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government regulate bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, money laundering, fraud, Milwaukee criminal defense lawyerBy: Kenneth Baker & Jason Luczak

If you haven’t heard of Bitcoin by now, you haven’t been paying attention. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin, Ethereum, and Ripple have dominated headlines for the past six months. Cryptocurrencies are digital assets designed to work as a medium of exchange that uses cryptography to secure its transactions, to control the creation of additional units, and to verify the transfer of assets. What does that mean? Basically, it is a computer generated asset that is capable of being bought and sold. There is a finite number of Bitcoins, which creates demand, and therefore creates value for the crypto-asset. The Blockchain is what secures the cryptocurrency. Blockchain technology is a public ledger that tracks Bitcoin transactions. Every second, millions of people are buying and selling Bitcoin. Every transaction has a specific transaction code and is part of the Bitcoin Blockchain. This procedure creates a record of authenticity that is verifiable by a user community, increasing transparency and reducing fraud. This is where miners come in.

Bitcoin miners utilize highly-advanced supercomputers, much greater than your common PC, to “mine” for Bitcoins. However, this characterization is a tad deceiving. Miners do not find Bitcoins on the internet, rather, the miners are tracing the Blockchain transactions, and once the transactions reach a certain threshold, and the miners complete a “block,” they are rewarded in, you guessed it, Bitcoins. Bitcoins are thus a form of currency that is capable of being used to purchase goods and services on the internet. While this is a simplistic explanation for how Bitcoin operates, it is helpful to understand that this entire process is completely free from governmental intervention. Therefore, there is currently no recourse for any person that is cheated out of a transaction using Bitcoin.

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Milwaukee real estate attorneys, residential transactions, purchase real estate, real estate offers, real estate transactionWhether you are selling your home, or thinking about buying a new home, you should consult with an experienced Wisconsin real estate attorney before you sign a residential offer to purchase. When a buyer makes an offer to purchase a home, and the seller accepts the offer, both parties typically sign a residential offer to purchase. The offer to purchase then becomes an enforceable contract. As a contract, the offer to purchase is the key document that governs the real estate transaction. Both parties are bound by its terms as they work towards completing home sale or purchase.

In order to ensure that the offer to purchase protects the parties’ rights and interests, and details the parties’ intentions, it is essential to consult with an attorney who can advise you and draft the offer to purchase in your favor. Some considerations for the offer to purchase include:

  • Financing and Appraisal Contingencies - Are you financing your home purchase? Most people are. Therefore, you probably need a financing and appraisal contingency to ensure that you can both afford the home purchase, and that the home has a sufficient appraised value. Understanding how these contingencies affect your home purchase as a buyer, or how their limitations might affect your home sale as a seller is critical to the success and timing of your real estate transaction. An attorney can help make sure these contingencies outline your needs and protect your interests.

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Milwaukee car accident lawyers, winter car accidents, vehicle maintenance, rear-end collisions, parking lot accidentsWinter in the Midwest brings bitter cold and a great deal of snow and ice. While these conditions are often seen as an inconvenience, they can have a major impact on roadway safety. Every year, winter car accidents lead to more than 1,300 deaths and 116,000 injuries across the United States. People should be aware of the potential for accidents that can result from the following causes.

Slippery Roads

Snow and ice on the road can create a major hazard for drivers, affecting their ability to slow down, stop properly, and negotiate turns and hills. “Black ice,” which results when a thin layer of water freezes on the road, can be especially dangerous, since it is difficult to recognize and can lead to a complete loss of control of a driver’s vehicle.

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Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers, mandatory minimum sentencing, mandatory minimum sentencing laws, Wisconsin’s prisons, prison sentenceby Ray Dall’Osto and Brianna Meyer

We live in an age of ever-increasing mass incarceration, both in the United States and in Wisconsin. While only 4.4 percent of the world’s population lives in America, our country accounts for 22 percent of the world’s prisoners (an incarceration rate of 716 per 100,000). In the 40 years that I have been practicing law and doing criminal defense work in this state, the rates of incarceration have skyrocketed, at great cost to those who are inhumanely warehoused, to their families, communities and state and federal government budgets. All of us taxpayers have been and continue to be scammed by the Truth-In-Sentencing “no parole” scheme (TIS) that became effective in Wisconsin 1999, and the proliferation of mandatory minimum sentence laws.

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wrongfully imprisoned, Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers, criminal charges, exoneree compensation, criminal defenseWhen a person is accused of a crime in the United States, he or she is presumed innocent until proven guilty—our legal system is meant to protect the innocent. However, all too often, miscarriages of justice occur, and people are convicted of crimes they did not commit.

When someone is wrongfully imprisoned and he or she is later exonerated, the individual deserves to be compensated for the time he or she was incarcerated. Unfortunately, the amount of compensation that exonerees are eligible to receive is often inadequate.

Compensation for Exonerees in Wisconsin

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Milwaukee car accident attorney, texting while driving, texting while driving law, Wisconsin legislation, distracted driversBy: Kenneth John Anthony Baker

In August, the Wisconsin Assembly proposed new legislation that will expand on current texting while driving laws. Under current law, it is illegal for a person to engage in certain activities while driving a motor vehicle. One of the activities prohibited by the inattentive driving statute is driving any motor vehicle “while composing or sending an electronic text message. This prohibition on texting and emailing while driving does not apply to operators of emergency vehicles and hands-free devices. The authors of the bill list three main reasons the bill is necessary:

  1. Data distracted driving is a serious problem;
  2. Wisconsin law needs an update to keep pace with smart phone technology; and
  3. Wisconsin’s penalties are now out of step with neighboring states.

The Assembly Bill expands on the activities that are prohibited while driving. The bill changes the current prohibition on texting or emailing while driving to provide that no person may “physically manipulate an interactive electronic device to enter, transmit, or access data while driving.” The bill’s intention is to prohibit more than just texting and emailing. It is also intended to expand the devices that are prohibited. The new law would prohibit anyone from physically using any electronic device.

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Milwaukee divorce lawyer, divorce process, divorce petition, file for divorce, divorce summonsPeople get divorced every day. Yet despite the practice being common in the United States, many people are unfamiliar with the steps that must be followed and the legal obligations that must be met.

If you are considering divorce , the first step you will need to take is to file a petition for divorce. If your spouse has filed a petition for divorce, you will need to file a response. Consider the following procedures for completing these initial steps of the divorce process in Wisconsin.

File a Petition for Divorce

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MEB investigation, Milwaukee professional license defense lawyersAs a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, you have worked hard to obtain the professional license that allows you to practice medicine. After putting in years of work to achieve the required education and training, a threat to your license can endanger your career and your ability to earn an income. When you are facing a disciplinary investigation, it is important to understand your rights as you work to defend your medical license.

The Department of Safety and Professional Services governs professional licenses in Wisconsin, and the Medical Examining Board (MEB) is tasked with investigating and reviewing complaints against medical professionals. If you are being investigated by the MEB, it is important to understand the legal ramifications of the decisions you make.

Your Rights in a MEB Investigation

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Milwaukee slip and fall accident lawyer, slip and fall injuries, winter injuries, head injuries, hip fracturesThe winter season is upon us — temperatures are dropping, cold winds are blowing, and snow and ice are likely to build up on every outdoor surface. As you prepare for cold weather by wearing warm clothing, making sure your house is insulated, and keeping winter supplies on hand, also be aware of the increased danger of slip and fall injuries caused by slippery walking surfaces.

Common Winter Injuries

Snow and ice on roads, sidewalks, and driveways present a major hazard, and melting snow and ice can also lead to wet, slick floors, creating additional dangers nearly everywhere people will be walking in the winter. These conditions can lead to a wide variety of injuries, including:

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government license, liquor license, Milwaukee, government license lawyers, business liquor licenseThe sale of alcoholic beverages can be a great way for a store, restaurant, bar, or nightclub to generate revenue. However, before doing so, the establishment must obtain a liquor license. In Wisconsin, the requirements for obtaining this type of government license are very strict. Business owners can avoid being penalized for a license violation by following the correct procedures.

Types of Wisconsin Liquor Licenses

In Wisconsin, liquor licenses are issued by local cities, towns, or villages. While different municipalities may have their own specific types of licenses, they generally fall into one of three categories:

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