Wisconsin Criminal Law
Wisconsin criminal law and criminal procedure statutes provide detailed explanations of crimes, punishments, and trial procedure. The following selections provide a brief summary of common crimes, punishments, and procedural issues faced by Wisconsin defendants. For more specific information, or if arrested in Wisconsin, contact a Wisconsin criminal defense attorney.
Drug Possession in Wisconsin
A drug conviction in Wisconsin can be punishable by a range of sentences depending on the type and quantity of the drug, and the nature of the offense.
Wisconsin criminal law breaks the ranges provided above into several classes of penalties according to incremental increases in the amount of drugs in the defendant's possession. For more specific inquiries on a particular offense, or if arrested for possession of drugs in Wisconsin, contact a Wisconsin criminal attorney.
Assault in Wisconsin
Wisconsin recognizes the crime of battery as the term for a conviction arising when an assailant causes physical harm to another. Wisconsin has varying levels of battery depending on the severity of the offense:
The Wisconsin code does not define precisely what constitutes substantial or great bodily harm, and also includes other factors that could further elevate the punishment for battery. For questions on a specific instance of battery, or if arrested for battery in Wisconsin, contact a Wisconsin criminal lawyer.
Wisconsin Drunk Driving – OWI
A first time OWI offender in Wisconsin faces consequences including a fine up to $300, various court and legal fees, license suspension for 6 – 9 months, an increase in insurance, and possible ignition interlock device installed on the car. For information on a specific drunk driving charge, or if arrested for OWI in Wisconsin, contact a Wisconsin OWI attorney.
Right to Jury in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Constitution provides that a defendant in a criminal trial has the right to a trial by jury.; In many trials for small offenses the defendant's right to a jury is considered waived if he does not demand one depending on the rules of the court. For more significant offenses, a defendant must affirmatively waive the right to a jury trial in writing or in open court in front of the judge.
Trial Date in Wisconsin
In Wisconsin a defendant charged with a misdemeanor will be tried within 60 days from the defendant's initial appearance in court. Felony trials in Wisconsin will begin within 90 days of either party demanding a trial.; A court may grant a continuance on its own motion, or by motion of either party if the continuance is necessary to ensure justice is carried out properly, or if the trial is complex and requires additional time to prepare for.
Sentence Review / Appeals in Wisconsin
A defendant convicted in Wisconsin may appeal the judgment or the sentence in a timely manner as provided by Wisconsin law. Appeals must have adequate reasoning and argument for relief, and follow procedural requirements; contact a Wisconsin criminal defense attorney to file an appeal.
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