Thursday, June 25, 2015
Adolescence is usually the time when your child starts to act out and begins to develop the kind of personality he or she will bring into adulthood. As such, rebellion is a common occurrence among teenagers. Unfortunately, some teens take it too far, and find themselves in trouble with the law. It’s only natural that you do not want to think about your teen being handcuffed like the teen pictured above; it’s a distressing thought. Just know, however, that such a scenario can happen simply because your teen was at the wrong place at the wrong time, or was simply hanging out with the wrong people. This is why you should be aware of the legal process when it comes to juvenile cases. If in the event you receive a phone call from the police telling you that your teenager has been arrested, do not panic.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
While driving home after a night out with friends, you hear that all-too-familiar police siren. Upon handing your license, registration, and proof of insurance, the police officer looks at you suspiciously and asks you if you’ve had some drinks that night. What do you do? When staring a potential DUI charge in the eye, many people start to panic. After all, Wisconsin law can be harsh when it comes to punishing DUI offenders. First time offenders face a fine and a six to nine months license suspension. Repeat offenders face varying lengths of mandatory jail time on top of exorbitant fines and lengthy license suspensions.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
A person suspected of burglary can rely on the burden of proof that the prosecution should be able to build, while the suspect is allowed the opportunity not to say anything until his or her preferred Waukesha lawyer is present. Even then, some data from the other side may be a precedent for argument, such as the seemingly tacit consent of entry from the property owner. Channel 3000 in Madison quoted the homeowner as saying that he forgot to lock the front door before leaving for work. Being caught on burglary and theft charges will generate some trust issues when those charges are brought up during employment background checks. When you know the facts don’t stick, have your Waukesha attorney assist to clear you up on those charges and help you move on.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
If you are allowed to post bail, you will be ordered to appear in court at a specified date. This will give you and your Waukesha attorney time to craft a defense and assemble supporting facts. USA Today confirmed that Stoll paid $5,000 as bail bond, and was slated to appear before a Las Vegas judge on July 1, 2015. Under Wisconsin’s Uniform and Bail Schedule 2015, Stoll’s charges may be simply misdemeanors, but if previous offenses were determined, those charges may be raised to felonies, and your lawyer can warn you about this. WI Statutes 961.41 (3g) (c) and (d), or possession of cocaine or stimulants, respectively, mandate a bail of $250 as misdemeanor, but can reap up to three and a half years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Writing for the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel on February 9, 2015, legal affairs specialist Bruce Vielmetti said it was the case of a successful “direct attack” that shot down a recent OWI conviction at the Wisconsin Court of Appeals District IV. “Direct attack” refers to the voidance of a conviction for a first-time offense because the violation was actually a subsequent offense. Such a case only highlights the fact that, when an OWI felony case seems like an insurmountable wall, you can entrust your battle to skilled Waukesha lawyers such as the team at Huppertz and Powers, SC, who can help find avenues for a positive outcome of your case. Despite Wisconsin’s “party culture” reputabtion, a recent study revealed that alcohol-related fatalities in the state has dropped 33% from 2007 to 2012.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
If a court has marked you as guilty on DUI charges but you dread the potential jail time, you must rely on your counsel to convince the court to reduce the penalty. It may be the only way to maintain your freedom and be on the path to full recovery. Gary Mihoces of USA Today noted the same of vaunted swimmer Michael Phelps, who went on trial in Maryland in September 2014 on DUI charges. Phelps’ situation may not be that far off from Wisconsin residents who may be facing allegations of driving while inebriated. A tally of motorists in America’s Dairyland shows that at least 25% of those arrested admit exhibiting drunken behavior while operating a motor vehicle – and nearly half of all fatal auto accidents in the state were related to intoxication. If you are making extra effort to avoid being behind bars for DUI but willing to seek remedies for your situation, a proficient Waukesha criminal defense attorney like those at Huppertz and Powers, SC, can take your case forward.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Wisconsin is among the states that rate the highest in drunk driving. In fact, more than 33,000 people were convicted for drunk driving offenses in the state in 2012. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, alcohol-related crashes have killed 223 people and injured almost 3,000 in the same year, accounting for approximately 36% of deadly traffic crashes. Being the 43rd state to lower the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) to 0.08% since 2003, the laws for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) have become tougher and offenders are bound to face some very serious fines and penalties. If you’re charged with drunk driving in Wisconsin, you will need a skilled Waukesha lawyer or other attorneys in your locality to disprove the accusation or help lower the penalties.
Friday, March 6, 2015
It’s distressing enough to be arrested and made to spend time in jail over drug possession charges, and even more so if a person is completely innocent of them. TheFreeThought.com recently published an interview with a law enforcement officer from Florida (whose identity was withheld), who confessed to planting drug evidence and fabricating drug charges to arrest innocent people. The practice, also called flaking, is a form of police corruption rampant nationwide and is considered a consequence of drug wars. Police are pressured to make large numbers of arrests every day, and risk losing their living if they fail to meet the arrest quota. In fact, a Hufftington.com article, citing The Voice, reports tape evidence revealing how superiors threaten street cops if they don’t make adequate stop-and-frisk arrests. An ex-NYPD policeman also testified that he’s observed undercover personnel and investigators do this illegal practice as well.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
When a trial is over and you’ve been convicted of a crime, it can be easy to despair and think that your future is bleak—but all is not lost. Hiring skilled Waukesha lawyers like those from the firm of Huppertz & Powers, S.C. can help you appeal your case to overturn your conviction. Though filing an appeal may sound simple, it can be quite complicated. You can only file an appeal if there was a legal error that skewed the trial’s result against you. For criminal cases, an appeal means requesting a higher court to examine the trial records to determine if the legal error affected how the case was decided or how you were sentenced and if it did so, the case should be dismissed or re-trial and re-sentencing must be done. The records to be examined will include the trial transcripts and any documents that were presented as evidence during the trial.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
In Wisconsin, an Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) charge is not something that can be taken lightly. Even if there is jail time for a first offense, you’ll still have to pay a fine that could reach up to $300 and have your license suspended from six to nine months. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of consequences that an expert Waukesha criminal defense attorney from a firm like Huppertz & Powers, S.C. can help you avoid. An OWI conviction, even a first one, can be problematic for many people. Though Wisconsin doesn’t mandate jail time for the conviction, it will still go on your permanent record as a misdemeanor. Young people applying for college may have trouble getting into their preferred college once a background check is done. Moreover, jobs that require professional and state licensing like being a teacher or doctor may be out of your reach since a misdemeanor might disqualify you from getting a license.