Midwestern DUI decision may ultimately influence Wisconsin law

Wisconsin residents are regularly affected by the decisions of legislators and judges in other states. When state law is constructed either by legislation or judicial decision, it is often influenced by the decisions made by statehouses and courts in neighboring jurisdictions. A recent Minnesota case may ultimately influence Wisconsin DUI defense. The Minnesota Court of […]

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Is Facebook friendship grounds for a judge’s recusal? – Part II

Earlier this week, be began a discussion about a DUI case and an issue that could become more prevalent in future criminal cases: whether or not a Facebook friendship between a judge and defendant is a significant enough link to question the judge’s ability to rule in a case. Judges in Wisconsin and elsewhere need […]

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Is Facebook friendship grounds for a judge’s recusal? – Part I

It is important for Wisconsin judges to remain impartial and fair, particularly in criminal cases. For instance, if the judge is friends with a defendant who has been charged with DUI, that connection might unfairly influence the judge’s ruling. In these situations, judges (or prosecutors) will often recuse themselves from the case. But in the […]

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Wisconsin courts dismiss evidence from DUI stop based on phone tip

Last month, we wrote about two recent examples where convictions for drunk driving were overturned because the arresting police officers did not have probable cause to make a traffic stop. If we did not have these protections in place, police officers could pull anyone over for any reason. Another similar case was recently decided by […]

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Wisconsin appeals court agrees to suppress evidence in OWI case

When authorities charge a suspect with OWI, procedure matters. The way in which evidence is collected is as important as the evidence itself. If police violate due process or otherwise fail to follow procedure, a good criminal defense attorney can use that information to suppress evidence. Recently, a Wisconsin appellate court upheld a lower court’s […]

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