District attorneys are among the most influential actors in the criminal justice system. They decide where to focus prosecutorial resources. They determine whether to charge the most serious provable offense or lesser offenses. They choose whether to stack charges, and whether to choose charges carrying harsh, mandatory minimum sentences. They decide what to offer in plea negotiations, and whether to threaten additional charges against uncooperative defendants.
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.
A first-degree homicide charge may be considered the most serious criminal offense, and it carries with it the most severe and harshest penalties. If convicted, a defendant's life and the lives of their loved ones may be forever changed. Defendants facing this serious charge should be aware of the precise defenses that are available for violent cases.
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.
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.
In an effort to curb crime in Wisconsin, lawmakers have signed into law a series of bills that some feel are overreaching. One of the bills gives law enforcement, including officers, judges and prosecutors, greater access to the criminal records of juveniles. This increased access would allow law enforcement officials to track a juvenile's record and group those young individuals charged with minor offenses with juveniles who have been charged with more serious crimes.
A Wisconsin man was arrested on criminal charges, including bribery and drug possession, in Chicago after police pulled him over for driving without headlights at 1 a.m. Police claim they noticed an open beer can in the cup holder of the center console and ordered him to have a sobriety test. They also spotted a gun on his driver's seat, a small bag of marijuana and cash.
Over the last few months this blog has emphasized the seriousness with which the state of Wisconsin treats sex offenses, and in particular the sexual assault of minors.