Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin and a law firm filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Milwaukee Police department of operating a "vast and unconstitutional stop-and-frisk program" that targeted African-Americans and Latinos. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of six plaintiffs who had been stopped, sometimes multiple times, by officers with no reasonable suspicion that they were involved in criminal behavior.
The Internet has made it easier for people in Milwaukee and elsewhere to learn personal information about others. However, the Internet has also carved out new criminal offenses that penalize individuals for wrongly using the Internet. One of these possible criminal offenses is cyberstalking. Recently, a man has been charged with cyberstalking.
Those who sell drugs should be careful when selling their products. Undercover police can be anywhere. One unknowing Milwaukee man sold drugs to undercover police not once, not twice, not three times, but four times. He now faces seven felonies, including drug possession charges, as a result.
Simple choices individuals make can spiral out of control quickly. Some of these choices can affect other individuals and their loved ones forever. When these choices are serious and involve illegal activity, an accused defendant should create a strategic defense plan. Recently, a Milwaukee man was charged with homicide and faces serious penalties.
What is the difference between first and second-degree sexual assault? If a person is convicted of sexual assault, what penalties can that person face? Will that person be required to register on Wisconsin's sex offender registry? Recently, a retired Milwaukee County Board chairman may be asking these and other similar questions after being accused of sexual assault.
In Milwaukee, violent offenses often result in serious criminal charges and stiff penalties. An individual accused of a violent crime, such as homicide, risks reputational damage along with jail or prison time. Sometimes, individuals are accused of serious criminal offenses that they did not commit. In these cases, individuals should be thoroughly prepared for trial and understand the defenses that may apply.
In Milwaukee and elsewhere, sexual offenses are severely punished. An appeal of any sentence given on criminal sexual charges may be beneficial in reducing penalties for those who have received a sentence with significant penalties, which undoubtedly will affect the defendant's life, and the lives of their loved ones, in the present and the future. Recently, a Wisconsin appeals court ordered a new trial for a man accused of sexual assault, which shows that mistakes are sometimes made during trial that led to the conviction of individuals for serious sex crimes and other criminal offenses.
When people in Milwaukee and elsewhere have been charged with a sexual offense they face potential consequences that can affect their lives and the lives of their loved ones in the present and future. A sex crimes conviction could lead to prison time, fines and the requirement to register as a sex offender. It is important that a person facing a serious sex crimes charge seek help in creating a strategic defense plan. A defense plan may help reduce the penalties the accused may face. In Milwaukee, a man who faced sexual assault and other charges has been given a plea deal for the second time.
A field sobriety test is the first step officers use to determine if a suspected drunk driver is, indeed, impaired.
In Milwaukee and elsewhere, drug charges are not taken lightly. Those convicted of drug charges, such as drug possession, could face serious penalties that may impact the lives of the accused and their families. Recently, a Milwaukee man was charged with drug possession after police say they found marijuana in his mouth.