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Man faces criminal charges after crashing into police car

When a traffic stop is initiated by law enforcement in Appleton or anywhere in Wisconsin, it can be an intimidating time with the driver feeling apprehensive about what will happen. In some cases, the driver faces allegations that he or she fled the scene. This can lead to a litany of other problems with accompanying penalties if there is a conviction. For people who are caught up in this type of criminal accusation, a law firm that is experienced in providing a defense is critical.

Does the plain-view doctrine apply in Wisconsin?

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.

The effect of pretrial incarceration on criminal cases

Criminal defendants in Wisconsin and around the country who are denied bail are far more likely to plead guilty or be convicted according to researchers from three leading universities. Their study, which was published in the February 2018 edition of the American Economic Review, looked into the effect pretrial incarceration has on how criminal cases are resolved, and they found that being granted bail or otherwise released before a trial decreases a defendant's chances of being found guilty by 14 percentage points.

Study shows disparity in prison sentences for black men

Wisconsin residents may be surprised to learn that according to a study by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, black men on average spend more time in prison than white men who commit the same crimes. The study looked at data from 2012 to 2016 and showed that black men served sentences that were 19.1 percent longer than white men who committed the same crimes.

Study reveals that race affects plea offers and convictions

The plea offers and sentences that criminal defendants in Wisconsin ultimately receive may partially depend on whether they are black or white, according to a new study. Black people, including those who have no criminal records, are much likelier than whites to receive harsher convictions and sentences.

Probable cause and expectations of privacy

The protections of the Fourth Amendment against unlawful searches and seizures by law enforcement officers is an important part of the Constitution and our legal system. Determining the legality of a search is an important part of many criminal cases. There are two legal terms that have a substantial impact on whether or not a warrantless search is considered legal. Wisconsin residents may benefit from a better understanding of this law.

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