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What Happens With a First Offense OWI in Wisconsin?

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | May 4, 2022

With a first offense OWI in Wisconsin comes many charges and penalties. Offenders are charged a $150-$300 fine, as well as a $435 OWI surcharge fee. Penalties consist of the revocation of driver’s license for 6-9 months or more, or a 24/7 sobriety program with a duration of one year. Follow the link to learn…
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The One Way to Protect Against a Wrongful Conviction

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | May 2, 2022

We recently shared an interesting nugget about the prevalence of wrongful convictions in our criminal justice system. As we said then, when mistakes occur in the criminal justice system, we all have an obligation to learn from them and ensure people’s rights are protected. Unfortunately, the post-mortem blame game on wrongful convictions does nothing in the short…
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Jeff Kippa on Sexual Assault Offenses

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | April 28, 2022

You absolutely don’t want to handle an allegation of sexual assault without the benefit of a good attorney.

Wisconsin’s Prison Population Down by Thousands

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | April 22, 2022

The pandemic has resulted in a reduction in Wisconsin’s prison population. https://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/crime/2022/04/12/wisconsin-prison-population-fell-during-covid-19-pandemic-heres-why/9468274002/

Ending the Era of Punitive Excess

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | April 13, 2022

Is the goal to rehabilitate people and reintegrate them into society or simply to punish them? Moving past the era of punitive excess will require being honest about the damage that has been done. https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/beyond-era-punitive-excess

OWI: A Criminal and Civil Problem

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | April 8, 2022

OWI is not just a criminal matter. While criminal penalties can include jail and probation, the civil penalties are just as severe. They include fines, driver’s license suspension, mandatory alcohol assessment, and ignition interlock device. Having an experienced defense attorney is important if you wish to limit your exposure to these harsh civil consequences. DUI/OWI…
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Who’s to Blame for Wrongful Convictions?

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | March 31, 2022

“By insisting on a formal review of how our criminal justice system failed, we can learn and improve our efforts to prevent future failures.” We agree. When mistakes are made in the criminal justice system, we all have an obligation to learn from it and ensure people’s rights are protected. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/columnist/2022/03/19/wrongful-convictions-criminal-justice-accountability/7062303001/

14-Year-Old Citied for OWI in Crash

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | March 24, 2022

A 14-year-old was cited for OWI in the aftermath of a crash that hurt five people in Madison on March 14. This is a reminder that the legal limit for drivers under the age of 21 is 0.0. https://www.weau.com/2022/03/15/14-year-old-cited-owi-crash-that-hurt-five-people/    

Is Verbal Abuse Considered Domestic Violence?

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | March 13, 2022

It depends on what is being said. For example, domestic abuse in Wisconsin includes threatening to cause pain, threatening sexual assault, and destroying property (or attempting to). If you face a protective order or domestic violence charges, it is crucial to seek the advice of an experienced defense attorney.   Is Verbal Abuse Considered Domestic…
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3 Things to Know About Breathalyzer Tests

On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC |

The breath tests administered when someone is under suspicion of drunk driving are so entrenched in our society that the Breathalyzer brand has reached the level of Kleenex, becoming the common name used for all breath tests. You may know the name Breathalyzer, but we think the following three facts are crucial for you to…
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