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Top 6 Crimes People Get Arrested For in Milwaukee

 Posted on February 18, 2022 in Criminal Defense

milwaukee criminal defense lawyerBy: Attorney Nicole Masnica

Watching the local news may lead you to believe that people are constantly being caught and arrested for very serious crimes, like violent felonies and even murder. However, this is not quite true. The most common offenses that people get arrested for may surprise you. While we like to think that jails exist to keep dangerous offenders out of the community where they cannot hurt anyone, the local jails are typically filled with non-violent offenders. 

If you have already been arrested, you need not feel alone. Hundreds of people are arrested every day in Wisconsin. If this is the situation you are in, a qualified defense attorney may be able to help minimize the impact your arrest will have on your life. 

What Are the Most Common Reasons People Get Arrested?

Note that the most common causes of arrest can vary depending on the season and exactly where you live. The pandemic has also had an impact on what types of crimes and arrests are most common. Some of the most common crimes people are arrested for include: 

  • Drugs - Drug possession is one of the more common charges. Often, these arrests begin with a traffic stop followed by a vehicle search prompted by an odor of cannabis. States that have legalized cannabis have seen these arrests go down significantly. However, Wisconsin is not one of them. 

  • Theft - Shoplifting in particular is a common reason for arrest, especially for young people. During times of economic difficulty, theft rises. 

  • DUI - Drunk driving is probably more common than you think. 

  • Disorderly conduct - This can be a bit of a catch-all charge for behavior that is inappropriate and disruptive, but does not really fit the definition of any other crime. It is among the most common charges in Wisconsin. Public intoxication alone is not a crime in Wisconsin, but quite a few people arrested for disorderly conduct are also intoxicated. 

  • Domestic violence - Disputes between family members, roommates, and romantic partners has been on the rise since the pandemic began. With so many people suddenly trapped at home together, conflicts arise and sometimes progress to violence. For people who were already facing violence at home, the situation may have become significantly worse. 

  • Traffic crimes - Driving on a suspended or revoked license, driving without a license, and reckless driving arrests are somewhat common. Often, rather than being taken to jail, people arrested for these misdemeanors are given a written notice to appear in court. 

During the pandemic, there has been a push to avoid crowding jails with people accused of minor offenses. Even if you were not taken to jail at the time of your arrest, it is important that you take your charge seriously and contact a lawyer as far in advance of your first court appearance as possible. 

Call a Wisconsin Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with a crime in Wisconsin, you can count on Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, LLP to provide a strong legal defense. Our skilled Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers will begin with a careful evaluation of your case to determine what your best defense may be. Call 414-271-1440 for a confidential consultation. 





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