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June 2012 Archives

Milwaukee man faces his 5th OWI

Here in Wisconsin, unlike other criminal charges, drunk driving charges cannot be removed from a person's criminal record. No matter how long ago the charge took place, or where the driver lived at the time, previous DWI, DUI and OWI charges are always visible on a person's record.

Wisconsin man charged with drunk driving on a lawnmower

In February, we wrote that Wisconsin authorities and lawmakers are increasingly cracking down on drivers who allegedly drive intoxicated in recreational vehicles. This includes snowmobiles, boats, ATVs and other vehicles.

Are prosecutors trying to keep innocent man on death row? Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a man convicted of triple homicide who has been fighting for more than a decade just to have the evidence in his case retested. While this incident did not occur in Wisconsin, it speaks to the importance of Wisconsin's efforts to update and expand its criminal DNA database.

Are prosecutors trying to keep innocent man on death row? Part I

Some of our recent posts have been focused on the importance of hard evidence when attempting to convict someone on criminal charges. Over the last few years, improvements in Wisconsin's criminal DNA database and the heroic efforts of groups like the Innocence Project have contributed to the exoneration of many individuals who were wrongly convicted of serious crimes like rape and murder.

Plea bargain process can lead to false admission of guilt: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a serious problem within the criminal justice system: potentially unjust holes in the plea bargain process. Most Wisconsin residents would never dream of pleading guilty to a crime they didn't commit, unless they felt they had little choice.

Plea bargain process can lead to false admission of guilt: Part I

If you were facing criminal charges for a crime you did not commit, would you ever choose to plead guilty? Of course you wouldn't. Most people find that question to be ridiculous, until or unless they find themselves wrongfully accused of a crime.

DUI defendant learns that iPhone can't be used as a breathalyzer

Smart phones are great tools that make our lives more convenient and entertaining. But it is no secret that smart phones can also inspire us to do some dumb things, especially when alcohol is involved.

Supreme Court case to impact double jeopardy protections: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a recent U.S. Supreme Court case and its implications for future accused persons. Specifically, the holding in the case affects the protection from double jeopardy for those who are forced to mount a criminal defense.

Supreme Court case to impact double jeopardy protections: Part I

A recent United States Supreme Court case may impact the practical ability of the wider legal system to protect criminally accused individuals from double jeopardy.

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