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June 2017 Archives

Changes to administrative license suspension procedures

On June 23, Wisconsin attorneys who work on OWI cases were reminded by the State Bar of Wisconsin that, on July 1, a new Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles rule would go into effect. This rule states that a case that involved an administrative suspension would not be automatically dismissed if the arresting officer failed to make an appearanc.

How domestic violence is prosecuted in Wisconsin

While there is no specific law against domestic violence in Wisconsin, a collection of other laws relating to assault or battery may be used to prosecute it. Domestic violence differs from other forms of assault or battery because of the relationship between the victim and the abuser. In domestic abuse cases, the victim and abuser are related or may have a romantic relationship.

Wisconsin man charged with drunk driving twice in 3 hours

The legal limit for Wisconsin drivers is a blood alcohol level of .08 percent, but residents of the Badger State who are under the age of 21 are considered legally intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of just .02 percent under the state's zero tolerance law. Police in Brown County took an 18-year-old man into custody on drunk driving charges twice in less than three hours during the early morning hours of June 4, and toxicology tests suggest that he would have been well over the legal driving limit even if he were over 21 years of age.

Unreasonable delay of criminal trial could violate rights

An arrest by Wisconsin law enforcement authorities that result in criminal charges being filed initiates a defendant's rights under the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Under this part of the Bill of Rights, a criminal defendant has a right to a speedy trial although the circumstances of the case could support reasonable delays.

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