Facebook is among the worst places to brag about a crime: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about the role that social media is playing in the criminal justice system. Since it was launched in 2004, Facebook has become a valuable source of evidence for law enforcement agencies in solving various crimes, including theft, drug possession and vandalism. In several cases, those who committed the […]

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Facebook is among the worst places to brag about a crime: Part I

Last month, we wrote about a teenager who was arrested after bragging about a drunk driving crash on Facebook. His online apology for hitting someone’s car while driving drunk – a behavior which he described as “classic” – didn’t amount to a legally admissible confession. However, it didn’t take long for the post to be […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court and Wisconsin’s approach to DNA collection

A case currently before the United States Supreme Court (USCS) may ultimately influence whether Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to obtain DNA from all persons arrested for a felony may be instituted or not. This proposal is being characterized as “DNA-on-Arrest.” If Gov. Walker’s proposal is instituted, every individual in Wisconsin arrested on a felony charge […]

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Wisconsin court overturns drug conviction for probable cause issues

When it comes to the American criminal justice system, rules and procedure matter a great deal. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty, and evidence obtained improperly or illegally by law enforcement cannot be used against defendants in court. The constitutional protection against illegal search and seizure is more valuable than many people realize. Recently, […]

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Study shows cocktail mixers can affect level of intoxication

We recently wrote that personal breathalyzer tests are growing in popularity. An increasing number of Wisconsin residents who want to enjoy a social drinking life while avoiding potential legal troubles from an accidental DUI incident have found it helpful to invest in their own breathalyzer to take some of the guesswork out of deciding whether […]

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Suspected Wisconsin burglars may be targeted with GPS

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled that certain individuals may be tracked via GPS without their knowledge. The court’s holding was related to a case involving suspected burglary. In this case, a man who was suspected of multiple burglaries was subject to having his car impounded. Once impounded, law enforcement installed a GPS in the […]

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