In Wisconsin, if a police officer believes that an act of domestic abuse has occurred, he or she is required by statute to make an arrest. Specifically, the officer will make an arrest if he or she believes continued abuse is likely or if there is evidence of physical injury to the victim. The officer will arrest the individual who they consider the predominant aggressor. If you are arrested, you will have to make bail or be released on a signature bond after seeing a judge. Furthermore, you will likely be restrained from making contact with the alleged victim for a minimum of 72 hours. In most cases, a condition of your bond will include a no contact order. If you violate that no contact order you may face additional charges.
You Have Rights!
The short answer: If you are not informed of your rights when you are in custody and being interrogated by law enforcement, you may have a legal challenge to have any evidence obtained as a result of that interrogation suppressed. However, it is important to know what those rights are and when law enforcement is required to inform you of those rights.
How can I be charged if nobody presses charges?
It is a common misconception that a case will get dismissed if the person who originally reported the crime decides they do not want to press charges. This often happens in domestic violence situations. Specifically, when a spouse, significant other or roommate calls law enforcement to report a crime. Then later that individual decides that they do not want the suspect arrested to face any penalties for the charges reported. Or alternatively, the victim recants their statements essentially saying they made it up, or were lying. Unfortunately, by that time the state is in control and makes the decision to move forward with criminal charges.
Cocaine is a schedule one controlled substance and therefore its possession is prohibited by law. Common cocaine charges in Wisconsin includes possession, possession with intent to distribute, and delivery. Anyone facing even a simple possession of cocaine charge needs quality representation from a skilled Wisconsin drug crime lawyer. Our attorneys have the experience needed in these types of cases.
Wisconsin has two different types of criminal charges, misdemeanors and felonies. A criminal charge is one that is punishable by imprisonment. A felony in Wisconsin is a crime punishable by imprisonment in the Wisconsin state prisons. Every other crime is considered a misdemeanor and is punishable by a sentence to the county jail. Classifications of misdemeanors can be found here. Wisconsin has nine felony classifications A-I.
How can I get put on House Arrest in Wisconsin?
House arrest, otherwise known as electronic monitoring, is available to individuals who have been sentenced to the county jail. Whether or not you are placed on house arrest is up to the sheriff and the deputies who run the county jail. Under Wis. Stat § 302.425 the legislature gave the power to place someone on home detention to the local sheriff. A judge can only sentence you to jail. A judge cannot sentence you to home detention and a judge cannot prohibit you from being placed on home detention. However, there are things that you can do to help your chances.
If you have been charged with a crime, a DUI, or any offense for which you are seeking representation, you likely have many questions you want to ask. You will want to make sure you ask the right questions to find the right defense attorney. Don’t worry about the charges you are facing, the attorney will likely inquire about the facts of your case. Instead, focus on the qualifications of the criminal defense attorney you are meeting with.
A misdemeanor charge in Wisconsin is punishable by up to a year in the county jail. A felony on the other hand is a criminal charge that is punishable by imprisonment in a Wisconsin state prison. Every other crime is considered a misdemeanor. In addition to a potential jail sentence, misdemeanor charges have the potential for fines of $10,000. Misdemeanors are very common criminal charges in Wisconsin. Although they are not as serious as a felony charge they do have significant consequences.