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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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Waukesha County family law firmMilwaukee, WI criminal defense and family law attorneysBy Attorney Max Stephenson and Family Law Paralegal Courtney Hess

If you are facing criminal charges, you are likely concerned about the potential penalties, including fines and imprisonment. However, the impact a conviction may have on your parental rights regarding your current and future children can be equally concerning. Convictions for violent and sensitive crimes, in particular, can impact your relationship with your children, so it is important that you hire a skilled attorney who can help you defend against false, exaggerated, or unfair allegations.

Criminal Records and Child Custody in Wisconsin

One way that a criminal record can affect your parental rights in Wisconsin is in legal proceedings involving child custody and placement, including after a divorce or separation. When determining whether to award a parent sole or joint custody of a child, the court will consider first and foremost whether the decision is in the child’s best interests. If a parent has a history of child abuse, interspousal abuse, other forms of domestic abuse, or alcohol and drug abuse, the court may rule that the parent poses a risk to the child’s well-being, and it may award full custody to the other parent as a result. Relevant criminal convictions may be used as evidence to establish a parent’s history of abuse.

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Milwaukee criminal law attorney plea bargainBy Attorney Cameron Weitzner

Whenever you have been arrested or charged with a crime, you have the right to a qualified attorney who can provide the best possible defense to ensure your fair treatment under the law. In a best-case scenario, your criminal defense attorney may be able to have your charges dismissed, or they may present a case that results in a verdict of not guilty. However, when this is not possible, your next best option may be for your attorney to negotiate a plea bargain.

What Is a Plea Bargain?

In a plea bargain, you, the defendant, accept a conviction in exchange for reduced charges or sentence. For example, you may be able to have your charges lowered to a different class of misdemeanor or felony, or you may avoid the maximum fine or prison sentence associated with the charges you are facing. Often, this involves agreeing to alternative sentencing, including court supervision, probation, community service, or education and treatment programs.

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Milwaukee criminal lawyer for self defenseBy Attorney Nicole Masnica

Recent events in Kenosha have raised questions about Wisconsin’s laws regarding the use of a firearm in self-defense. While we make no judgments regarding any ongoing cases, it is important for all Wisconsin residents to understand their rights to self-defense according to state law, especially if they find themselves under attack or facing criminal charges. Cases involving self-defense can be complicated, and if you are facing charges, your best option to avoid a conviction is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who can develop a strategy based on a thorough understanding of the law.

When Is Self-Defense Legally Justified in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin law allows you to threaten or use force against another person when you reasonably believe that they intend to do you harm or illegally interfere with your person. However, you are authorized to use only the force necessary to prevent the harm or interference from occurring. This means that you may only use deadly force in self-defense if you reasonably believe that it is necessary to prevent someone from killing or doing great bodily harm to you. You are also permitted to use force to defend a third party if your intervention is necessary to protect him or her from harm.

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Milwaukee criminal appeals attorneyBy Attorney Brianna Meyer

A conviction for a criminal offense does not have to mean the end of your pursuit of justice, especially if you believe that the court erred in your conviction or sentence. You have the right to challenge your conviction with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, but before you do you should make sure that you have legitimate grounds for the possible modification or reversal of your sentence. An experienced appellate attorney can advise you as to whether you should pursue an appeal and guide you through the appropriate procedures.

Grounds for Appealing a Criminal Conviction in Wisconsin

While there are certain exceptions, the court of appeals will usually only review your case if you file a notice of intent to pursue post-conviction relief no later than 20 days after your sentencing hearing. Specifically, you may have grounds to appeal due to:

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Milwaukee disorderly conduct defense attorneyA disorderly conduct ticket could result from a number of different circumstances. No matter where you are — a restaurant, bar, or beach front — it is not uncommon to witness an individual display unruly behavior. Wisconsin law defines disorderly conduct as indecent, violent, profane, boisterous, abusive, unreasonably loud, or otherwise disorderly behavior that provokes or causes a disturbance in a public or private area. If you have been issued a disorderly conduct ticket, it is critical that you contact a criminal defense attorney right away to avoid further criminal consequences.

Disorderly Conduct Penalties

Depending on the severity of the disorderly conduct ticket, several different penalties could arise, such as: 

  • Fines. The highest possible fine is $1,000 and the amount owed is determined by the court.
  • Time behind bars. A jail sentence of up to 90 days can be mandated.
  • A probation agreement. This may include an order for the defendant to be enrolled in counselling such as therapy or anger management courses.
  • Community service hours. The court may require the defendant to complete services for public institutions in exchange for a smaller sentence.
  • Weapon restrictions. If a firearm was used in the disorderly conduct incident, the court can order that the defendant may not possess a firearm for a certain length of time.
  • A restraining order. This would include an order to avoid contact with the victim and his or her whereabouts, such as home and place of employment.

Collateral Consequences

As with any conviction, a finding of guilt can cause various collateral consequences. If you have been charged with a disorderly conduct ticket and are seeking employment, you might not be considered because the employer may believe you will exhibit chaotic and/or violent behavior while at work. Additionally, if you are looking to rent an apartment or a house, the landlord might not accept your application in fear that you will disturb those living in the complex or surrounding community. There are several long-lasting negative effects of a disorderly conduct charge, so it is important to explore all potential defenses. An experienced criminal lawyer can help reduce or dismiss your charges altogether. 

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Milwaukee, WI criminal defense lawyer for theft chargesBy Attorney Nicole Masnica

As you can imagine, taking another’s property without permission is a crime in Wisconsin – one that can be prosecuted as a municipal citation or criminal charge. The state’s statutory scheme that controls property crimes is Chapter 943. Within that section of the criminal statutes, you will find a variety of crimes, from credit card fraud to armed robbery to identity theft. You will also find two provisions titled “Theft” (Wis. Stat. §943.20) and “Retail Theft” (Wis. Stat. §943.50). Whether allegations of theft result in misdemeanor or felony charges, they are not something to take lightly, as they can result in serious legal consequences that will impact your future in a variety of ways. When facing these types of charges, it is crucial to obtain representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney. 

Theft Charges Under Wisconsin Law

According to Wis. Stat. §943.20, a criminal theft is one of the following acts:

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Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer for child abuse claimsBy Attorney Nicole Masnica 

Whether they are legitimate or not, accusations of child neglect or abuse occur every day. Being accused of harming a child can ruin lives and tear friends and families apart. It is not unusual for tempers to rise in high-pressure situations like a contentious divorce or a child custody dispute, and sometimes, one parent may accuse the other of abusing or harming their children in hopes of gaining leverage in a custody dispute. 

If you have been accused of abusing your child, it is important to contact an attorney immediately. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to help guide you through the investigation and potential criminal charges. If the child involved is your own, you should also seek a family law attorney with experience in custody disputes and child abuse investigations to protect your interests as a parent.

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