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Should I get my occupational license now?
I just had my initial appearance for an OWI 2nd this morning. Should I try and get my occupational license immediately, or should I wait until after I am convicted to get it?
You can't get an occupational if your license is still valid. If you are administratively suspended, and your license...
Is my underage drinking ticket a criminal offense?
I got an underage drinking ticket in Ohio but I go to school in Wisconsin. I know that in Wisconsin it is not a criminal offense. If my university is asking me on my study abroad application if I have a criminal record how do I answer it since it's not a criminal offense where in Wisconsin?
Your University is not asking "do you have a criminal record?" It has specific language. You need to ask this showing a...
What should be done about a second underage drinking charge in dane county, WI?
This first included a trip to detox, and I took a class to reduce the fine. It was over a year and a half ago. This second occasion I was very compliant and only blew a .06 but was given a ticket. What should my next course of action be?
First, make note of when your court date is. If it's rapidly approaching, make sure you enter a not guilty plea. If...
I was charged with an underage in one county, but I want to higher an attorney from a neighboring county. Is this a bad idea?
Over the weekend, I received an underage in Wisconsin. I am deciding if I should higher a lawyer, and after reading posts on Avvo, I think I should. The question is, is it a bad idea to higher a lawyer from a neighboring county? This lawyer is from my home county and is also cheaper, which is why I am considering them. At the same time, I feel that this is somewhat of a routine violation, and any lawyer should be able to handle it, but maybe I am just ignorant by thinking that. One concern with hiring the lawyer from my 'home' county is that the lawyer from the local county might be better suited to handle my case, with having better connections and knowing the county laws better. With the cost issue, it comes down to how many hours will be spent on this case? Is it 1 hr? 2? Way more?
Well, first of all, for the most part, there isn't a difference in "county laws", at least not for a case like this....
Last night I was Arrested for an OWI and not having a front license plate. I have a perfect Driving record.
Last night I was pulled over for not having a front license plate which I already reported that issue to the DMv and Law enforcement. I did have two drinks hours before but I was fine to drive. The officer gave me the walking straight test which apparently I failed. I did refuse a breathalyzer test at the time. I am very afraid to loose my driving privileges for a year and I need to know what to do to not loose them. I am very scared to loose my job.
You will definitely loose your license if you do not demand a refusal hearing with a written request, which must be...
Should I hire an attorney for an underage alcohol possession ticket?
I am a freshman, living in a dorm. Recently, I was issued a ticket for possession of alcohol. I had been gone from my dorm room for a half hour, but friends had been there, left empty beer cans visible from the door, and left the door open. A police offer walked past the empty room, saw the cans, located me elsewhere on the floor, and issued me a ticket for possession of alcohol. There were also a few beer cans in the refrigerator, which I said I was unaware of. The police asked for a breathalyzer test, but I declined (the officer said that I smelled like alcohol, but I wasn't visibly intoxicated). I have people to verify that I was gone. If I plead not guilty without a lawyer, what are the chances the case is dismissed, and would doing so hurt my chances if it isn't?
You should get an attorney. I can almost guarantee that they will not dismiss the charges if you plead not guilty. They...
Need resources to determine if an Appeal for a 2nd DUI would be likely worth it or not?
Local judge ruled/denied motions saying the stop was not legal/justified/had reasonable suspicion/violated 4th amendment rights because there was a named witness that called 911 after seeing defendant chug a beer or two and drive away, and there also was a hanging air freshener, which is in violation of state statutes against visibility obstructions. Sentencing coming up after attorney advised a trial would not likely result in not guilty, and an appeal would be more likely won if there was no trial that would potentially include more evidence/witness statements vs. only the name/phone number of the witness in the police report. I think $10,000+ is a crazy high gamble for an appeal and specifically want to know if there are any resources out there where I can do the appeal myself? THANKS
Your odds of winning an appeal on your own are so low that you would be better off spending your time elsewhere, such...