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Guilty or not? It's up to you to decide how to plead

Plea bargaining is something your attorney may talk to you about if you are likely to be found guilty of a crime and can see a significant reduction in penalties by taking a guilty plea. According to the Offices of the United States Attorneys, the government is able to offer a plea deal to help a defendant avoid trial and to, potentially, reduce the risk of a more serious or lengthy sentence.

Innocent? You need to defend yourself carefully

You were at home when a break-in happened down the street from your house. The individual who caused all the trouble looked similar to you, and witnesses claimed that you were the person they saw. You ended up in a police station trying to argue that you were at home all night. It's been a frustrating situation.

Tips for reducing bias during a criminal trial

Having a conversation about race before, during and after a trial could help defendants in Wisconsin and throughout the country. There are many steps that attorneys may take to help jurors acknowledge their own biases and how they may influence how they evaluate a case. Attorneys are also encouraged to learn more about implicit bias and how it could influence their willingness to defend certain types of clients over others.

Miranda rights protect people against self-incrimination

Miranda warnings are well-known to many people in Wisconsin, especially as they have become famous as the indication of an arrest in movie and television police dramas. When people face an arrest themselves, however, they may not be sure how these warnings protect their rights. The Miranda warnings have been widely used since 1966 when a Supreme Court decision found that police have an obligation to notify people being arrested of their rights under the Fifth Amendment, which protects people against obligatory self-incrimination.

Racial disparity in prisons persists despite positive trends

While racial disparities in the criminal justice system have declined in the past 16 years, black men in Wisconsin and nationwide are still likelier to be imprisoned and receive longer sentences. These statistics come according to a study by the Council on Criminal Justice, a think tank that brings together concerned voices from both major political parties, law enforcement and criminal justice reform campaigns. The report notes that racial divisions in imprisonment for different types of crimes declined in local jails and state prisons as well as in the parole and probation systems.

Wisconsin restaurant allegedly burglarized by ex-employee

The management of a restaurant in Racine, Wisconsin, recently fired an employee for reportedly not showing up to work. Following an apparently fruitless attempt to obtain his old job, he then allegedly used a key he kept for after-hours to break into the building. He now faces a felony count of burglary and a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance in connection with the incident. 

Evaluating inaccuracies in breath test results

Taking a roadside breath test may be intimidating, especially if you have been pulled over by a law enforcement officer. Officers use breath test devices to measure a driver’s blood alcohol content level and determine if he or she is driving above the legal limit. Yet, inaccuracies in breath test device results may lead to wrongful DUI charges

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