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By Attorney Cameron Weitzner and Paralegal Rachel Sweet The circumstances leading to criminal charges for drug possession can be complicated, and in many cases, they involve a history of substance abuse on the part of the alleged offender. The State of Wisconsin recognizes that treatment, education, and rehabilitation are often more effective responses to drug offenses than a harsh prison sentence. As such, the state allows a one-time conditional discharge and dismissal of charges for certain first-time drug offenders. This treatment option is an alternative to a prison sentence for offenders who are dependent on a controlled substance. Some Wisconsin…
By Attorney Max Stephenson and Paralegal Courtney Hess In a Wisconsin divorce, spousal maintenance or alimony is sometimes ordered to provide support for a spouse who is likely to have difficulty providing for themself without their former partner’s income, perhaps due to their health, childcare responsibilities, or lack of education and work experience. When maintenance is ordered, the paying spouse has an important legal responsibility to make the payments on time and in the full amount. However, they should also be aware of other obligations that are likely to be included in the court order. How Is Spousal Support…
By Attorney Cameron Weitzner and Paralegal Rachel Sweet Operating while intoxicated (OWI) is a serious criminal offense, regardless of whether you have a prior history of convictions. Consequences of an OWI conviction include fines, driver’s license revocation, and a lasting criminal record, even for first-time offenders. However, the consequences can become much more severe if you are facing OWI charges a second, third, or subsequent time. If you are arrested for OWI with a previous conviction on your record, it is crucial that you hire an attorney who can help you avoid the full extent of the penalties you…
By Attorney Chris Strohbehn If you or your business is the subject of a claim or lawsuit, and you have insurance, there is a good chance you might receive one of these letters from the insurance company. What is a “reservation of rights letter,” and how does it impact you or your business? Often, an insurance company is willing to provide a defense to these claims to protect its insured, as well as the company’s own interests in mitigating damages or disputing liability. However, some of these interests can come into conflict when the insurance company discovers pursuant to…
Recovering fair compensation for car accident injuries is often challenging, as negligent drivers may attempt to deny their fault, and insurance companies may seek to keep payouts to a minimum. Hit-and-run accidents add another layer to these challenges, making it difficult to know whom you can even file a claim against. However, with the help of a personal injury attorney, you can better understand your options and determine the course of action that is most likely to lead to a favorable result. Identify the At-Fault Driver One option for recovering compensation after a hit-and-run accident is to work with law…
By Attorney Max Stephenson and Paralegal Courtney Hess When a couple with children chooses to get a divorce in Wisconsin, one of the most important issues that must be resolved is the children’s custody and physical placement. Physical placement decisions are often complicated and emotionally charged, and they require the consideration of many different factors, including the children’s needs and best interests, the wishes of the children and parents, and the effects on relationships between parents and children. Extensive discussions or a contested battle in court are sometimes needed to reach a decision on these matters, and once a…
By Attorney Erin Strohbehn If you have recently lost a loved one and expect to inherit from his or her estate, you will most likely be impacted by the process of probate, during which the estate is settled and assets are distributed to the deceased’s heirs and beneficiaries. One of the most important figures during the probate process is the estate personal representative or executor. Many estate representatives are motivated to perform their duties to the best of their abilities, but some are not so capable. If you believe that your loved one’s estate representative is not suited for…
By Attorney Cameron Weitzner and Paralegal Rachel Sweet A large portion of drug-related arrests and convictions in Wisconsin involve the crime of drug possession. The penalties for a first offense of possession of a controlled substance are relatively minor, typically including a fine between $1,000 and $5,000 and jail time of six months to one year, depending on the type of drug. However, under certain circumstances, an arrest for drug possession could result in more serious consequences, particularly if there is evidence of possessing the drug for something other than one’s personal use. When you are facing felony drug charges
Tailgating, or following another vehicle at an unsafe distance, has been an unfortunately common occurrence on the road for decades. Whether it is due to a driver’s inexperience, carelessness, or aggressive behavior, the results can be dangerous, especially when it is coupled with other risky actions. If you have been injured in a car accident involving tailgating, an attorney can help you recover full compensation for your injuries and damages. The Dangers of Following Too Closely Perhaps the most obvious risk of following another vehicle too closely is the potential for causing a rear-end collision. Cars traveling at high…
By Attorney Russell J. Karnes When homebuyers and sellers sign a real estate purchase agreement, they enter into a legally binding contract, the terms of which both parties are expected to uphold. Many real estate transactions are completed without issue, but if you find yourself in a situation in which the other party has failed to follow through on the agreement, you may be able to pursue remedies through a lawsuit for breach of contract with the assistance of a real estate litigation attorney. Examples of Breaches of Real Estate Purchase Contracts Typically, the most important provisions of a real…