A number of factors can affect which kind of DUI charge a prosecutor will choose to file against any Wisconsin resident is who accused of drunk driving. One factor is whether or not an accused individual has ever been convicted of OWI or DUI before. If a person has previous convictions, he or she could face increasingly severe consequences if the court decides to convict again. That is why a strong DUI defense is necessary to ensuring that all of the circumstances of an arrest are considered and that the rights of the accused are fully protected in court.
Sometimes law enforcement authorities work secretly with federal agencies in order to charge Wisconsin residents with drug crimes. These investigations can last for years while the police try to get as much evidence as they can for a possible conviction. But even if numerous law enforcement agencies work together, there can still be serious flaws in the way an investigation or an arrest is conducted. To protect the rights of the accused, a strong criminal defense will work to find those flaws and seek a significant reduction of charges.
This week's post relates in many ways to the topic of last week's entry: should consensual sex between teenagers result in jail time? As Wisconsin residents likely know, the matter isn't exactly cut and dry. Still, more often than not, criminal complaints are written to make conviction seem the only possible outcome of court proceedings. That is why a solid criminal defense will call into question the validity of a police report or a prosecutor's complaint, placing the burden of proof squarely on the prosecution and not on the defendant.
Despite what police and media reports would have us believe, many sex crimes cases are not as black and white as they might seem. While being charged with a sex offense is always a very serious matter, readers in the Milwaukee area likely know that police officers gather evidence specifically with a view toward obtaining a conviction. But the will to convict is not the same thing as having enough evidence to send people to jail and label them sex offenders for the rest of their lives. With these issues in mind, Wisconsin residents may be interested to hear of a case involving a young man who was convicted of a sex offense after it was determined that, as a senior in high school, he had sex with his girlfriend, who was a 14-year-old freshman at the time.