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Petit & Dommershausen Solar Panel

The Petit & Dommershausen law office solar panel installation is underway! Haven’t seen it yet? Drive by our Appleton Area office at 1650 Midway Road in Menasha  to see the solar panel.  Our firm is proud to have the opportunity to utilize solar technology in Northeast Wisconsin.  Renewable energy is the power supply of the future.  Did you know that by 2040, renewable energy is projected to equal coal and natural gas electricity generation. Curious about our project? Give us a call at 920-739-9900.


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Mile of Music 5

Petit & Dommershausen, SC Welcomes Mile of Music

Please find the Mile 5 Schedule information here! Contact the law firm here!

The Attorneys and Staff at P&D would like to extend a warm welcome to all the artists and music fans attending the 2017 Mile of Music.  Many of the Attorneys and Staff may be found at the various venues enjoying all that Mile 5 has to offer again this year.  P&D is a law firm in your community and a part of your community.  We are happy to serve you and your legal needs.


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Is your criminal conviction in Wisconsin stopping you from becoming a police officer?

It is common for people to have criminal backgrounds. In fact nearly one-third of American adults have been arrested by age 23. However, not all convictions prevent you from obtaining a job in law enforcement, especially in Wisconsin. While each jurisdiction and agency has specific regulations, generally speaking, individuals with felony, and certain misdemeanor convictions/arrests will be disqualified from becoming a law enforcement officer. The Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (Wis. Stat. 111.321, 111.322, 111.335) prohibits discrimination based on a conviction record unless the circumstances surrounding the conviction are substantially related to the circumstances of the particular job. This could mean those who have been arrested or convicted of less severe misdemeanors still have an opportunity.


The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board requires that candidates:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have a valid Wisconsin driver’s license
  • Possess a two-year associate degree, or 60 credit hours from a technical school or other law enforcement major (within five years of employment). Fox Valley technical college and UW-Oshkosh have criminal justice programs!
  • Have never been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony
  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Undergo a thorough background check and fingerprinting
  • Pass a physical examination from a licensed physician regarding physical fitness levels
  • Pass a psychological examination by a licensed psychiatrist


Still have questions? Our skilled Fox Valley and Oshkosh attorneys are here to help you. Individual departments additionally have their own guidelines. An experienced lawyer can help you navigate the criminal justice system to keep your career options open in the future.


The specific convictions vary from state to state but the types of offenses that may disqualify a person from becoming a police officer include the following:

  • Use of a controlled substance, other than marijuana, at any time
  • Use of marijuana within the past three to five years
  • Sale of any controlled substance at any time
  • A felony conviction
  • Revocation or suspension of driver’s license in the past three years
  • Conviction for a sexual offense


If you have questions, you should reach out to our Fox Valley attorneys at 920-739-9900 or our Oshkosh attorneys at 920-231-0699.

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Purchasing a Home: Why Buyers Should Have Legal Counsel

First Time Homebuyer?

The decision to purchase a home is at the same time thrilling and overwhelming. It begins with a few internet searches and downloading a real estate app and suddenly it is market reports and researching the different ways to take title. The home-buying process is full of confusing information. Hiring an attorney can help sort through all the clutter.

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The Law Firm with the Cars | Fiat | Appleton | Oshkosh | Wisconsin


Have you been to the Outagamie Courthouse, Winnebago Courthouse, or another Northeast Wisconsin Courthouse lately? Did you see any Fiat vehicles letting you know about our firm? Well you have found us.  We are Petit & Dommershausen, S.C.  We are located in Menasha (Appleton area) and Oshkosh.  We are a law firm serving all of Northeast Wisconsin.

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Stiffer Penalties for OWI Offenses in Appleton and Oshkosh

Stiffer penalties are now coming in 2017 for people convicted of Operating While Intoxicated in Appleton, Oshkosh, and throughout Wisconsin.  The new law becomes effective, kicks in, on Jan. 1, 2017.  The new law makes a fourth OWI offense a felony and will also increases the maximum sentence for fifth and sixth offenses from three years imprisonment to five years imprisonment.

Petit & Dommershausen, S.C. would like to remind our friends and neighbors of the great options available for a safe ride home if you have had too much to drink.  Should you or a loved one encounter a legal matter related to OWI, please do not hesitate to contact our firm at 920-739-9900.

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Attorney Britteny LaFond | Big Brothers Big Sisters | Board of Directors

Attorney Britteny LaFond has been named to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region Board of Directors.  Ms. LaFond is committed to providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  Ms. LaFond is driven to help all children achieve success in life.

Petit & Dommershausen, S.C. congratulates Attorney LaFond on her being named to the Board of Directors and commends her efforts to help children in our community.  Great Outcomes Don’t Just Happen.

For more information, please visit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region.

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Great Outcomes Don't Just Happen

From the Appleton Post-Crescent. Jill Zettel. Great Outcomes Don’t Just Happen.

MENASHA – Three local teachers were honored with the “Great Outcomes Don’t Just Happen” award by Petit and Dommershausen Law Firm.

Christa Knepfel, a kindergarten teacher at Janet Berry Elementary School, received the award for Appleton at the elementary level.

Ryan Marx, a science teacher at Appleton East High School, was honored for Appleton at the secondary level.

Kristin Treml, a kindergarten teacher at Clovis Grove Elementary School, received the elementary level award for Menasha educators.

The award honors the hard work, dedication and care educators provide to students, said Greg Petit, in an email to USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. Nominees can include administrators, teachers, school staff, coaches and volunteers.

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Oshkosh, Alcohol, and Public Intoxication

The snow is melting in Oshkosh and soon spring will be here— starting the annual season of pub crawls, music festivals…..and the drinking that’s common at these events.  While this is a part of life for many young people and students in the area, here are some things to keep in mind so you can stay out of trouble.

First, the City of Oshkosh has its own municipal code, and you can be charged with violating it by the city.  These offenses have separate penalties that are not necessarily the same as if you charged with a crime by the state.  Relevant to most college students is Section 17-7, which prohibits having open alcohol containers in certain public areas—for instance, on streets and sidewalks.  If you violate this law, you can be fined anywhere from $75 to $500, in addition to having to pay court fees.  If you don’t pay the fine, your driver’s license can be suspended or you could even serve up to 60 days in jail.

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