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The consequences of crime

A criminal defense charge is a complex problem with a complex solution. Those arrested with criminal charges in Wisconsin face a series of procedures ranging from court hearings to prison sentences. The incident may be clear, but the outlook of future possible punishment is less straightforward.  

Are field sobriety tests really accurate?

People in Wisconsin may find it helpful to understand what may transpire during a traffic stop that turns into a potential investigation for suspected driving under the influence. There may be a few different tests that law enforcment officers ask you to participate in before they decide whether or not to place you under arrests. These are called field sobriety tests. It is important for you to know that these tests are not 100-percent accurate.

What are the benefits of a plea bargain?

In Wisconsin, plea bargains or negotiations may be an option to look into for those who feel like the sentence or odds they currently face are against them. While there is plenty of controversy surrounding the general notion of plea bargains and whether they're good for anyone involved, you may also benefit off of them in several different ways.

How does the law define reckless injury?

The common thought amongst most in West Bend is likely that in order for a crime to be committed, there has to be a certain level of intent. So what happens if you injure someone when you didn’t intend to? Could you still be charged with a crime? The answer may depend on the nature of your conduct that led to another person sustaining an injury.

Reviewing the different categories of crimes in Wisconsin

For residents of West Bend, any criminal charge is likely to be taken very seriously. Having said that, it may be understood that different offenses carry with them various penalties. Most may be familiar with the terms “felony” and “misdemeanor,” and recognize that these offenses differ. In the simplest terms, Section 939.60 of the Wisconsin state statutes says that felonies are offenses punishable by imprisonment, while all others are considered to be misdemeanors. There are, however, distinctions within these classes of offenses, and even a third category of crimes many may not know about.

Difference between parole and probation

The criminal justice system is fairly complex and often involves various terms and regulations that can be quite confusing to the average person. For instance, perhaps you've heard someone in Wisconsin refer to parole and probation interchangeably, as though they were the same things. If you, however, have some sort of background in law or have had prior experience navigating the system, you might be aware that these terms pertain to two very different conditions within the criminal justice process.

Was the Breathalyzer calibrated correctly?

If you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in Wisconsin, you face considerable penalties if convicted, even if it is your first time ever to face such a charge. Given how harsh the punishments may be and how much you may have to pay in fines and for alternative transportation, among related expenditures, there is a lot riding on the results of your breath test.

What are the possible penalties for drunk driving?

If you are facing drunk driving allegations, you may be struggling with a myriad of challenges. For example, you may be worried about the impact that the accusations will have on your future in West Bend or you could be upset because you believe that your rights were violated by Wisconsin authorities. Regardless of the unique details pertaining to your situation, you should carefully examine your options and understand the severity of drunk driving charges.

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