January 31, 2017

Know Your Rights if You're Stopped by Police on the Street in Wisconsin

written by Lane Fitzgerald

You could be walking home from a friend's house, walking to or from work or even just out for a leisurely walk when you are stopped by police for questioning. 

Knowing your rights in this type of situation can help keep you out of trouble with law enforcement and, hopefully, send you on your way without issue.

Keep reading to learn more about what to do if you're stopped by police for questioning on the streets in Wisconsin.

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Criminal Defense

January 18, 2017

Wisconsin's New Traffic Law: No Cellphones in Work Zones

written by Lane Fitzgerald

Wisconsin's traffic and driving laws can change quickly and without much public announcement, making it crucial to stay up-to-date on what's happening.

This article covers a relatively new law making it illegal to use a handheld mobile phone while driving through construction sites in Wisconsin.

Keep reading to learn more about this new rule, and the potential penalties associated with it.

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Criminal Defense

January 11, 2017

Wisconsin's Stricter OWI Penalties Now in Effect

written by Lane Fitzgerald

As of January 1, 2017, repeat OWI offenders with four or more convictions will face harsher penalties than they did previously.

In the spring of 2016, Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 455 into law in the spring of 2016 (now known as 2015 Wisconsin Act 371), increasing the penalties for certain repeat drunk driving convictions. The new law took effect January 1, 2017.

This article explains those new drunk driving penalites in Wisconsin.

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Criminal Defense

January 03, 2017

What to Expect if You Convert from Chapter 13 Bankruptcy to Chapter 7 in Wisconsin

written by Lane Fitzgerald

If you've been struggling to keep up with your Chapter 13 bankruptcy payment schedule, you may be surprised to learn you might have another option which could relieve you of that debt: Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

In Chapter 13 bankruptcy your debt is reorganized, allowing you to pay back your creditors under a revised payment plan and schedule. In Chapter 7, by contrast, your deby is forgiven -- unburdening you from the debt you may be struggling to get out from under.

Before pursuing a change to Chapter 7 bankruptcy, it is important to understand what the conversion process might entail. This article offers a simple rundown of what is involved as you convert from Chapter 13 to Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Wisconsin. 

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Bankruptcy Law