Federal Offenses

There are many different kinds of offenses for which a person may face federal charges, but some of the most common include:

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Milwaukee criminal defense law firmMilwaukee, WI criminal defense attorney for protecting your rightsBy Attorney Cameron Weitzner and Paralegal Rachel Sweet

Among other things, the United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights provides several protections for those who are facing a criminal arrest or trial. However, in the heat of the moment, it may be hard to know whether your rights are being honored and to ensure that you are taking full advantage of them. Taking the time to learn about your constitutional rights and how to assert them can often help you avoid an arrest or conviction in the event that you have a run-in with law enforcement.

Fourth Amendment Protections from Unreasonable Search and Seizure

The Fourth Amendment protects your person, house, papers, and effects from search and seizure without a warrant or probable cause, and it also states that a warrant must be specific with regard to the property to be searched and the potential items to be seized. There are a few circumstances in which law enforcement is permitted to perform a search without a warrant in Wisconsin, but if an officer attempts to search you or your property, you should always ask to see a warrant first, and you should clearly state that you do not consent to a search without a warrant. If an officer proceeds without a warrant, with an invalid warrant, or in a way that exceeds the scope of the warrant, your attorney can help you challenge the validity of the evidence obtained.

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Milwaukee battery charges defense lawyerBy Attorney Cameron Weitzner

Under Wisconsin law, battery is a criminal offense that is defined as any act that intentionally causes another person bodily harm without his or her consent. This encompasses a wide range of situations, from those involving minor injuries to the infliction of injuries with severe, permanent effects. Charges may also be different depending on the identity of the person who was injured. If you have been charged with battery, it can be difficult to know the severity of the penalties you may face based on the circumstances. An experienced defense attorney can help you understand the nature of your charges and work to make sure you avoid unnecessary consequences.

Penalties Vary Depending on the Severity of Injuries

There are three main levels of battery in Wisconsin, which are defined as follows:

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Milwaukee, WI criminal defense lawyer for expungementBy Attorney Cameron Weitzner

Under Wisconsin law, those who commit a criminal offense can face serious consequences. However, many offenders are able to learn from their mistakes and avoid committing repeat offenses in the future. Unfortunately, even a single conviction can result in a public criminal record that can affect your employment opportunities and other facets of your life. If you are eligible, it may be in your best interests to pursue an expungement of your conviction to minimize its impact on your future.

Expungement Eligibility Criteria in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, a conviction can be expunged under the following circumstances:

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Milwaukee property crime lawyersBy Attorney Cameron Weitzner

Wisconsin law protects people’s property by imposing criminal penalties on those who willfully damage or steal something that belongs to somebody else. In addition to theft, Wisconsin defines a wide range of different property crimes, and some come with much more serious penalties than others. If you have been arrested for criminal damage to property, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand the specific charges you are facing and the possible penalties if you are convicted.

Understanding Types of Criminal Damage to Property

In Wisconsin, some of the most common state charges for property crimes include:

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