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By Attorney Chris Strohbehn and Paralegal Ruth Campos Motorcycle crashes in Wisconsin are particularly dangerous, with over 90 percent of motorcyclists who are involved in an accident suffering an injury or losing their lives. Perhaps even more astonishingly, nearly 14 percent of all vehicle accident fatalities are motorcyclists, despite the fact that they account for less than 2 percent of Wisconsin accidents. It is clear that an accident can have a severe impact on a motorcyclist’s life, and if you have been injured by another driver, it is important for you to understand how you can pursue compensation for the…
If you are facing criminal charges, you are likely concerned about the potential penalties, including fines and imprisonment. However, the impact a conviction may have on your parental rights regarding your current and future children can be equally concerning. Convictions for violent and sensitive crimes, in particular, can impact your relationship with your children, so it is important that you hire a skilled attorney who can help you defend against false, exaggerated, or unfair allegations. Criminal Records and Child Custody in Wisconsin One way that a criminal record can affect your parental rights in Wisconsin is in legal…
By Attorney Max Stephenson and Family Law Paralegal Courtney Hess It may seem odd that the decision to move to a new location could belong to anyone other than yourself, but the fact is that after a divorce involving minor children, this is often the case. As frustrating as this may be, your relocation can affect not only your own life, but also your children’s other parent, and perhaps most importantly, your children. This does not mean that you can never move after your divorce, but it does mean that you will sometimes require legal approval to do so. When…
By Attorney Cameron Weitzner Whenever you have been arrested or charged with a crime, you have the right to a qualified attorney who can provide the best possible defense to ensure your fair treatment under the law. In a best-case scenario, your criminal defense attorney may be able to have your charges dismissed, or they may present a case that results in a verdict of not guilty. However, when this is not possible, your next best option may be for your attorney to negotiate a plea bargain. What Is a Plea Bargain? In a plea bargain, you, the defendant, accept…
By Attorney Cameron Weitzner In Wisconsin, thousands of people are arrested on criminal drug charges each year, with marijuana-related arrests being the most common. If you are one of the many who have been arrested, you may be facing serious consequences, but given the complexity of Wisconsin’s drug laws, it can be difficult to determine just how serious those consequences may be. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you better understand the charges you are facing and present a strong defense to help you avoid a conviction or minimize the penalties you may face. Factors Involved in Wisconsin Drug Charges…
By Attorney Chris Strohbehn and PI Paralegal Ruth Campos Car accidents affect a large number of Wisconsin residents each year, with more than 30,000 resulting in injuries and more than 500 resulting in fatalities. Unfortunately, many of the people affected bear no fault for the damages they suffer. If you have been injured, you may be facing expensive medical treatment in the immediate future as well as lasting consequences that can affect you for the rest of your life. When these challenges feel like too much to bear, you need an attorney who can help you identify all damages for…
Due to an unprecedented number of COVID infections, hospitalizations, and deaths in Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers has issued a new emergency order stating that indoor public gatherings must be limited to 25% or less of a room or building’s public occupancy capacity. This order applies to all locations that are open to the public, including stores, restaurants, businesses, and ticketed events. The governor also urged Wisconsinites to stay home whenever possible, wear masks, wash their hands frequently, get tested following exposure to COVID-19 or after experiencing any symptoms, and receive flu shots. Please visit the state of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 dashboard for…
If you are a divorced or single parent, you likely know the importance of outlining when and where your child will physically reside in your parenting agreement. Virtual visitation via electronic communication is perhaps a lesser-known component of a parenting agreement, but it can be a great option for children and parents for whom physical visitation is not always possible. When Is Virtual Visitation a Good Idea? Virtual visitation can occur via phone, video chat, text, email, or any other electronic means, and it can be useful in a variety of situations to allow children to regularly communicate and maintain…
By Attorney Max Stephenson Whether you are getting married for the first time or remarrying after a divorce, a prenuptial agreement can help you and your partner enter your marriage with a clear understanding of each other’s needs and interests regarding marital and non-marital property. Getting a prenuptial agreement does not mean that you believe a divorce is inevitable, but it is important that you go about the process of creating an agreement correctly to make sure that it is valid and enforceable if you do decide to divorce later on. Creating an Enforceable Prenuptial Agreement in Wisconsin In…
Due to a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers has declared a new public health emergency in addition to the previous emergency declaration made on July 30. This surge in cases has mostly affected people between the ages of 18 and 24, including those on college campuses and who have attended social gatherings. To address these concerns Gov. Evers also issued an executive order requiring Wisconsin residents who are five years old or more to wear masks or other face coverings whenever they are indoors or in enclosed spaces with people other…
Due to a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers has declared a new public health emergency in addition to the previous emergency declaration made on July 30. This surge in cases has mostly affected people between the ages of 18 and 24, including those on college campuses and who have attended social gatherings. To address these concerns Gov. Evers also issued an executive order requiring Wisconsin residents who are five years old or more to wear masks or other face coverings whenever they are indoors or in enclosed spaces with people other than those…
By Attorney Chris Strohbehn and Litigation Paralegal Ruth Campos If you are injured in an accident, you may understandably be preoccupied with your pain and the need for medical attention in the immediate aftermath. However, when you see the medical bills for your necessary treatment, your concern may quickly shift to your ability to pay. At this point, it is important to identify who was at fault for the accident to determine whether it is possible to pursue a personal injury claim or lawsuit that can get you the compensation you need to cover your expenses. When Is a…
Recent events in Kenosha have raised questions about Wisconsin’s laws regarding the use of a firearm in self-defense. While we make no judgments regarding any ongoing cases, it is important for all Wisconsin residents to understand their rights to self-defense according to state law, especially if they find themselves under attack or facing criminal charges. Cases involving self-defense can be complicated, and if you are facing charges, your best option to avoid a conviction is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who can develop a strategy based on a thorough understanding of the law. When Is Self-Defense Legally Justified…
By Attorney Chris Strohbehn Summer in Wisconsin is a popular time for boating on Lake Michigan, the many lakes in Waukesha County, and other bodies of water in the area, especially during a year when many people are turning to outdoor activities. Just remember that when you go out on the water, there are things that you, your family, and your friends can do to stay safe and avoid being injured in a boating accident or causing one yourself. How to Stay Safe While Boating in Wisconsin Boating safely is not difficult as long as you follow a few basic…
In Wisconsin, drunk driving is a factor in almost 3,000 injuries and 170 fatalities each year, and operating while intoxicated (OWI) is a criminal offense that can often result in serious consequences. If you are arrested under suspicion of driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol and have no prior record, you may be fortunate to avoid some of the more severe criminal penalties that apply for repeat offenders. Under certain circumstances, however, you may face the possibility of a criminal conviction, which can result in jail time, probation, and substantial fines that well exceed those typically associated…
By Attorney Kristen Nelson It is a situation that can happen: a licensed health care professional is arrested for a first-offense operating while intoxicated (OWI), and they immediately hire a criminal defense attorney. A first-offense OWI is not a criminal offense in Wisconsin, but rather a traffic violation. Depending on the county, the case may not even show up in CCAP (the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Program). The health care professional wants to resolve the case quickly, so they stipulate to a guilty plea. The client may not even have to show up to court, because this can all…