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Ending a marriage can be extremely difficult for many reasons. For some couples, their union ends in heartbreak with much tension between them. In other cases, the split is more peaceful, and ending the marriage allows the couple to close a chapter of their life in anticipation of a fresh start. Whatever the reasons, if you are a parent who is considering a divorce, it is important to realize that even though your marriage is over, your role as a parent does not stop. You will always be in your ex-spouse’s life, because you share children together, and it is both of your jobs to ensure your children are taken care of after the divorce.

Filing a Parenting Plan

Planning for how you will raise your children together after your Wisconsin divorce can be a tedious process. Wisconsin courts require parents to attend mediation sessions in order to create a parenting plan. If you and your spouse are able to reach a resolution on a parenting plan, the court will typically approve it, as long as the terms of the plan are reasonable, and both parents voluntarily agree to it. If the court waives the need for mediation, or if you and your spouse attended mediation and were unable to come to a mutual arrangement on matters, you will each have to submit a proposed parenting plan to the court in writing within 60 days. 

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New Berlin OWI defense attorney

One of the most common crimes committed with a vehicle is driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In Wisconsin, this is referred to as operating while intoxicated (OWI). Some of the most deadly and serious car accidents occur because of people driving when they are drunk or high on drugs. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were nearly 30,000 OWI arrests that took place in 2015, with more than 5,000 alcohol-related car crashes. In the past few decades, more emphasis has been placed on preventing drunk driving, with one strategy being to increase the consequences for committing an OWI. In Wisconsin, penalties for OWI can range from a simple fine to jail time or felony charges, depending on the situation.

First-Offense OWI

In Wisconsin, a first-time OWI offense is not technically considered a criminal charge. Rather, it is classified as a petty offense that results in a fine and a driver’s license suspension. If you are caught driving while under the influence for the first time, you will be subject to a fine between $150 and $300, a $435 OWI surcharge, and a six- to nine-month driver’s license suspension. However, you can apply to get an occupational license immediately. An occupational license allows you to drive to certain places, such as work, school, church, or the grocery store. 

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Some people might have been arrested for drunk driving over the recent holiday season. If you are one of these, you need to get to work on your defense right away. Some components of these cases are time sensitive, so you are very limited on how much time you have to act. We are here to help you go through the various aspects of your case.

One thing to remember for drunk driving cases is that your defense strategy might call several points into question. We need to have time to look at the circumstances of the case to determine exactly what our options are. Once we know this, we can discuss them with you so that you can give us directions on what you want to focus on. The goal is to come up with a strategy that is comprehensive and that is based on the truth of the time.

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With New Year's Eve less than a week away, right now is the time to make plans for transportation if you are heading out to enjoy some drinks to ring in 2019. Wisconsin is in the middle of the holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. This campaign includes 25 task forces that encompass more than 100 law enforcement agencies in this state. Around 300 drug recognition experts are part of the program, and approximately 3,800 officers have been trained on Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement.

One thing to remember is that if you are heading into Milwaukee for the festivities, you can count on free rides on Milwaukee County Transit buses. Miller Brewing is continuing the 31-year tradition of providing these to help people make it home safely. Some local taverns also have options for free transportation to get partygoers home safe. These are done through the Tavern League of Wisconsin's Safe Ride.

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Drug possession charges are difficult for some defendants to face because they force them to look at what they've been doing with their lives. At this point, some may realize that their addiction must be addressed. Unfortunately, this doesn't mean that the court is going to just drop the charges.

There is a chance that you might be able to get help for your addiction even though you are facing criminal charges. Drug court is one option that enables you to get help for your addiction while still remaining accountable to the court. If you find that you need inpatient treatment, be sure that you work with the court so that you don't end up missing hearings due to being in a treatment facility.

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