Defenses to Allegations of Domestic Violence

July 29, 2020 | Criminal Defense Attorney

Family disputes often trigger emotional responses. A single outburst against a loved one might have serious criminal and domestic consequences in Wisconsin. Further, offenders convicted of domestic violence often struggle to find work and take active roles in their children’s lives. Do not let family abuse allegations change the course of your life. Contact the experienced criminal defense and family law attorneys at Hogan Eickhoff immediately for a free consultation.

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Wisconsin Plea Bargain FAQ

July 14, 2020 | Criminal Defense Attorney

What are plea bargains, and what can they do? Plea agreements also referred to as plea bargains or plea deals, are contracts entered into between criminal defendants and local prosecutors. In exchange for pleading guilty to one or more criminal charges, prosecutors may agree to do the following: Recommend a more lenient sentence or alternative arraignment to the court Drop certain charges Not bring additional charges based on newly discovered evidence Not file certain documents that would result in sentencing enhancements Speak to the court about your cooperation and character throughout the criminal process The vast majority of criminal defendants charged with a Wisconsin felony accept a plea deal. However, agreements exist only between the defendant and local prosecutors. They do not bind the judge or the courts. Appleton judges may accept a guilty plea but refuse to impose the recommended sentence, and this will not generally nullify a plea … Continued

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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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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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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 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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Should You Take a Plea Deal?

January 9, 2020 | Criminal Defense Attorney

The United States Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that between 90 and 95% of all criminal convictions result from guilty pleas rather than jury verdicts. The statistics are even higher for felony-level charges with studies indicating nearly 95% of state and 97% of federal felony convictions result from guilty pleas.

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Your Rights During a Traffic Stop

December 26, 2019 | Legal Advice

Traffic stops are the most common reasons for police encounters, and approximately 10% of all drivers are pulled over for traffic infractions each year. About 20% of yearly stops result in additional criminal charges after the search and the arrest of vehicle occupants. That means 1 in 5 traffic stops result in serious misdemeanor or felony charges, and these charges disproportionately affect young men between the ages of 16 and 24.

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