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Post-conviction DNA testing in Wisconsin

Following being convicted of a crime, there are various actions a person may be able to take to try to challenge the conviction. These could include actions related to DNA evidence. For example, in some instances, a convicted individual might request that DNA testing be done on evidence that was not previously tested or had previously been tested with methods less accurate than currently available ones.

Here in Wisconsin, state law sets up various rules regarding the requesting of such post-conviction testing. This includes rules on: the requirements for making such a request, the process of making such a request and what a court must find to order such testing.

Charges of maintaining a drug place in Wisconsin

Certain allegations can put the owner of a property in a very serious situation. Among these are accusations of drug activity occurring on their property. Such allegations could leave a property owner facing drug charges, such as the charge of maintaining a drug place.

State law makes it a Class I felony crime to maintain or keep, knowingly, a structure or place that is used for any of the following:

  • Keeping drugs.
  • Manufacturing drugs.
  • Delivering drugs.
  • The purpose of using drugs by drug users.

First-time Wisconsin OWIs: Not criminal offenses, but still very impactful

Not all operating while intoxicated offenses here in Wisconsin fall under the classification of a criminal offense. Rather, under current state law, first offenses of OWI are generally noncriminal violations.

However, this does not mean that having good legal guidance regarding one’s defense isn’t important when facing accusations of a first offense of drunk driving in Wisconsin. Such guidance can play a big role in a person having a full and accurate understanding of their options and rights when facing such accusations. Such an understanding can be critical in cases involving counts of a first-offense OWI due to the fact that, even when it is for a noncriminal violation, a Wisconsin OWI conviction can have major impacts on a person’s life.

A Questionable Police Interrogation Technique Is Going Out Of Favor

You may not know the Reid Method of police interrogation by name, but there is a good chance you are familiar with it through the depiction of police questioning in movies and on television.

The "confrontational" interrogation strategy includes tactics such as extensive questioning in small quarters, assertive presentation of evidence (real or manufactured), and repeated accusations of guilt. The Reid Method has been used for decades by police forces nationwide and produced thousands of confessions.

Wisconsin’s online sex offender registry gets lots of traffic

Here in Wisconsin, being required to register as a sex offender has many implications. Among these is that a person’s status as a registered sex offender and other information on them is put up on publicly-accessible online resources provided by the state.

Recent data underscores how often such resources are accessed by the public. The data is on page views and traffic regarding state web pages with information on sex offenders last year. Reportedly, the state’s online sex offender registry and similar resources, in total, averaged nearly 500,000 visits a month that year. And, that year, state online resources regarding information on sex offenders saw 19 million page views.

Stakes particularly high in armed robbery cases

Robbery is a felony offense in Wisconsin. So, facing robbery allegations in the state has the potential to have all kinds of major life impacts on a person. The situation can take on an even higher level of seriousness if they are accused of armed robbery.

Standard robbery offenses are Class E felonies under state law. Armed robbery, however, comes in at a much higher felony class, with much higher potential penalties. Specifically, armed robbery is a Class C felony.

Social media restrictions on sex offenders

Social media can play a big role in an individual’s life. And this isn’t just limited to their personal life, but can extend to their professional life. A person’s social media presence can play a big role in them crafting their professional image. Also, some jobs might require a person to use social media.

So, restrictions on social media use could impact a person in a range of different ways. One thing that could lead to a person facing such restrictions is being convicted of a sex crime.

Some drug cases involve a plethora of charges

One of the things that can make drug crime cases particularly complicated is their potential to involve a great number of charges.

An example of how charge-heavy such cases can get can be seen in some recent news that has come up here in Wisconsin. It has been reported that nearly two dozen drug charges have been leveled against a woman from Sturgeon Bay.

Meth-related paraphernalia charges can be particularly serious

The type of drug a given drug case is alleged to have involved can have very big impacts here in Wisconsin. It can even have major effects in drug paraphernalia cases. Specifically, a person accused of this type of offense in the state could be exposed to especially major consequences if the alleged paraphernalia involved is related to meth production.

Generally, here in Wisconsin, a person can face up to 30 days of imprisonment and/or a $500 fine for drug paraphernalia possession. Meanwhile, typically, the maximum punishments for delivering or manufacturing such materials in the state are a 90-day term of imprisonment and a $1,000 fine.

Lawsuit regarding police stops brought against Milwaukee

A police stop is when a police officer stops a person to investigate potential criminal activity. Sometimes, frisks or other searches come out of such stops. One would hope that police would only use such stops in a way that is respectful of people’s rights and which stays within the bounds of the U.S. Constitution. A recent class-action lawsuit alleges that police in Milwaukee have crossed the line when it comes to their use of police stops.

This lawsuit against the city was brought by the ACLU. Included among the accusations the lawsuit makes are that:

  • The city’s police department carries out a stop-and-frisk program that is large in nature.
  • This program has resulted in police stopping individuals without reasonable suspicion, and is thus unconstitutional.
  • The program disproportionately targets minorities (specifically, black and Latino individuals).
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