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Booby Traps in Wisconsin: Can I Get in Criminal Trouble for Using Them?

By PD Blogger | September 10, 2022 | Comments Off on Booby Traps in Wisconsin: Can I Get in Criminal Trouble for Using Them?

To make a long story short, Wisconsin criminal courts will not look fondly on you using booby traps for any purpose- especially if someone is killed or seriously injured because of one. Wisconsin has also made clear through the law that one particular type of a booby trap (spring gun) is a felony. Do not…

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What is “Maintenance”?

By PD Blogger | August 10, 2022 | Comments Off on What is “Maintenance”?

If you are considering or going through a divorce, you may have heard the term “maintenance”.   Maintenance is the term for payments made by one spouse to the other after a divorce.  Many still refer and recognize maintenance by the term, “alimony”. For some, the term maintenance may cause stress and anxiety. However, it is…

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Bail and Bond in Wisconsin

By PD Blogger | January 17, 2022 | Comments Off on Bail and Bond in Wisconsin

It’s Friday at 2:30 and you are before a court commissioner or judge.  The previous evening you were arrested and spent the night in jail.  Now you are about have a hearing where your bond will be set.  You are very likely wondering what happens next?  At this hearing, the judge will hear arguments from…

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Adult Child Arrested?!

By Nathan Wojan | January 2, 2022 | Comments Off on Adult Child Arrested?!

Oh my God, my adult child is charged with a crime. What do you do if your adult child is charged with a crime? The first thing that comes to mind is probably panic. However, the first thing you should be doing is contacting a criminal defense attorney well versed in the law. This is…

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Employment in Wisconsin with a Felony

By PD Blogger | December 8, 2021 | Comments Off on Employment in Wisconsin with a Felony

What do comedian Tim Allen, Martha Stewart and actor Robert Downey Jr. all have in common? They all spent some time in jail for criminal activity. However, the public forgave their flaws and embraced them nonetheless. They were able to find employment after their crimes.  So what do you do if you have a felony;…

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Pardons in Wisconsin 101

By PD Blogger | September 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Pardons in Wisconsin 101

What is a pardon?A pardon is forgiveness by the governor for a crime previously committed. A pardon is different from expungement, where the record is completely removed as if it never occurred. A pardon restores legal rights associated with a conviction; for example, a previously convicted felon can have their gun rights restored upon the…

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We Can Help with Divorce in Wisconsin Step by Step

By Nathan Wojan | June 30, 2021 | Comments Off on We Can Help with Divorce in Wisconsin Step by Step

Each county, and sometimes each court, does things a little bit differently. You should check with your local attorneys for complete information. Our legal team can help you understand the process, your options, and assist you in selecting the options that are best for your circumstances. Our firm will help you analyze and pursue your…

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Debunking the Myth that Eyewitness Identification is Reliable

By PD Blogger | April 16, 2021 | Comments Off on Debunking the Myth that Eyewitness Identification is Reliable

We’ve heard it in the news; we’ve seen it on our Facebook feeds; we’ve seen it on the latest Netflix documentary—There are innocent folks in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. The number one reason why? The admissibility of unreliable and inaccurate eyewitness testimony and misidentification. According to the Innocence Project , 358 people who…

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Important Tax Information While Going Through Divorce

By PD Blogger | December 29, 2020 | Comments Off on Important Tax Information While Going Through Divorce

Determine your filing status. Your marital status at the end of the year determines how you file your tax return. If you were divorced by midnight on December 31 of the tax year, you will file separately from your former spouse. If you are the custodial parent for your children, you may qualify for the…

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COVID 19 Court Hearings

By PD Blogger | December 5, 2020 | Comments Off on COVID 19 Court Hearings

               During the COVID-19 Pandemic, many court proceedings have become virtual, using apps such as Zoom or Pexip. Attending court appearances from your home, by computer or phone, is very convenient but can give a false sense of casualness. Virtual hearings are still formal proceedings and you should approach them with seriousness. You don’t want to…

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