4 factors that may influence eyewitness testimony

Police, prosecutors and juries often rely on eyewitness testimony to determine what really happened at the scene of a crime. While this may seem like a concrete way to get a conviction, eyewitness testimony isn’t rock solid and can be affected by several factors. When you are the accused in a court case, it’s vital […]

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Officials say junk science is more common than you think in criminal courts

It seems easy on television. A crime is committed, crime scene techs come in and prove who did or did not commit the crime based on a stray hair, or a tennis shoe print. For a time it seemed to be that concrete in the real world too. Bite marks, hair identification, footwear analysis all […]

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Does Uber help reduce drunk driving?

You might feel relieved to see a line of Uber cars outside a bar at closing time. None of the people climbing in are going to be driving drunk, and the streets will be safer for everyone. Or will they be? Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft often boast that they make cities safer, and […]

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Age, gender and other factors can have impact on BAC

Heading out for happy hour with friends, enjoying your favorite music at a local club and social gatherings are common events that may occur before a traffic stop. Some drivers are surprised when, after only a couple of drinks or so, their blood alcohol content level is at or above .08 percent — the legal […]

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Even An Attorney Hires An Attorney When Facing DUI

A well-known personal injury lawyer was recently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. A sheriff’s deputy spotted the attorney’s Lamborghini speeding in a 35 mph zone. When he pulled over the car, the deputy thought he smelled alcohol on the attorney’s breath. The attorney said he had not been drinking and refused a […]

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Harsher Penalties For Wisconsin OWIs

In late April, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law a bill that significantly increases penalties for people who have been charged with a fourth offense OWI or greater. Here are the changes: Fourth offense OWI is now an automatic felony rather than a criminal misdemeanor Fifth and sixth offense OWIs can now land a […]

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Are Sobriety Checkpoints Even Legal In Wisconsin?

Imagine driving home from a holiday gathering, only to come upon a sobriety checkpoint. Before you reached that destination, your driving performance may have been impeccable. No weaving. No unsafe maneuvers. Proper signaling. The highest standards of safety. Yet, you are forced to wait and subject yourself to sobriety testing. In 1990, the Supreme Court […]

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What Can You Learn From “Making a Murderer?”

Because of the new documentary “Making a Murderer,” Wisconsin currently sits in the national legal spotlight. Other than making for high-ratings, though, can this documentary offer any concrete lessons for the average Wisconsinite? One of the key points of the documentary involves the legal representation had by the defendant in this case. The family finally […]

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