Marijuana Charges Are Still a Serious Matter in Wisconsin

January 21, 2020 | Drug Defense Lawyer

With a quick step over the Wisconsin border to Michigan’s upper peninsula, marijuana goes from fully illegal to completely legalized. Recreational pot is also legal in Canada and has been partially decriminalized in Minnesota. All around Wisconsin, cannabis is available for legal recreation and/or medical use, but Wisconsin residents must proceed with caution. Legally purchasing medical or recreational pot in another state or country does not mean the marijuana becomes legal in Wisconsin. Transporting marijuana over state or international borders is actually a federal drug offense and illegal in Wisconsin. In fact, possession of marijuana is a felony in all but limited circumstances, and Wisconsin has some of the most repressive marijuana laws in North America.

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When Can Drug Evidence Be Suppressed?

December 12, 2019 | Drug Defense Lawyer

Suppression of evidence is one of the primary legal protections afforded to criminal defendants in the United States. Excluding evidence obtained in violation of law or tainted due errors on the part of law enforcement gives teeth to the Fourth Amendment’s constitutional guarantees. Without the exclusionary rule, law enforcement would have little incentive to respect your constitutional rights. Drug evidence seized due to an illegal traffic stop, pat down, or unlawful search must generally be excluded from consideration during post-indictment proceedings. The court must assume the evidence doesn’t exist, and the suppression of drug evidence often results in a dismissal of any drug-related charges against you.

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The Long-Term Consequences of a Sex Crimes Conviction

October 29, 2019 | Criminal Defense Attorney

Every criminal conviction has its consequences, but few more so than a conviction for a sex crime. From restrictions on where you can live, travel, and work, sexual offenders are subject to more than just fines and incarceration. If you’re facing allegations of a federal or state sex crime, it’s critical to understand the long-term consequences of a conviction before accepting a plea bargain or proceeding to trial. Sex offender status can affect every aspect of your life long after your court-imposed sentence has come to an end. The only way to avoid the long-term consequences of a sex crimes conviction is to avoid the conviction itself. Whether this means zealously defending your rights at trial, appealing an adverse judgment, or applying for an expungement, the experienced Outagamie, Brown, Winnebago, Calumet, and Waupaca County sex crimes defense attorneys at Hogan Eickhoff stand with you. Schedule you free, confidential criminal defense … 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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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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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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