Category: Domestic Violence

Convicted felons in Wisconsin are prohibited from possessing a firearm. Additionally, federal law could bar you from possessing a firearm if your offense meets the definition of a violent crime of domestic abuse.

Emotions can run high in a domestic incident, leading to poor decisions. This case out of Wisconsin Dells is an example of how a standoff can snowball into violence. Police said they tried to negotiate with the man for hours but discussions broke down around 5:30 a.m. and the man fired the crossbow at the SWAT team as they entered the home to rescue the woman.


Many situations, such as a night of drinking, can result in domestic abuse charges. When alcohol is present, conflicts may become more heated.

If you face a domestic abuse charge, you are facing heavy penalties. Penalties of conviction can include time in prison, heavy fines and losing your gun rights for the rest of your life.

If you face domestic abuse charges, contact J Kippa Law, LLC.

With over 30 years of combined experience in the Wisconsin courts and working with prosecutors, lawyer Jeffrey Kippa and his criminal defense team know both sides of the system.

To face domestic violence charges in Wisconsin can completely alter the course of your life. If you’re like most, the words “domestic violence” come with a lot of negative connotations and to have a domestic violence conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. To fight charges of domestic abuse, your best bet is to have an attorney ready to defend you. The following will help you understand the seriousness of the charge and how you can beat it.

How Do Domestic Violence Cases Work in Wisconsin?

The first thing to understand about DV charges is that they are not standalone charges. They are added to other charges, such as assault or battery. Domestic abuse includes:

• Intentionally causing physical pain, illness or injury
• Sexual assault
• Causing the other party to reasonably fear physical harm is imminent
• Intentionally impairing the other party

To classify as domestic violence, the person must be a member of your household, a romantic partner, a family member or parent of your child. When you are charged with domestic violence, you face the penalties for the specific act of domestic abuse, with additional penalties.

How Can You Beat the Charge With a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

When you hire a criminal defense attorney, he or she will work aggressively to resolve your case in the best possible way. He or she not only knows your rights but understands the strategies necessary to protect them. When facing domestic violence charges, you should never contact the victim or speak to the police without a lawyer present. Your lawyer can ensure that you do not incriminate yourself unintentionally.

You do not have to face charges of domestic violence alone. Consult with a domestic violence attorney in Wisconsin as soon as possible to plan a strategy for your defense. To find out more about how to fight your DV charges, contact us at J. Kippa Law Office LLC.

If you are convicted of a crime of domestic violence, then your firearm privileges will be revoked. This is asserted under federal law. Congress has stated that “anyone who attempts or threatens violence against a loved one has demonstrated that he or she poses an unacceptable risk and should be prohibited from possessing firearms.”

Several scenarios can lead to domestic violence charges. Misunderstandings are one of these scenarios. Unfortunately, a conviction greatly impacts you for the rest of your life. Attorney Jeffrey Kippa and team at J. Kippa Law, LLC, understand the serious implications of domestic abuse. As criminal defense attorneys in Appleton, they are dedicated to helping their clients every step of the way and know what options may be available to get criminal charges dismissed or reduced.

Verbal and emotional abuse is more common than physical violence, and is often present in domestic and intimate relationships. While a certain amount of bickering is normal in any relationship, it can easily cross the line into abuse. So, what is verbal abuse and is it considered to be domestic violence in Wisconsin?

What is Verbal Abuse?

Again, arguments are normal in all relationships, and sometimes people can even say awful things to each other. Some signs of verbal abuse are:

  • Name-calling.
  • Frequent yelling or screaming.
  • Attempts at humiliation.
  • Passing off awful things as “jokes.”
  • Arguments that come out of the blue, yet are somehow your fault.
  • Dredging up unrelated issues in arguments, constantly. This is sometimes called “kitchen sinking.”
  • It only happens when nobody else is around.
  • Condescension.
  • Unconstructive criticism.
  • Accusations.
  • Withholding, isolating and sulking.
  • Gaslighting (systematically trying to make you question your version of events).
  • Breaking or smashing things.
  • Threatening violence.

Everyone does awful things sometimes, but if it becomes a pattern, then verbal abuse might be happening. If you find yourself engaging in these behaviors, you almost certainly need help. If you are being accused of these things and don’t think you have a pattern, then you likely have a problem in your relationship.

Is Verbal Abuse a Crime in Wisconsin?

The answer is that it can be. First of all, harassment is illegal in Wisconsin, and it includes “repeated acts that harass or intimidate another person and which serve no legitimate purpose.” Additionally, domestic abuse in Wisconsin includes threatening to cause pain, threatening sexual assault, and includes both destroying property and threatening to do so. So, depending on what you actually said, you could indeed be facing domestic violence charges for excessively yelling or verbally attacking persons.

Consequences of Verbal Abuse

The most likely consequence is an emergency protective order or a temporary restraining order. The latter is generally issued in cases of harassment, while the former covers domestic violence.

Criminal convictions are relatively rare, but they can happen, especially if somebody managed to record the conversation. In all cases, you need a good domestic violence attorney to help you avoid criminal charges and fight for your rights. Contact J. Kippa Law Office, LLC to find out how we can help you.


Scrolling, commenting, liking, posting, snapping…these are all routinely utilized actions and vocabulary that have insinuated themselves into our daily routines. Despite the fact that social media has been a dominant part of people’s daily routines for years, the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the amount of time many spend on social media.

Aside from the consistent entertainment social media promises, there are numerous drawbacks of its utilization. One such drawback is the negative impacts your social media content could have on your domestic violence case. These cases are not taken lightly by law enforcement. You should avoid the scenario of your social media profiles contributing to evidence that may be used against you in court.

“Private Mode” Proves Not So Private

You may assume that since your profile is set to private mode, your social media will not be able to impact your case. However, when a domestic violence case is involved, your “private” profile becomes not so private. Social media platforms are more than willing to work with law enforcement if it is believed they can aid in a criminal case. Often, this can be done without the need of obtaining a search warrant. Your “private” posts could very well contribute to a conviction.

Ways your social media profiles and posts may be used against you in court include:

  • Displaying newfound evidence
  • Connecting missing pieces of the case
  • Identifying new victims, suspects or witnesses
  • Confirming or refuting your alibi
  • Validating statements of the victim

It becomes clear that no matter what the contents of your social media profiles entail, your posts, comments, locations or any other digital actions can adversely impact your chances of successfully fighting your charges. Due to this fact, it is highly advised you stray away from social media use, until your pending case is resolved.

Aggressive Criminal Defense

At J. Kippa Law, LLC we are aware that domestic abuse charges may arise from numerous scenarios. Maybe a misunderstanding occurred, or a night was filled with ample drinking. No matter how domestic abuse accusations surface, they carry serious implications. Attorney Jeffrey Kippa holds a consistent track record of informing clients of their available options when faced with domestic violence charges, in order to get their charges reduced or outright dismissed. Ensure you are guided each step of the way during your domestic violence case, in order to obtain an outcome that secures your freedom, future and wellbeing. Contact: (920)-733-1100 or fill out our online contact form.

This blog has on several occasions discussed the serious consequences even a first-time offender can face after being accused of domestic abuse or another criminal charge related to domestic violence.

There is also a certain stigma associated with getting convicted of or even accused of this sort of crime. Especially with heightened awareness of the problems with domestic violence, it is very easy for someone with a history to be seen as violent and unpredictable at all times. In others, the person will not be trusted in either a professional environment or even in one’s personal life.

However, the reality is that sometimes, a domestic abuse charges stem not so much from a violent personality as they do from just a night of having a good time and a few drinks. Unfortunately, when people have lost track of how much alcohol they’ve had, mistakes get made.

If this mistake involves a fight with a spouse, former spouse, or significant other, it can mean that an Appleton, Wisconsin resident will have to face domestic abuse charges.

As with any domestic abuse charge, a person facing accusations under these circumstances is potentially facing some serious consequences even beyond the possibility of jail and other criminal penalties. The attorney at our law office understands this.

When reviewing an investigating a case, his first goal is always to make sure his clients understand their options fully and feel like they have plenty of opportunity to get their questions answered. He uses his knowledge and experience to work out a solution that is in the best interest of his clients. In addition to going to trial or fighting for dismissal, he has been successful in reducing charges or diminishing consequences.

As this blog has discussed previously, a Wisconsin resident who is facing a criminal domestic violence allegation is exposed to some serious and long-term consequences, even for a first-time offense.

If it is the case that a person really has made a mistake and committed domestic violence, it is understandable that there will be some consequences. Of course, one can still expect fair treatment and to have an opportunity to explain any mitigating circumstances. Doing so, often with the help of an experienced attorney, can mean a lessened penalty and the ability to move past a mistake.

However, people do get accused wrongly of domestic violence. For example, a false accusation of abuse can arise at the end of a relationship or in the midst of a divorce or custody battle.

Statistically, though, the possibility of an incorrect allegation is just as likely in other contexts as it is when there is an active family law issue going on between two parties who, at one time, were romantically involved.

In around two-thirds of reported cases, there is some information that would substantiate the report of domestic abuse.

The remaining 1 in 3 cases are not all incidents of a person lying, that is, intentionally fabricating, a report of domestic violence. Many of these cases are not well-taken simply because there is not enough evidence to prove the report. In some cases, a person may have honestly been mistaken or confused about his or her report of abuse.

Admittedly, the point of the group that quoted these statistics were that false reports are not as common as one might think. However, the flip side is that one in three reports should for a range of reasons not result in any consequences to the accused, and certainly not a criminal conviction or jail time. The statistic goes to show why having a vigorous defense to domestic violence charges is important.



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