Should I Get a Lawyer for Misdemeanor Charges?

June 23, 2020 | Criminal Defense Attorney

Unlike certain traffic infractions, misdemeanor convictions appear on your criminal record. Misdemeanors often carry serious consequences, including imprisonment, fines, and probation. Just because felony convictions bear more substantial collateral penalties does not mean defendants should forgo their right to an Appleton misdemeanor defense lawyer.

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Wisconsin Marijuana Charges Can Result in Serious Legal Penalties

June 10, 2020 | Criminal Defense Attorney

No. Marijuana remains illegal in Wisconsin for both recreation and medical use. Wisconsin has some of the firmest anti-marijuana laws in the United States. Canada, Michigan, and now Illinois all permit recreational marijuana possession and use. As such, many first-time offenders unassumingly bring marijuana into the state without considering the consequences.

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Potential Defenses to Wisconsin Homicide Charges

May 5, 2020 | Criminal Defense Attorney

The prospect of facing a homicide prosecution is petrifying with or without a strong homicide defense. Homicide is defined as the act whereby one human being causes the death of another human being – but, importantly, not all homicides are murders. In Wisconsin, certain types of homicide are criminal, but not all homicide is unlawful. Some homicides are legally justifiable, while others are legally excusable. In either case, the individual who killed another would not be legally culpable for the killing. For this reason, it’s critical that anyone facing criminal charges related to homicide retain an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.

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Should You Talk to the Police without a Lawyer Present?

April 21, 2020 | Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminology and police psychology are mandatory courses for most Outagamie County detectives. Appleton criminal investigators count on suspects believing that hiring an attorney or refusing to speak with police officers will indicate their guilt but that openly speaking with officers will ease suspicion. Truthfully, if you’ve been asked to “come down to the station” or otherwise submit to police questioning, the police already suspect you of a crime. Nothing you say or do will prove your innocence at this stage of the investigation, but speaking with police officers can certainly prove your guilt. For this reason, you should always have a lawyer present when you’re questioned by the police.

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For Students, Drug Charges are a Particularly Serious Matter

April 9, 2020 | Criminal Defense Attorney

Wisconsin has some of the strictest drug laws in the nation. Marijuana is illegal at both a state and federal level, and Wisconsin drug charges often carry serious felony-level consequences. Wisconsin students are particularly vulnerable to the direct and collateral consequences of a Wisconsin drug conviction. From difficulties obtaining financial aid and student housing to rejection or dismissal from Wisconsin universities, a single drug offense can have lifetime consequences for students.

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Understanding the Terms & Constitutional Implications of Marsy’s Law

April 2, 2020 | Criminal Defense Attorney

On November 30, 1983, tragedy struck the family of an accomplished young woman named Marsalee (Marsy) Ann Nicholas. Marsy was brutally stalked and murdered by an ex-boyfriend that day, and while still reeling from the pain of this loss, Marsy’s mother was shockingly confronted by Marsy’s killer on the way home from Marsy’s funeral. Marsy’s murderer had been released on bail a few days prior to Marsy’s funeral, but her family hadn’t been notified. The judicial oversights that resulted in this confrontation lead to a campaign for legal reform. Marsy’s family advocated for the enactment of state constitutional rights that would provide victims of crimes with rights equal to those afforded to the accused. These reformations became known as “Marsy’s Law,” which has been adopted in some form by 11 states. Wisconsin Set to Vote on Marsy’s Law Amendment Next Week On April 7, 2020, Wisconsin residents are scheduled to … Continued

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Protecting Your Rights after Allegations of Criminal Sexual Misconduct in Wisconsin

March 25, 2020 | Legal Advice

If you’ve been accused of sexual misconduct in Wisconsin, the court of public opinion has likely already rendered its verdict. You’re innocent until proven guilty of a sex crime in Appleton, but criminal sexual misconduct allegations alone can change the course of your personal and professional life. From losing your job to losing your family and freedom, don’t take Wisconsin sexual misconduct allegations lightly. At Hogan Eickhoff, our top-rated Green Bay sexual misconduct defense lawyers protect more than our clients’ freedom. We protect their right to live free from the collateral consequences of unfounded sexual misconduct allegations. Schedule your free, confidential sexual misconduct defense consultation with our experienced Winnebago, Calumet, and Waupaca County sex crimes defense lawyers today by calling (920) 450-9800 or contacting us online.

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What to Look for in an Appleton Criminal Defense Attorney

March 9, 2020 | Criminal Defense Attorney

No one wants to schedule a meeting with a criminal defense lawyer. Having to defend against criminal charges is not something people look forward to. On top of worrying about the potential penalties of a conviction, including the impact it will have on your personal and professional life, you now have to worry about retaining and paying a criminal defense lawyer. While the talented and experienced attorneys at the Appleton public defender’s office are available for those who can’t afford a lawyer, their caseload leaves little room to prepare a compressive and personalized defense to your charges. Further, the public defender’s office is not obligated to assist you beyond the first appeal and generally does not provide post-conviction assistance.

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What is Domestic Violence in Wisconsin?

February 27, 2020 | Criminal Defense Attorney

Most matters involving family relationships such as marriage, divorce, child custody, and domestic violence are handled at a state level, and each of the 50 states has different ways of defining domestic violence and laws governing domestic violence prosecutions and penalties. The same actions may be punishable as a felony in Wisconsin, a misdemeanor in Minnesota, and completely legal in Ohio. Understanding how Wisconsin defines domestic abuse and violence is essential for both avoiding domestic violence charges and defending against domestic abuse claims in Appleton and the surrounding areas.

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What Kinds of Offenses Are Considered White Collar Crimes?

February 11, 2020 | Criminal Defense Attorney

The term “white collar” doesn’t actually appear in the Wisconsin Criminal Code. It’s a colloquialism used to describe certain financial and regulatory crimes typically committed by those working in a professional environment, or people required to wear a “white-collared” shirt to the office. Despite the slang, both federal and state law enforcement agencies have dedicated white collar prosecutors and investigators in Wisconsin. These teams include forensic accountants and are often well funded due to the fines typically collected in white-collar cases. This may mean trouble for white-collar defendants in Wisconsin.

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