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DNA evidence hasn’t made wrongful convictions a thing of the past

One would hope that a person would never be subjected to being convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. Unfortunately, wrongful convictions sometimes happen. A variety of things could lead to an innocent person being found guilty, including: false confessions, inaccurate eyewitness testimony, unreliable evidence or trial errors.

The right to confront: When does it apply?

When it comes to criminal proceedings, public attention is mostly focused on trials. However, it is important to remember that such proceedings consist of far more than a trial. There are all kinds of important hearings and processes such proceedings involve prior to a trial. What happens during these hearings and processes can have considerable impacts on a person who has been accused of a crime.

The concerns over police drone use

Drone technology has developed significantly in recent years, with many organizations starting to use or look into using drones in their operations. This includes some police departments. When police start using a new technology in their law enforcement efforts, concerns and issues can come up regarding various aspects of how police use the technology.

Recent set of crime bills includes bills on juvenile imprisonment

Being incarcerated has major impacts on a person’s life. It can have especially big implications for a juvenile. So, among the big concerns a parent can have when their teen has been accused of a crime is whether their teen could face imprisonment.

Could new treatment programs be on the way in Wisconsin?

What drug/alcohol treatment programs are available in the state’s criminal justice system can have big impacts on individuals accused of drug or alcohol-related crimes here in Wisconsin. It could have impacts on what options they have for trying to reduce the punishments they could end up facing and the negative impacts their situation could have on their life. It also could have impacts on how able those that are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction are to get the treatment they need to get their life back to where they want it to be.

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.

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.

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.

Sometimes, faulty DNA testing strikes in criminal cases

DNA evidence can be a big factor in a wide range of different criminal cases. Now, DNA evidence, just like other types evidence, is not immune to being flawed or inaccurate. There are various things that could throw the accuracy of DNA evidence off. One is if the testing of such evidence isn’t handled right by a DNA lab.

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