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fake id in wisconsin, milwaukee criminal defense lawyerDrinking alcohol under age 21 as well as using a fake ID that states you are of age, is illegal. Fake ID charges can have far-reaching consequences and should be taken seriously. Those who are underage should be aware that mere possession of a fake ID—even if it belonged to an older sibling—is a crime. It is also a crime to present the fake ID to a bar, restaurant, or store in Wisconsin

Penalties Under Wisconsin Law

If it is proven beyond a reasonable doubt that you possessed or used a fake ID, you could face several penalties. Wisconsin law provides for a fine of $300 to $1,250, suspension of driving privileges for 30 to 90 days, community service, or any combination of these penalties. Exactly what sentence you receive will depend on the judge, your criminal history, and the severity of the offense. For example, if you were buying significant amounts of alcohol or were extremely inebriated at the time of your arrest, you may face harsher penalties. 

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cyberbullying crimes in wisconsin, milwaukee criminal law attorneyBullying is defined as behavior that is intended to cause intimidation, fear, or harm to others. "Cyberbullying" is a relatively new term for the same maltreatment except that it is perpetrated through the Internet or text messages. Cyberbullying may involve criminal charges in Wisconsin. If the accused is found guilty of a crime, fines and/or jail time may be imposed. 

Examples of Cyberbullying 

Due to the proliferation of Internet-enabled devices and social media platforms, there are numerous ways cyberbullying can occur, including: 

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Wisconsin defense lawyer, Wisconsin juvenile crimes attorneyTeenagers, who are still mentally and emotionally maturing, sometimes make poor decisions that can affect the rest of their lives. They may become pregnant or impregnate their girlfriend, drive recklessly and get in an accident, or – in the worst of circumstances – commit a crime that forever alters the path of their life. It does not have to, though. In fact, a recent study indicates that the outcomes for teen offenders can be drastically improved if the juvenile justice system takes a restorative approach instead of a punitive one. Unfortunately, Wisconsin is far from being a place of restoration for teen offenders.

The Sorry State of Wisconsin’s Juvenile Justice System

In most states, children under the age of 18 are criminally processed through the juvenile court system. There, the penalties are often less severe and the goal is usually rehabilitation. In contrast, Wisconsin sends most of its 16 and older teens to adult court. There are also certain conditions that can cause a child to be processed as an adult at a much younger age. For example, 14-year-olds who have been charged with manufacturing, distributing, or delivering any controlled substance could find themselves in an adult courtroom with adult-sized penalties, and a 10-year-old can be tried in an adult court for murder. Even more concerning is that, once they have been tried as an adult, they remain adults for future criminal offenses.

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Wisconsin juvenile attorney, Wisconsin defense lawyerIt is difficult to imagine a child being charged with an adult crime and then being imprisoned with adults. Yet it does happen. In fact, last year, the state of Wisconsin decided to charge two 13-year-old girls as adults in an attempted murder case. If convicted, they could spend up to 65 years in a state penitentiary.

Their story, along with countless others before them, forces the public to ask some difficult and uncomfortable questions about how the state of Wisconsin tries and convicts juvenile criminals. The answers are both horrifying and unbelievable, but they are also the harsh reality of a broken justice system.

Violent Crimes Are Not Child’s Play

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