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Wisconsin protective orders and penalties for violating them

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | 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…
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Prostitution remains illegal in Wisconsin

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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…
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What is the difference between assault and battery

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | April 21, 2018

While many people string these two terms together into one phrase, the law assigns them distinct meanings. You may face both assault charges and battery charges based on the same incident, but these are two separate crimes. Generally, battery means intentionally using force against another person with the purpose of inflicting physical harm. Assault means intentionally…
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Alternatives are available for drug charges

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | April 20, 2018

There are lots of people in Appleton and the surrounding area of Outagamie County that are suffering under the weight of a drug or alcohol addiction. Many of these people are, generally speaking, law-abiding citizens, and they certainly behave themselves when they are able to stay sober. Unfortunately, though, in moments of distress or in…
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Explaining “probable cause” in Wisconsin

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | April 15, 2018

The Constitution of the State of Wisconsin, along with the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, serve to protect citizens against unlawful arrests, searches and seizures. These Fourth Amendment protections are often key to a criminal defense. Under the Fourth Amendment, a law enforcement officer must have “probable cause” before they can arrest a…
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New law permanently revokes licenses after multiple OWI offenses

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | April 13, 2018

Wisconsin ranks among the highest in the nation for state alcohol consumption. But that type of notoriety comes with a new cost. Recently, state lawmakers have passed a new bill that takes specific aim at habitual drunk driving offenders. Repeated DUI or Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) offenders face permanent revocation of driver’s licenses after being…
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Does the plain-view doctrine apply in Wisconsin?

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | April 11, 2018

As in all states, residents are protected from unlawful searches and seizures — including arrests — by the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. This protection is a cornerstone of criminal defense. Essentially, the Fourth Amendment says that a person or property may not be searched or seized without a warrant. It is important, however, to…
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The accused in a drunk driving case has options

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | April 2, 2018

How do you defend yourself against drunk driving charges? It’s a simple question, but it may sound silly to even ask it. This is because most people assume that someone who is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is guilty — even though we are all presumed innocent to begin with….
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