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Waukesha County Attorneys for underage OWI

We can all remember the times when we were teenagers. Finally being able to drive meant finally being able to have more independence from your parents, but it also meant taking on more responsibility than ever before. Operating a vehicle while you are under the influence (OWI) of drugs or alcohol is not only highly irresponsible, but it is also highly illegal. In Wisconsin, underage offenders who are caught driving while they are intoxicated face a variety of penalties that could potentially become serious. Being charged with a crime does not necessarily mean you will be convicted of one, but a Wisconsin criminal defense lawyer can help make sure you are not.

Wisconsin’s “Not a Drop” Law

One of the most important pieces of evidence in any OWI case is the driver’s BAC or blood-alcohol concentration. For drivers who are over the age of 21, the legal BAC limit is 0.08. In most states, the legal BAC limit for drivers under the age of 21 is set at a much lower threshold and Wisconsin is no exception. Wisconsin’s underage OWI law, also known as their “Not a Drop” law, states that the legal BAC limit for those under the age of 21 is 0.00, or no amount of alcohol. 

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Waukesha County family law attorney high-asset divorce

Even though a divorce, for most people, is an emotional and often painful process, it is important to remember that it is first and foremost a legal process. Much of the divorce process is used to untangle the complicated web of finances that many couples find themselves in. Even so, it can be overwhelming for the average person to sort through compiled financial data, especially in the case of high-asset divorces. Divorces involving expensive or large assets can often also result in conflict, increasing the risk that spouses will be uncooperative with one another. Forensic accountants are often hired in high-asset divorces to analyze the couple’s financial records and in turn, ensure the property and debt division process is fair and balanced.

Some people do not realize the value that a forensic accountant can bring to a contested divorce, but there are various ways in which a forensic accountant can be helpful: 

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Waukesha County criminal defense attorney OWI

In most states, driving or operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is strictly forbidden and results in a criminal charge. Wisconsin, however, is unique in the fact that it is the only state to still classify a first-offense OWI as a driving offense, rather than a criminal offense. Instead of jail time as a punishment, a first-time OWI offender typically only faces around $735 in fines, a six- to nine-month driver’s license revocation, and a potential requirement for an ignition interlock device (IID) on their vehicles. However, charges can escalate quickly in OWI cases. Under certain circumstances, operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) can result in felony charges.

Fourth or Greater OWI Offense

If the OWI offense is your fourth or greater OWI offense, it will automatically be charged as a felony offense. A fourth OWI is charged as a Class H felony, which carries a possible jail sentence of 60 days to six years, a two- to three-year driver’s license revocation, and an IID requirement for vehicles. Charges for further offenses can range from Class G felonies to Class E felonies, for 10th or greater offenses.

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Oconomowoc family law attorney divorce

In almost every divorce, there will be some form of disagreement, whether that be on the way the property was allocated or the way the spousal maintenance was calculated. For some couples, every topic brings a disagreement. For other couples, it is the children who become a point of contention. In situations when parents cannot reach a custody agreement, even in mediation, a guardian ad litem will be appointed to help the court determine what is in the child’s best interests. Going through a divorce with a spouse who does not seem to want to cooperate can be stressful, but the guardian ad litem (GAL) is there to make sure your child’s rights are protected.

What Is the Job of a Guardian Ad Litem?

In the simplest terms, the role of a GAL in Wisconsin is to conduct an investigation to determine what is in the child’s best interests with regard to custody and physical placement. The GAL will then compile a report of their findings that they will present to the court, along with their recommendations. The investigation that a GAL conducts might include things such as:

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Waukesha County criminal defense attorney traffic violation

There are many traffic offenses with which you could be charged in Wisconsin; however, one of the more serious offenses involves fleeing the scene of an accident. According to AAA, there were an estimated 737,100 hit-and-run crashes that took place in the United States in 2015. Fleeing the scene of a car accident, which is also known as a hit-and-run accident, is considered to be a criminal offense in Wisconsin and could even potentially carry jail time as a consequence in some circumstances. If you have been charged with fleeing the scene of an accident in Wisconsin, you should immediately contact a traffic violations defense attorney.

Wisconsin Law Concerning Drivers Stopping After Accidents

There are many reasons why a person may not stick around after getting into an accident with another driver. Perhaps they did not have driver’s insurance or a driver’s license. Maybe they were simply scared and panicked when they drove away. Whatever the reason, leaving the scene of an accident is illegal in Wisconsin. Depending on the situation you are in, Wisconsin law dictates the actions you must take if you are in an accident with another driver.

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