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Wisconsin enhances penalties for repeat drunk drivers

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | May 17, 2016

Did you know that Wisconsin’s impaired driving laws recently changed? Governor Scott Walker signed Act 371 into law, which aims to combat drunk driving in the state. The law enhances penalties for impaired operation — specifically in relation to repeat drunk driving offenses. A fourth conviction is now a felony The most critical revision to…
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Save the Last Dance

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | April 27, 2016

Have you ever been the victim of bullying? If you have, you know how difficult it can be for a growing individual — especially during the critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. Elliot Mosher bullied Jakob Wagner in middle school. Along with others, Mosher teased Wagner about everything from his hygiene to his economic status….
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“I know what I saw.” Looking closer at eyewitness testimony

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | April 12, 2016

Criminal charges such as assault and domestic violence often hinge on witness statements. A concerned neighbor or passing stranger calls 911. Friends or family give an earful to the responding officers. Social media lights up and weighs in. Witness testimony can be critical to the prosecution (and the defense). But from a criminal law perspective,…
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Drunk driving: Have we opened Pandora’s Box?

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | March 9, 2016

Have you or a friend ever been arrested for drunk driving? Many drivers have had one slipup with the law. You do not have to be an alcoholic or avid drinker to get charged with OWI. Sometimes, you do not drink much at all, and one glass of wine leads you into a situation you…
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The heroin epidemic in Wisconsin

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | February 3, 2016

We want to open today’s blog post with a story. This narrative rings true for many struggling young adults in Wisconsin. In 2006, an incoming out-of-state Wisconsin student commenced her first semester of college at a local university. What many deem “the best years of your life” quickly became an ominous journey for this particular…
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Why a day at Lambeau Field is costing some fans $880

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | December 31, 2015

According to a report published by the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team, football fans are getting sacked with hefty fines stemming from criminal arrests at Lambeau field. A day at an NFL football game already carries a steep price. Most fans are paying at least $100 for their tickets. Parking will set you back anywhere…
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Can evidence be excluded in a criminal case?

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | December 18, 2015

Many criminal matters turn on evidence. The admissibility of evidence can be crucial in a defendant’s case. For example, if evidence is excluded in a court of law, there might not be enough circumstantial support to suggest guilt and put the defendant behind bars. If you are facing charges, it is time to retain legal…
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4 myths about drug addiction and recovery

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | December 9, 2015

Myth 1: Drug addiction is voluntary. This is definitely false. Sometimes a drug addiction evolves from prescription medication use. Let’s say someone is in a car accident and is medically prescribed Vicodin to deal with acute post-collision injuries and pain. Continual use, without intention, could transform into something bigger: a dependency. This is how drug…
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Want to erase a case from your criminal record?

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | October 30, 2015

When a judge expunges or “erases” a Wisconsin criminal court record, this means the court is essentially “sealing” a case file and no one is permitted to access the file, save a few limited situations where a court order is involved. In such cases, if someone inquires about a sealed criminal case, the court must…
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