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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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    • The Relationship Between Probable Cause & Search & Seizure

      The concept of probable cause is rooted in the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution . Observations, experience, and known information –can give law enforcement probable cause for arrests, ...

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    • Refusing Blood Test No Longer a Prior Wisconsin OWI Offense

      In a 4-3 decision, the majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on June 3, 2022, that an aspect of the graduated-penalty scheme in multiple OWIs is unconstitutional. OWI (Operating While ...

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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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    • Reasons Why You Should Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent

      “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” Americans are generally aware of the right to remain silent, often from scenes in movies and ...

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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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    • 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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    • Assault vs. Battery in Wisconsin

      Violent crimes are some of the most serious crimes a person can be charged with, and often result in serious penalties. Most of these crimes fall under one of two classifications: assault or battery. ...

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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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    • 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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    • Assault vs. Battery in Wisconsin

      Violent crimes are some of the most serious crimes a person can be charged with, and often result in serious penalties. Most of these crimes fall under one of two classifications: assault or battery. ...

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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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    • Refusing Blood Test No Longer a Prior Wisconsin OWI Offense

      In a 4-3 decision, the majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on June 3, 2022, that an aspect of the graduated-penalty scheme in multiple OWIs is unconstitutional. OWI (Operating While ...

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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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    • 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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    • WI Specialty Courts Focus on Treatment, Not Punishment

      When someone is accused of a crime, the typical path is for the criminal defense attorney to negotiate with prosecutors to reduce or drop charges or argue for the alleged offender in court. There is ...

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    • What Is the Difference Between a Jury and a Bench Trial?

      A jury of your peers renders a decision on guilt in a jury trial while the judge has that task in a bench trial. Each type of trial has its advantages and risks. Bench and jury trials are used in ...

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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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    • No Statute of Limitations for Wisconsin Murder Charges

      The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) announced on Aug. 12 that charges had been filed in a double murder that occurred more than 30 years ago. Tony G. ...

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    • What Are Inchoate Crimes and Are They Serious?

      The term “inchoate” is not used often in everyday conversation, but you are undoubtedly familiar with some inchoate crimes: attempted kidnapping, solicitation to commit murder, and conspiracy to ...

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    • Milwaukee Homicides Increase Despite Drop in Violent Crimes

      As a criminal defense law firm , we are always interested in news related to our work. So, when the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) released a report detailing crime in the city, we paid close ...

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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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    • Suspected Domestic Violence Victim Cannot Drop the Charges

      Once a police officer arrives on the scene, they must arrest the person they perceive to be the dominant aggressor if they have reasonable grounds to believe that person is committing or has committed ...

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    • Getting a Restraining Order in Wisconsin

      Experiencing domestic violence is traumatic and can lead someone to reasonably worry about their long-term safety. Victims of domestic violence can seek protection through restraining orders. The ...

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    • Assault vs. Battery in Wisconsin

      Violent crimes are some of the most serious crimes a person can be charged with, and often result in serious penalties. Most of these crimes fall under one of two classifications: assault or battery. ...

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    • What Makes a Wisconsin Drug Kingpin?

      Green Bay. Watertown. Milwaukee. These and other Wisconsin cites are locations where federal and state agents have uncovered massive drug operations. Drug kingpins are not just stereotypes found in ...

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    • Drug Offenses Account for 31% of All Federal Crimes

      Drug crimes overtook immigration offenses as the most common federal crime in fiscal year 2021 (FY2021). Drug possession crimes saw a decrease, while drug trafficking cases went up. Overall, there ...

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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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    • 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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    • Buffalo & Uvalde Mass Shootings Spur Bipartisan Gun Bill

      President Joe Biden signed into law a bipartisan gun bill less than two months after a shooter killed 10 people in Buffalo, NY, and one month after 19 were killed in Uvalde, TX. The Bipartisan Safer ...

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    • What Makes a Wisconsin Drug Kingpin?

      Green Bay. Watertown. Milwaukee. These and other Wisconsin cites are locations where federal and state agents have uncovered massive drug operations. Drug kingpins are not just stereotypes found in ...

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    • Drug Offenses Account for 31% of All Federal Crimes

      Drug crimes overtook immigration offenses as the most common federal crime in fiscal year 2021 (FY2021). Drug possession crimes saw a decrease, while drug trafficking cases went up. Overall, there ...

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    • What Are Inchoate Crimes and Are They Serious?

      The term “inchoate” is not used often in everyday conversation, but you are undoubtedly familiar with some inchoate crimes: attempted kidnapping, solicitation to commit murder, and conspiracy to ...

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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, ...

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    • Who Can Own Guns in Wisconsin?

      The 2 nd amendment affords American citizens the right to bear arms for purposes such as self-protection and hunting. Many citizens in Wisconsin choose to partake in that right. However, the state ...

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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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    • What Are Inchoate Crimes and Are They Serious?

      The term “inchoate” is not used often in everyday conversation, but you are undoubtedly familiar with some inchoate crimes: attempted kidnapping, solicitation to commit murder, and conspiracy to ...

      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 ...

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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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    • Refusing Blood Test No Longer a Prior Wisconsin OWI Offense

      In a 4-3 decision, the majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on June 3, 2022, that an aspect of the graduated-penalty scheme in multiple OWIs is unconstitutional. OWI (Operating While ...

      Read More
    • 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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    • Wisconsin Probation Violations

      Anyone convicted of a crime will have to face certain penalties as punishment for their actions. In some cases, people serving time in jail or prison can be released on probation. Probation may also ...

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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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    • Wisconsin Reckless Driving Charges

      Each state has its own driving-related laws to keep the roads safe for daily use. When a person breaks these laws, they might face serious punishment. Reckless driving is a criminal offense in the ...

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    • Harassment vs. Domestic Abuse Restraining Orders

      A restraining order prohibits an individual from taking certain actions against or toward another person. In Wisconsin, we have four different types of restraining orders with each having its own ...

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    • Getting a Restraining Order in Wisconsin

      Experiencing domestic violence is traumatic and can lead someone to reasonably worry about their long-term safety. Victims of domestic violence can seek protection through restraining orders. The ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      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. ...

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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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    • 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 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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    • Sex Trafficking Can Be Argued as a Defense for Homicide

      A 17-year-old girl allegedly shot a man in the head, set his house on fire, and stole his BMW in June 2018. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in July 2022 that state law gives her the right to argue ...

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    • New WI Law Addressing Rape Kit Backlog Goes into Effect

      A new law that sets timelines for rape kit collection, processing, and storage went into effect on July 1, 2022. Governor Tony Evers signed 2021 Wisconsin Act 116 on Dec. 6, 2021. The 2021 Wisconsin ...

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    • Sex Crimes in Wisconsin

      Sex crimes are considered some of the most heinous crimes in court and among the public. The consequences of a sex crime conviction can be severe, depending on the context of the crime. Even being ...

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Wisconsin’s Point System for Traffic Violations

      The Wisconsin Driver’s License Point System Explained Many people will be pulled over by law enforcement while driving and receive a traffic ticket at some point in their life. Some people feel that, ...

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    • Wisconsin Reckless Driving Charges

      Each state has its own driving-related laws to keep the roads safe for daily use. When a person breaks these laws, they might face serious punishment. Reckless driving is a criminal offense in the ...

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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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    • Milwaukee Homicides Increase Despite Drop in Violent Crimes

      As a criminal defense law firm , we are always interested in news related to our work. So, when the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) released a report detailing crime in the city, we paid close ...

      Read More
    • 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. ...

      Read More
    • 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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    • Buffalo & Uvalde Mass Shootings Spur Bipartisan Gun Bill

      President Joe Biden signed into law a bipartisan gun bill less than two months after a shooter killed 10 people in Buffalo, NY, and one month after 19 were killed in Uvalde, TX. The Bipartisan Safer ...

      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 ...

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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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    • Is Identity Theft Common in Wisconsin?

      Wisconsin has several statutes that outline identity theft laws and consequences. This white-collar crime has been around for hundreds of years, but the manner in which the crimes are committed has ...

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    • The Consequences of Credit Card Fraud

      People may think of large-scale schemes and big organizations when they think of the term credit card fraud. However, credit card fraud can be committed by the average person. Many people use their ...

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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