Bail in Wisconsin: FAQs

September 24, 2019 | Bail

Bail is an important – and often misunderstood – part of criminal cases. Bail can mean the difference between spending months (or years) behind bars while you await trial and spending that time at home and working. It is always important to have the assistance and representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can work to ensure you receive fair bail – or even no bail at all. The following are some frequently asked questions about bail in Wisconsin. What is Bail? Bail is a legal concept that has been in practice across the world since before the year 1000. In today’s society, there are often conditions set for a criminal defendant that allow them to be released from jail prior to trial, and bail generally refers to cash or property they must “put up” to be released. If the defendant appears in court as promised, the bail is … Continued

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Pretrial Release in Wisconsin

September 12, 2019 | Legal Advice

In our role as Appleton criminal defense attorneys, individuals regularly contact us with issues related to pretrial release – specifically cash bail and bond conditions. While these terms are often used interchangeably by lawyers, judges, and others in the criminal justice system, technically, bond refers to the conditions of pretrial release, and bail refers to a monetary condition of bond (money you put up to get out of jail). Once you have attended all court appearances and your case is disposed of, you should get any bail you posted back. The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution states that “excessive bail shall not be required.” In addition, when you have been arrested and are awaiting trial, Wisconsin law allows you to be released under “reasonable conditions.” These conditions are designed to: Assure your appearance in court Protect members of the community from serious bodily harm Prevent the intimidation of … Continued

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In Wisconsin, Traffic Stops Can Turn Into Expansive Investigations

August 29, 2019 | Criminal Defense Attorney

At Hogan Eickhoff, we know that traffic stops are the most common form of police contact in the United States, and law enforcement often uses traffic stops as an opportunity to determine whether a driver is impaired, carrying contraband, or involved in some other illegal activity. The 4th Amendment to the, however, prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and limits how and when officers can stop people and search them, their belongings, and their homes.

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Wisconsin Court of Appeals: Confession Provided By Mentally Disabled Man Under Police Pressure Admissible

August 13, 2019 | Criminal Defense Attorney

When the police interrogate a person who is suspected of a crime, they are trying to obtain evidence and, if possible, a confession. In order for a confession to be admissible in court, it must be made voluntarily, however, and the tactics that police often use when interrogating suspects may call into question whether a confession was voluntary or not. As a result, criminal defendants who have provided confessions while being questioned by police often move to have their confession excluded from evidence based upon the conduct of law enforcement at the time they made their confession.

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Is Marijuana Possession Legal in Wisconsin?

July 22, 2019 | Drug Defense Lawyer

Since the sale and possession of recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado in 2014, the attitude toward cannabis use and legalization has largely shifted across the United States. People in many states have seen cannabis-related propositions on ballots, and state legislatures have voted on many proposals involving medical marijuana, recreational marijuana, hemp, and the decriminalization of marijuana possession. With so many changes, it can be difficult to know the law and the potential consequences of marijuana possession.

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Do I Need a Lawyer for a Misdemeanor Charge?

July 9, 2019 | Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have recently been accused of a misdemeanor offense, you may be wondering whether you really need to retain an attorney. While it’s certainly true that misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, the fact is that any criminal conviction can result in significant legal and collateral consequences that have the potential to affect nearly every aspect of your life. For this reason, if you have been arrested or received a summons for any criminal charge – whether it’s a misdemeanor or a felony – you should absolutely call an Appleton criminal defense attorney as soon as you can.

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Questions to Ask a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Wisconsin Before Proceeding

June 21, 2019 | Criminal Defense Attorney

Part of having a successful criminal defense case is choosing the right lawyer to represent you. It’s a good idea to interview a few different lawyers from different firms like Hogan Eickhoff to help inform your decision. There are few characteristics to look for specifically regarding your attorney’s experience and familiarity with other cases like your own which will indicate if you’ve found the perfect match.

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How to Choose a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Wisconsin

June 13, 2019 | Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal cases involve very high stakes. After all, the outcome of a case determines whether someone serves jail time (or has other penalties inflicted on them). Being accused of a crime can be intimidating and making the wrong choice can lead to dire consequences.

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Do I Need a Criminal Defense Attorney in Wisconsin?

June 5, 2019 | Criminal Defense Attorney

There’s plenty of misconceptions regarding how the legal system works in Wisconsin. One of the most common (and most harmful) misconceptions is a defendant won’t need a lawyer because they’re not guilty. Another mistake is someone won’t contact a lawyer because so far, their case consists “only of accusations.”

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