Does Taking a Plea Deal Result in a Conviction on Your Record?

June 8, 2021 | Criminal Convictions

In some cases, the best legal outcome in your case means that you enter into a deal with the prosecutor for lesser charges or a reduced sentence. For some defendants, it is the best way to put the matter behind them and move on with their life. It’s important to understand that in some cases, a plea bargain may still result in a criminal conviction on your record. One of your major considerations going forward is how the plea deal will impact your future. With that in mind, a frequent question we are asked is whether a plea deal will stay on your record.

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How a Criminal Record Can Affect Your Professional Life

May 19, 2021 | Criminal Convictions

While Wisconsin has some limits on how employers can use criminal records in making hiring decisions, there are still many ways that it could affect your ability to get a job. The state tries to protect people with a criminal history, enabling them to get a fresh start in life. However, there are limits to what an employer is required to ignore when they run a background check. This could impact how your criminal case proceeds.

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Are No-Knock Warrants Legal in Wisconsin?

May 3, 2021 | Criminal Defense Attorney

No-knock warrants have been in the news recently in the wake of several high-profile cases. These warrants are controversial at best and can be downright dangerous for both the police executing them and the people in the homes. Police may enter the home with their guns drawn and startle the people inside. Many people wonder whether they are legal here in Wisconsin; for now, these warrants are legal. That said, many observers hope that law enforcement use them sparingly, given the dangers.

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Wisconsin Marijuana Legalization: The Potential Impacts on Criminal Laws

March 22, 2021 | Criminal Defense Attorney

Have you heard the news regarding the possible legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin? Our team of drug lawyers is on the pulse. On February 7, 2021, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced he wants the state to legalize marijuana. His new biennial budget proposal includes regulating and taxing the currently illicit substance just like it does alcohol. Wisconsin would be following the path of 15 other states that have already legalized recreational marijuana use. The inaugural year of legal cannabis in Illinois saw almost $1 billion in sales, which generated $100 million in state tax revenue. That figure doesn’t include tax revenue earned for other municipalities like counties and cities.

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Drug Possession Defenses

March 10, 2021 | Criminal Defense Attorney

Under Wisconsin criminal laws, drug possession is a serious charge which can lead to serious penalties. If convicted, you could face several years in prison, steep fines, the loss of certain rights such as voting, as well as damage to your reputation, and the inability to hold particular jobs or licenses. Simply put, a conviction on drug possession charges has the potential to ruin your life.

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Tips for Talking to the State Prosecutor

February 25, 2021 | Criminal Defense Attorney

Talking to the prosecutor can be a make-or-break moment for your case. The chances are that you and your criminal defense attorney have concluded that there is some benefit to be had from a face-to-face meeting where you submit to questions. Given the critical importance of this interview, you must not prepare extensively. You must also be very disciplined during the interview itself, considering the stakes. Here are some things to consider before you sit down for an interview with the prosecutor.

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The Pros and Cons of Agreeing to Be Interviewed by the State

February 9, 2021 | Criminal Defense Attorney

Also known as the “queen for a day” arrangement, an interview with law enforcement as part of the criminal justice process is a critically important part of your case. Many defendants are understandably afraid to talk to the same law enforcement personnel who may be trying to put them in prison. When their criminal defense lawyer raises the topic with them, they may have reservations. However, there are reasons why an interview with law enforcement can help your case. Here are the pros and cons of agreeing to be interviewed by law enforcement.

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Legal Tune Up App Helps Wisconsinites Identify Past Eviction, Criminal Records & Request Removal

January 28, 2021 | Criminal Convictions

Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony in the state of Wisconsin? Criminal convictions can have long-term consequences for you, even after you have served your sentence or otherwise paid your fines and costs. Even afterward, the conviction remains on your record, perhaps for the rest of your life. Any interaction that you have had with the criminal system is potentially visible to the public. Certainly, this includes potential employers. Even though Wisconsin law prohibits some types of discrimination against job seekers with criminal convictions, there are still many consequences as a result of prior legal issues that can cloud your future. They could include:

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Can The Police Search Your Cell Phone?

January 12, 2021 | Criminal Defense Attorney

When it comes to police searches, most people are not completely aware of what police can and cannot do. At one end of the spectrum, some people just automatically comply with police instructions when they want to search or seize evidence. At the other end, some are firmly convinced that they have personal liberty over everything and that police can seize or search nothing. This is even more pronounced when you are dealing with something like your cell phone that can hold some of your most personal information.

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Should You Talk to the Police After an Arrest?

November 25, 2020 | Criminal Defense Attorney

Any interaction with a law enforcement officer can be a terrifying event. Especially in today’s heated political climate, interactions can escalate quickly, and verbal or physical violence can ensue. It is important to know what to say and do to stay safe in these interactions. It is also important to understand your constitutional rights. If you do not understand and enforce these rights, the police could ignore them. They are allowed to ask you to waive your rights, to use various tactics to convince you to talk about the allegations, or even outright lie to you. By knowing what your rights are and how to enforce them safely, you can ensure that you stay safe and protect your constitutional rights after any arrest. Make sure you hire a criminal defense attorney right away if you’ve been arrested for any type of criminal charges.

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