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Karyn T. Missimer

Janesville DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. I was pulled over by an officer for suspended vehical registration . Upon approaching my car the officer smelled alchol and

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael C. Witt
    2. Karyn T. Missimer
    3. Chadwick J. Kaehne
    4. Jay K. Nixon
    5. Macy Michelle Jaggers
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    A mistake of fact may be a constitutional basis for a stop. In other words, it is againt the law to have a suspended registration. Because having a suspended registration is against the law, the officer may pull you over if he mistakenly (and reasonably) believes your registration was suspended. If the officer had made a mistake of law (i.e., if having a suspended registration was not against the law), then the stop would not be constitutional. Whether the officer had enough information...

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  2. Speaking with the DA

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Karyn T. Missimer
    2. Stephen Ross Cohen
    3. J Steven House
    4. Michael C. Witt
    5. John E. Dobogai III
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    No, only your lawyer may speak with the DA. Talk to your lawyer. Good luck!

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  3. OWI 1st, PAC .13, criminal damage to property.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael C. Witt
    2. Karyn T. Missimer
    3. Nicholas C. Zales
    4. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    5. Stephen A. Gustitis
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    Really? You are not worried about the OWI charge...WHY? If this is a first offense, you are facing a driver license revocation; a fine; an alcohol and other drug assessment, and follow up treatment; points; and an ignition interlock device requirement on any vehicles you own (if you have a .15 or above). That is just for a first offense. A second offense or higher is criminal, which means jail time. With respect to what is going to happen on the criminal damage to property charge, no one...

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  4. Can i speak in a felony trial?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Karyn T. Missimer
    2. Michael C. Witt
    3. John A. Stahmer
    4. Barry Franklin Poulson
    4 lawyer answers

    First off, you should be directing these questions to your attorney. Your attorney is in the best position to answer your questions as s/he knows all the nuances of the case. Generally when in court, your lawyer speaks for you; and you should not address the prosecutor or the judge. Anything you say in court about the case may be used against you in the future. You should be discussing your side of the story with your attorney (and your attorney only) so the two of you may decide how to...

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  5. Is it wise to get a court appointed atty.for a 1st time DUI? I cannot afford an expensive lawyer but NEED driving privileges,etc

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey J. Szczewski
    2. Karyn T. Missimer
    3. John Scott Swimmer
    4. Robert Laurens Driessen
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    You cannnot have a court-appointed attorney for an OWI-1st (or a public defender). Public defenders and court-appointed attorneys are for criminal cases only. An OWI-1st is civil, not criminal. In other words, you are not facing jail time. If you want an attorney to represent you for an OWI-1st, you must hire your own. In a nutshell: OWIs are complex cases. You should hire the best attorney you can afford. Good luck!

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  6. Does pleading to an OWI mean I have to answer "Yes" on "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?"

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Karyn T. Missimer
    2. J Steven House
    3. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    As law school has given us the power to say with great authority: It depends. If this was a 1st OWI in WI, then it was a civil ordinance violation and not a crime. Any other state, a 1st OWI is criminal. And, if this was a 2nd OWI or higher in WI, then it was criminal. Sounds like this is a 1st OWI in WI, and civil in nature. All that being said, your employer will be able to see the OWI on your driving record. So, you may want to come clean on your application and explain even though...

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  7. Im on interstate probation from il to wisconsin for a d u i. my probation officer came to my house yesterday and said that she's

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Karyn T. Missimer
    2. Zev Goldstein
    3. John Lawrence Buckley
    3 lawyer answers

    Your question is a bit difficult to unpack: It is unclear to me whether you are on probation for an offense committed in WI or IL. If you are on probation for a WI offense, there is legal authority in WI that says you cannot be revoked for failing to pay, as long as you make a good faith effort to pay. Usually in the circumstances you describe, you will be discharged from probation, and the outstanding amount will be converted to a civil judgment, if this is a WI offense. If you are on...

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  8. My husband got his first DUI in Bend, OR last night. What is going to happen considering we're from WI?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Karyn T. Missimer
    2. Michael C. Witt
    3. Majid Vasigh
    4. Wade J. Skalsky
    5. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
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    Your husband needs to consult with local, experienced DUI defense attorneys in Bend, OR regarding what will happen in OR. If your husband is convicted of a 1st offense DUI in OR, WI generally will suspend his driver license for 6 months. If his BAC was over a .15, WI may require an IID to be installed on any vehicle in his name for 1 year. Good luck to you and your husband!

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  9. If I major in Crminal Justice Administration could I still go to law school and become an Attorney?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Karyn T. Missimer
    2. Patrick Caston Crowley
    3. Nick Passe
    4. Barry Franklin Poulson
    5. Philip Douglas Cave
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    Yes. Good luck!

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  10. Do I need an attorney? Is it possible to change my sentencing positively? Is the attorney fee worth it?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Karyn T. Missimer
    2. Derek H. Goodman
    3. Jeffrey J. Szczewski
    4. Mark Copoulos
    4 lawyer answers

    Beware of answers by out of state attorneys who are not licensed to practice in WI. Because an OWI-1st in WI is civil, not criminal, you cannot have a public defender or a court-appointed attorney. If you want an attorney, you must hire and pay for one. The real question is: Can you afford NOT to have an attorney? You are facing the following penalties (at least): a 6-9 month driver license revocation; a fine; an alochol and other drug assessment, and any follow up treatment; 6 points;...

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