Day: April 27, 2018

Someone in Appleton, Wisconsin, who gets accused of a crime related to domestic violence will likely also have a restraining order or protective order served on him or her. In addition to requiring the person to stay away from the alleged victim, the order can require the target of the order to do things like surrender his or her firearms to authorities.

Protective orders can be enforced in a number of different ways. As court orders, a court may find someone who violated a protective order to be in contempt and punish the violator accordingly. Protective orders may also be issued in connection with one’s bail or probation. If a person violates a protective order while on bail or probation, they may wind up having their conditional freedom revoked and being taken in to custody.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, someone who violates a Wisconsin protective order can face an additional criminal charge which could land them in jail for up to 9 months. Additionally, they may have to pay a $1,000 fine. These penalties can apply even if no additional abuse occurred in connection with the violation of a protective order.

Appleton residents who are the targets of a protective order, particularly if they’ve also been accused of domestic violence, should take utmost care to follow the terms of the protective order strictly. If they have any questions or concerns, they should use the appropriate legal channels.

However, even with the utmost care, it is still possible to be accused, even falsely accused, of violating a protective order. In these sorts of situations, a person should seek out the advice and assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Despite some efforts to de-criminalize prostitution in other parts of the country and the world, Wisconsin still outlaws the practice. As most Wisconsin residents probably know already, prostitution involves the paying of money for sexual favors.

In some cases, being involved with prostitution can even someone with a felony conviction. For instance, someone who allows their property to be used as a place where people can hire a prostitute can find themselves charged with a felony, which can spell prison time and other long-term consequences.

While one might think it simple enough to avoid these sorts of charges, business owners in particular need to be careful that they know what is really going on during their business’s hours of operation, even if their intention is to run a legitimate business. If it turns out that their managers, employees, or others are using the business as an opportunity to be involved in prostitution, then the owners themselves can find themselves facing serious criminal charges.

For instance, in Neenah, only a few miles from Appleton, three people were recently arrested on charges of keeping a place of prostitution following a police investigation and raid of their massage business. While the giving of a message is certainly not illegal, police allege that sexual favors were also exchanged at this business.

People from all walks of life can get caught up in prostitution, and many other can be accused of involvement with the practice even if they were not. As these sorts of criminal matters are both serious and emotionally sensitive, having a strong criminal defense strategy after being accused of a prostitution-related charge is often essential.

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