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  • If you have a revcation withheld sentencing but no sentence date

    If you have a revocation withheld sentencing but dont have a schedule sentence yet but was sentenced on another case how long before you get transfered to prison

    Craig’s Answer

    You will be scheduled for a sentencing hearing before the court that imposed the original probation disposition (or the Judge who now has that calendar). If you have an attorney, the date will depend on his or her calendar, and the Judge's calendar. If you don't have an attorney, you should contact either the state public defender or a private attorney to help you with this. Whether you are transferred to prison first depends on a number of factors, including the County, the current sentence and the date of the sentencing hearing.

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  • Do I have to a parent if I'm 17 in court? Or am I going to go to jail?

    I'm 17 and I stole merchandise under 90 dollars from Walmart. They got the merchandise back UNDAMAGED. My record is clean straight. This will be the first thing on there

    Craig’s Answer

    This could be either a municipal citation, or a criminal charge (misdemeanor). Either way, it's probably a good idea to consult with an attorney (and your parents) to see how it can be handled with the least serious consequences. Deferred prosecution programs, "hold-opens," diversions - there are several ways to keep your record "clean," and an attorney who is familiar with the jurisdiction would be able to advise you on these.

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  • I received a second retail theft citation in the last 5 months. Is it possible to get a second chance with the states attorney?

    I received a second retail theft citation (Ordinance Violated 183.61) in the last 5 months. First offense in Oak Creek, WI second offense in Franklin, WI. The States Attorney gave me a deal the first offense - reduced fine an dismissal if no oth...

    Craig’s Answer

    It may be possible. Different city attorneys handle these things in different ways, and would take into consideration individual circumstances. You should seek legal assistance from an attorney who handles municipal citations.

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  • What is the Wisconsin statute that states police have to charge you within 72 hours?

    Been searching through WI state statutes and I am trying to find the statute that states police have 72 hours to charge someone

    Craig’s Answer

    There is no statute that requires charging in 72 hours, or within any specific time after an arrest. (As noted above, there are statutes of limitation on prosecutions). In Milwaukee, the prosecutor's office generally tries to make charging decisions within 72 hours; if they can't do this, they may release someone for a "charging conference" or other future review, but that's not set in stone. The Supreme Court says there must be a probable cause determination within 48 hours of someone's arrest, but this is a "paper" review by a court commissioner, who then sets bail if they find PC. These are complicated, fact- specific situations, and other factors may come into play, such as probation holds, commitments that might exist for unpaid tickets or court costs, etc.

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  • What to expect??

    I am 35 and have never been in trouble. I am being charged with a misdemeanor battery. The person pushed me and I pushed back. While trying to leave the person was blocking me from leaving and body bumping me so I pushed her off of me. It was caug...

    Craig’s Answer

    With no prior record, you may well be able to obtain a favorable resolution to a situation like this. You should consult with and be prepared to hire an attorney to help you through it. You should do this before you have any further contact with law enforcement or the courts.

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  • How do i contest a speeding ticket

    turn around a corner and going about 50-53 in a 35 lane

    Craig’s Answer

    These can often be reduced- either in terms of points or the fine. You should consult an attorney from the area in which you received the citation. Often attorneys can do these without a court appearance necessary.

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  • All of my bags were searched by police. Is this illegal search and seizure? More specific information

    The police outside told me I had to go back into the store where my bags were taken from me by city police and searched by the police AFTER The store security specified with video where the merchandise was placed, in the large black purse ...

    Craig’s Answer

    There may be an issue with the search, but these are very fact-specific situations. You should consult with and hire an experienced attorney.

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  • All of my bags were searched by police. Is this illegal search and seizure?

    I was detained for retail theft and the security person specifically stated they saw me place the item in my big handbag yet the police search every other secured bag I have with me. One of these little bags contained an illegal substance. Is the...

    Craig’s Answer

    It depends on a number of facts that aren't in your question. Where you under arrest when the police searched? Had they already given you a citation? Had they already recovered stolen property? Where were the bags - in your hand or nearby? You should consult an attorney who can review all the facts, including any police reports and/or citations and other paperwork.

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  • Disorderly conduct ticket non criminal? What to do?

    A week ago I was at a time party drinking and went back to the dorms with a friend. He ended up having to go to the hospital. I was given an underaged drinking ticket. On my way out I tried to ask the front desk of the dorm where the hospital wher...

    Craig’s Answer

    If it does not require a court appearance, it's likely a non-criminal ticket. Often these can be resolved with a "hold open," which ultimately results in dismissal if no new violations. You should check with a lawyer with local experience.

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  • My friend has a theft of movable property 943.20 (1)(a) and was remanded. He has a court date coming up, what can I expect?

    Theft of movable property <10,000 and remanded

    Craig’s Answer

    If he's been convicted and remanded, that means he's facing sentencing next. If the case is just starting, there may be a bail hearing next. It's difficult to tell from your questions what stage the case is at. Your friend should needs to consult directly with an attorney.

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