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    • Is Plagiarism Illegal in Wisconsin?

      The Legal Repercussions of Plagiarism It’s back to school time for most students around the nation, and whether they are attending in-person or online classes, there is one issue that applies to all: ...

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    • Is Kneeling During the National Anthem a Constitutional Right?

      Take a Knee to Take a Stance: Can Athletes Do This? Colin Kaepernick paved the way for professional athletes who aren’t happy with the state of the nation to make their voices heard. Racial ...

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    • Warrantless Search & Seizure

      “Unreasonable” Acts vs. Probable Cause for Searches & Seizures “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects , against unreasonable searches and seizures , shall ...

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    • What Happens When Police Come to Your Door

      You’re at home, maybe with a few friends, when you hear a knock at the door. Glancing through the peephole, you spot a police officer waiting on the other side. You begin to panic, and you’re not sure ...

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    • What is Police Misconduct?

      The duty of all police officers is to protect their community by enforcing the law, making arrests, issuing tickets, responding to distress calls, and testifying at trial. Unfortunately, there are ...

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    • Understanding the Reid Technique in Police Interrogations

      Nine Steps to a Possible False Confession The Reid Technique is a notorious interview and interrogation method used by police officers and investigators. It consists of three elements, with the last ...

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    • How a Motion to Suppress Can Help Your Case

      If you have been charged with a criminal offense but there are doubts raised about certain pieces of evidence, they may be deemed inadmissible to be used in court. An experienced criminal defense ...

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    • The Miranda Warning: Know Your Rights in an Arrest

      A crime drama staple is a police officer or detective barking that someone has the right to remain silent while they are being arrested. If the television show or movie is particularly good, it will ...

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    • Is an Accidental Fire Considered Arson?

      Can You Go to Jail for Accidentally Starting a Fire? Weather is the most important factor that influences how fires start and spread , according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The ...

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    • Airplane Unruliness: What’s at Stake?

      Air travel has never been easier, safer, or more convenient. Many people rely on frequent flights for work, to travel to their favorite getaways, or to reconnect with their distant loved ones. ...

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    • Can You Go to Jail for Hitting Your Child?

      What Is Corporal Punishment? Corporal punishment is a discipline in the form of physical punishment. Maybe you were spanked as a child when you misbehaved, but over the decades, corporal punishment ...

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    • 5 Types of Police Misconduct to Know

      Frequent Types of Unlawful Conduct Committed by Police Did you know that government officials, such as police officers, can be prosecuted for crimes committed on the job? This fact is of a growing ...

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    • Bail vs. Bond

      Recognizing the Relationship Between Bail & Bond If you were arrested, you probably want to avoid being in jail longer than you need to. Luckily, you have the opportunity to secure a release from ...

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    • Excessive Bail & Your Legal Rights

      The Founding Fathers of our country were committed to individual freedom until proven guilty. In fact, they were so dedicated to this concept that they included provisions in our Constitution which ...

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    • Airplane Unruliness: What’s at Stake?

      Air travel has never been easier, safer, or more convenient. Many people rely on frequent flights for work, to travel to their favorite getaways, or to reconnect with their distant loved ones. ...

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    • Wisconsin Stand Your Ground Law

      Wisconsin Does Not Have a Stand Your Ground Law: What to Know If a person broke into your home and you needed to defend yourself, would you get in legal trouble for injuring or killing the intruder? ...

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    • Meaning of Malice in Criminal Law

      The term “malice” is often used in criminal contexts. It is the factor that could make or break a person’s case, as malice is often a component of serious crimes. In criminal law, malice is defined as ...

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    • Can I Legally Refuse a Field Sobriety Test?

      Being pulled over because a police officer suspects that you are driving drunk or driving while using drugs can be scary. If you had a couple of drinks over dinner with friends but you are unsure ...

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    • Penalty for Possession of Alcohol Under 21

      What Happens If You Get Caught Drinking Under 21? Teens and young adults are well-known for their tendencies to let loose and have fun. Getting “up to no good” is common for these age groups, and ...

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    • Memorial Day 2021: Tips, Risks & Facts

      What to Know for Memorial Day Weekend 2021 Memorial Day marks the kickoff to summer as well as one of the busiest travel times of the year, Now that more Americans are vaccinated and COVID-19 cases ...

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    • Can You Be Arrested for Accidental Shoplifting?

      You’re at your favorite big box store with the kids. It’s a hectic Saturday morning, and the kids are grabbing things off the shelves. You put them back, but don’t realize you missed one. You get ...

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    • Can Juvenile Offenders be Tried as Adults in Wisconsin?

      Milwaukee Juvenile Defense Lawyer Being arrested and charged with a criminal offense is a serious situation, whether you are an adult or a minor child. Although juvenile offenders typically go through ...

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    • Burglary: Not Just a Theft Crime

      If you do an image search for the word burglar , you will inevitably get a page full of people in dark clothing hefting away a sack of money that they clearly have just stolen. If you’re a fan of ...

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    • Concurrent vs. Consecutive Sentences

      What is the Difference Between Concurrent and Consecutive Sentencing? Are you facing charges for multiple crimes? You may be wondering what your sentence will look like. If you were charged for ...

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    • 10 Ways to Prepare for Your Zoom Court Hearing

      How to Prepare for Your Virtual Court Hearing Due to COVID-19, many criminal court trials have shifted to communication technology platforms such as Zoom. While this alternative is highly efficient, ...

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    • Rules of Probation in Wisconsin

      WI Standard Rules of Supervision Probation allows defendants to complete their sentence outside of jail or prison. Rather than spending time behind bars, defendants can be placed on probation, which ...

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    • Are Theft Crimes All Classified the Same Way?

      Most people consider the definition of theft to be when someone steals something that does not belong to them. However, the laws surrounding theft make it more complicated, and theft crimes are ...

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    • What Should Be Done in the Aftermath of a Car Accident to Avoid Criminal Charges?

      Car accidents happen every day, and the chances of a person being involved in one are relatively high. Up to 50 million people are involved in car accidents across the globe each year, and 1.35 ...

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    • Can a Child’s Wishes Override a Custody Arrangement?

      When parents decide to separate, it can be very difficult for any children who are involved. Custody battles ensue, and both parents must prove to the court why they are fit to care for their children ...

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    • Concurrent vs. Consecutive Sentences

      What is the Difference Between Concurrent and Consecutive Sentencing? Are you facing charges for multiple crimes? You may be wondering what your sentence will look like. If you were charged for ...

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    • Wisconsin Gambling Laws

      Is Gambling in Wisconsin Illegal? For starters, Wisconsin’s gambling laws do not compare to those in Las Vegas. However, some types of gambling are legal in certain areas within the state. Casinos ...

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    • What Happens if I’m Caught with Drug Paraphernalia?

      How Serious Is a Drug Paraphernalia Charge? The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) defines drug paraphernalia as any equipment, product, or material that is primarily intended or designed for ...

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    • Your Internet Browsing History and Its Use in Court

      The average person spends at least part of their day accessing the internet, be it for work, for school, or personal use. While most people use the internet to simplify daily tasks such as banking and ...

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    • SBA Loan Fraud & Possible Penalties

      SBA Loan Frauds 2020 to 2021: What You Need to Know The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has been offering economic stimulus programs to eligible business owners due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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    • 6 Common Holiday Crimes to Know this Season

      ‘Tis the Season for Criminal Threats The COVID-19 pandemic has driven people to prepare for the holidays a little bit earlier, making it a good time to discuss the not-so-cheerful side of the season: ...

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    • Can You Go to Jail for Hitting Your Child?

      What Is Corporal Punishment? Corporal punishment is a discipline in the form of physical punishment. Maybe you were spanked as a child when you misbehaved, but over the decades, corporal punishment ...

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    • 6 Common Holiday Crimes to Know this Season

      ‘Tis the Season for Criminal Threats The COVID-19 pandemic has driven people to prepare for the holidays a little bit earlier, making it a good time to discuss the not-so-cheerful side of the season: ...

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    • Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Key Facts & Figures

      Takeaways from Domestic Violence Awareness Month 811 victims were killed in domestic violence homicides between 2000 and 2019, while 72 people — both victims and perpetrators — were killed by domestic ...

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    • What Are Drug Conspiracy Charges?

      The word conspiracy makes any situation sound very sinister, however, its use in describing certain drug crimes is quite simple. Legally, a drug conspiracy takes place when multiple people come to an ...

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    • Can I Legally Share My Prescription Medication?

      Doctors prescribe certain medications to their patients to help them heal or to remedy the symptoms of chronic illnesses as part of the American healthcare system. The types of medications prescribed ...

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    • When Drug Charges Become Felonies

      There is a significant number of different drugs in the world, some of which we take at the suggestion of medical professionals to improve our quality of life or to fix an ailment. However, some drugs ...

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    • Bail vs. Bond

      Recognizing the Relationship Between Bail & Bond If you were arrested, you probably want to avoid being in jail longer than you need to. Luckily, you have the opportunity to secure a release from ...

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    • What Happens If I Don't Show Up for My Court Date?

      When a person is arrested, they are taken to the police station, booked, and held in custody until they are either able to post bail or are released by a judge on their “own recognizance,” known as an ...

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    • What Should Be Done in the Aftermath of a Car Accident to Avoid Criminal Charges?

      Car accidents happen every day, and the chances of a person being involved in one are relatively high. Up to 50 million people are involved in car accidents across the globe each year, and 1.35 ...

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    • Are All Federal Crimes Felonies?

      The classification of crimes can be confusing. Many factors are considered when a crime is being categorized, such as when and where it took place, how many people were involved, how old they were, ...

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    • Your Internet Browsing History and Its Use in Court

      The average person spends at least part of their day accessing the internet, be it for work, for school, or personal use. While most people use the internet to simplify daily tasks such as banking and ...

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    • Are Theft Crimes All Classified the Same Way?

      Most people consider the definition of theft to be when someone steals something that does not belong to them. However, the laws surrounding theft make it more complicated, and theft crimes are ...

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    • Are All Federal Crimes Felonies?

      The classification of crimes can be confusing. Many factors are considered when a crime is being categorized, such as when and where it took place, how many people were involved, how old they were, ...

      Read More
    • What Are Drug Conspiracy Charges?

      The word conspiracy makes any situation sound very sinister, however, its use in describing certain drug crimes is quite simple. Legally, a drug conspiracy takes place when multiple people come to an ...

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    • 10 Gun Safety Rules You Need to Know

      What Are Important Gun Safety Rules to Follow? Concealed carry is permitted in Wisconsin as long as residents have a Concealed Weapons License (CWL). While open carry is legal for any resident who is ...

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    • Wisconsin Firearm Laws: Who Can Carry a Gun?

      Amidst the myriad of mass shootings in the United States in recent years and their increased media coverage, gun laws throughout the United States have since garnered considerable discussion and ...

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    • Attorney Cherella Featured in a CBS 58 News Exclusive

      Milwaukee Criminal Defense Attorney Christopher Cherella was recently interviewed by CBS 58 in Milwaukee about the recent crime-spree in Milwaukee County. You can see the full video by visiting CBS ...

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    • Cherella Law Launches New Website

      Thank you for visiting the law offices of Christopher J. Cherella's new website. Cherella law focuses on Wisconsin criminal defense attorney cases, and Wisconsin Federal Criminal law cases. As time ...

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    • Wisconsin Gambling Laws

      Is Gambling in Wisconsin Illegal? For starters, Wisconsin’s gambling laws do not compare to those in Las Vegas. However, some types of gambling are legal in certain areas within the state. Casinos ...

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    • George Zimmerman Trial Verdict - Cherella Law Thoughts

      Now that things have cooled down a bit since the George Zimmerman trial verdict, I thought it best to briefly reflect on the case and its impact upon America. The case really did not present itself ...

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    • Can a Child’s Wishes Override a Custody Arrangement?

      When parents decide to separate, it can be very difficult for any children who are involved. Custody battles ensue, and both parents must prove to the court why they are fit to care for their children ...

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    • Parental Kidnapping: What You Need to Know

      Kidnapping is a serious criminal offense that carries a lengthy jail sentence and a hefty fine, but can you face these charges for kidnapping your own child? Depending on the purpose of your actions ...

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    • Memorial Day 2021: Tips, Risks & Facts

      What to Know for Memorial Day Weekend 2021 Memorial Day marks the kickoff to summer as well as one of the busiest travel times of the year, Now that more Americans are vaccinated and COVID-19 cases ...

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    • Marijuana Laws in Wisconsin

      While other states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, Wisconsin still maintains strict laws prohibiting the possession, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana. Marijuana charges can ...

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    • Are Theft Crimes All Classified the Same Way?

      Most people consider the definition of theft to be when someone steals something that does not belong to them. However, the laws surrounding theft make it more complicated, and theft crimes are ...

      Read More
    • What Should Be Done in the Aftermath of a Car Accident to Avoid Criminal Charges?

      Car accidents happen every day, and the chances of a person being involved in one are relatively high. Up to 50 million people are involved in car accidents across the globe each year, and 1.35 ...

      Read More
    • Can Misdemeanor Charges Be Lowered?

      Crimes are classified as misdemeanors or felonies. Misdemeanor charges are generally reserved for less serious crimes and are based on a scale ranging from least to most severe. Accordingly, there are ...

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    • Can I Legally Refuse a Field Sobriety Test?

      Being pulled over because a police officer suspects that you are driving drunk or driving while using drugs can be scary. If you had a couple of drinks over dinner with friends but you are unsure ...

      Read More
    • Memorial Day 2021: Tips, Risks & Facts

      What to Know for Memorial Day Weekend 2021 Memorial Day marks the kickoff to summer as well as one of the busiest travel times of the year, Now that more Americans are vaccinated and COVID-19 cases ...

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    • Alternatives to Driving on St. Patrick’s Day

      Ways to Avoid Driving in Milwaukee on St. Paddy’s Day St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and residents throughout Milwaukee are getting ready for the lucky day. If you plan on celebrating the ...

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    • Rules of Probation in Wisconsin

      WI Standard Rules of Supervision Probation allows defendants to complete their sentence outside of jail or prison. Rather than spending time behind bars, defendants can be placed on probation, which ...

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    • 6 Common Ways to Violate Probation

      For many, probation is a welcoming alternative compared to jail or prison time. However, being placed on probation does not mean that you are completely free from the criminal justice system, or that ...

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    • What Happens When Someone Violates Their Probation?

      When a person pleads to a crime, they will sometimes be put on probation instead of receiving a jail sentence. Under a probationary arrangement, a person will be required to abide by certain rules as ...

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    • Can You Go to Jail for Hitting Your Child?

      What Is Corporal Punishment? Corporal punishment is a discipline in the form of physical punishment. Maybe you were spanked as a child when you misbehaved, but over the decades, corporal punishment ...

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    • How to Remove a Restraining Order

      Judges use restraining orders as a tool in many different circumstances, ranging from domestic violence and abuse to stalking and harassment. Those who have an order filed against them are required ...

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    • Ryan Braun's Steroid Case and Suspension

      Yet another athlete has taken it upon himself to disgrace his sport, himself and the city that he represents. Ryan Braun's steroid case and suspension puts a black cloud over sports in general. ...

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    • 5 Types of Police Misconduct to Know

      Frequent Types of Unlawful Conduct Committed by Police Did you know that government officials, such as police officers, can be prosecuted for crimes committed on the job? This fact is of a growing ...

      Read More
    • Warrantless Search & Seizure

      “Unreasonable” Acts vs. Probable Cause for Searches & Seizures “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects , against unreasonable searches and seizures , shall ...

      Read More
    • What You Need to Know About Unlawful Searches & Seizures

      Being searched by law enforcement can be an incredibly overwhelming and intimidating experience, but this is not the time to give up your rights. Keep in mind that any time a search and seizure is ...

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    • Your Internet Browsing History and Its Use in Court

      The average person spends at least part of their day accessing the internet, be it for work, for school, or personal use. While most people use the internet to simplify daily tasks such as banking and ...

      Read More
    • Drake Bell Charged for Crimes Against a Child

      Drake Bell of ‘Drake and Josh’ Punished for Crimes Against a Child Former Nickelodeon TV show star Drake Bell was charged and sentenced on multiple charges involving crimes against a child. These ...

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    • What Does My Lewd Conduct Charge Mean?

      What Is Lewd & Lascivious Conduct? A common offense that people commit during the summertime, in particular, is lewd and lascivious behavior. People of all ages, especially young people, are eager to ...

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    • Is Kneeling During the National Anthem a Constitutional Right?

      Take a Knee to Take a Stance: Can Athletes Do This? Colin Kaepernick paved the way for professional athletes who aren’t happy with the state of the nation to make their voices heard. Racial ...

      Read More
    • Ryan Braun's Steroid Case and Suspension

      Yet another athlete has taken it upon himself to disgrace his sport, himself and the city that he represents. Ryan Braun's steroid case and suspension puts a black cloud over sports in general. ...

      Read More
    • Penalty for Possession of Alcohol Under 21

      What Happens If You Get Caught Drinking Under 21? Teens and young adults are well-known for their tendencies to let loose and have fun. Getting “up to no good” is common for these age groups, and ...

      Read More
    • What Does My Lewd Conduct Charge Mean?

      What Is Lewd & Lascivious Conduct? A common offense that people commit during the summertime, in particular, is lewd and lascivious behavior. People of all ages, especially young people, are eager to ...

      Read More
    • Memorial Day 2021: Tips, Risks & Facts

      What to Know for Memorial Day Weekend 2021 Memorial Day marks the kickoff to summer as well as one of the busiest travel times of the year, Now that more Americans are vaccinated and COVID-19 cases ...

      Read More
    • Are Theft Crimes All Classified the Same Way?

      Most people consider the definition of theft to be when someone steals something that does not belong to them. However, the laws surrounding theft make it more complicated, and theft crimes are ...

      Read More
    • Robbery vs. Burglary: What’s the Difference?

      Difference Between Robbery and Burglary Explained A popular misconception is that robbery and burglary are the same. That is not true, because while robbery and burglary are considered theft crimes, ...

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    • What Happens If I Borrow Something and Forget to Return It?

      When Borrowing Becomes Stealing If you borrow something, you have the intent to return it. But things come up all the time, whether they be appointments, last-minute dinner plans, homework, client or ...

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    • Wisconsin's Three Strikes Law Explained

      Wisconsin is one of 28 total states which have laws which impose heavier sentences for repeat offenders. These laws, often referred to as “Three Strikes” laws, are created with the intent to keep ...

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    • Traffic Stops: What You Can and Can’t Say No To

      Driving legally is a privilege in the United States, and with that privilege comes many rules and stipulations that must be followed by all drivers. If you break any laws while driving a car, you run ...

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    • Penalty for Possession of Alcohol Under 21

      What Happens If You Get Caught Drinking Under 21? Teens and young adults are well-known for their tendencies to let loose and have fun. Getting “up to no good” is common for these age groups, and ...

      Read More
    • Is Road Rage a Crime?

      Road Rage Meaning The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the month of August is one of the deadliest months for drivers, especially teen drivers. Also coined the “100 ...

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    • Airplane Unruliness: What’s at Stake?

      Air travel has never been easier, safer, or more convenient. Many people rely on frequent flights for work, to travel to their favorite getaways, or to reconnect with their distant loved ones. ...

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    • Is Coughing on Someone an Assault?

      We are living through a global pandemic thanks to the COVID-19 virus, and many people are on much higher alert about their surroundings and the people near them than ever before. It is reasonable to ...

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    • Is Road Rage a Crime?

      Road Rage Meaning The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the month of August is one of the deadliest months for drivers, especially teen drivers. Also coined the “100 ...

      Read More
    • Meaning of Malice in Criminal Law

      The term “malice” is often used in criminal contexts. It is the factor that could make or break a person’s case, as malice is often a component of serious crimes. In criminal law, malice is defined as ...

      Read More
    • 10 Gun Safety Rules You Need to Know

      What Are Important Gun Safety Rules to Follow? Concealed carry is permitted in Wisconsin as long as residents have a Concealed Weapons License (CWL). While open carry is legal for any resident who is ...

      Read More
    • What Constitutes Gang-Related Crime?

      Where Guns, Drugs & Violence Meet About 33,000 violent street, motorcycle and prison gangs currently exist in the US, according to the FBI . Popular gang crimes involve robbery, drug and gun ...

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    • Wisconsin Gambling Laws

      Is Gambling in Wisconsin Illegal? For starters, Wisconsin’s gambling laws do not compare to those in Las Vegas. However, some types of gambling are legal in certain areas within the state. Casinos ...

      Read More
    • SBA Loan Fraud & Possible Penalties

      SBA Loan Frauds 2020 to 2021: What You Need to Know The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has been offering economic stimulus programs to eligible business owners due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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    • 8 Common types of Credit Card Fraud

      How Do Credit Card Frauds Happen? Credit card fraud is the unauthorized use of a credit or debit card to fraudulently obtains money or property. This crime is the most frequent type of identity theft ...

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