J Steven House’s Answers

J Steven House

Madison Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Is it legal in Wisconsin for a cop to radomly run your plates and pull you over with no other violations? No tip off at all?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. J Steven House
    2. Syovata K. Edari
    3. Kathryn Mary Holton
    3 lawyer answers

    An officer is acting lawfully when running a check on a license or any other publicly available information. In fact, many police agencies now have police and parking enforcement vehicles equipped with cameras which detect license numbers and automatically run checks on the license. I imagine it would be possible to obtain a dismissal of any expired tag ticket if you can produce documentation showing that you had properly renewed your license. However, an officer would still be acting...

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  2. Will Public Defender's take a case to trial for their defendant?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. J Steven House
    2. Stephen Walter Sawyer
    3. Stephen P. Johnson
    4. Syovata K. Edari
    5. Greg Lavender
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Public defenders and private attorneys who accept public defender appointments do take cases to trial. It is always a defendant's decision whether to go to trial, not the attorney's.

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  3. How can the city suspend my license before my court date?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. J Steven House
    2. Todd A. Snow
    3. Jeffrey W. Jensen
    4. Julia E. Simmons
    5. Jay K. Nixon
    5 lawyer answers

    My guess would be that the city did not suspend your license, but rather the DOT suspended your license due to a failure to request an administrative review after having received a notice of administrative suspension at the time of your breath or blood test. An administrative suspension of your driver's license will go into effect within 30 days of receiving the notice of suspension after the return of a test demonstrating a blood alcohol concentration of .08+ or a detectable level of a...

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  4. I got a owi last night, how screwed am I.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. J Steven House
    2. Travis T. Schreurs
    3. Anthony Michael Solis
    4. Derek Anthony Patrin
    4 lawyer answers

    You must request a hearing on the refusal very soon or you will have a default judgment and a mandatory 12 month revocation (it's a maximum of 9 months on a first offense, which I assume this is from the tone of your question). If you don't demand a refusal hearing there may be no chance to negotiate its dismissal in return for a plea on the OWI charge if that charge is not realistically defensible.

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  5. My son who is 19 was charged with a DUI. Should we contact a lawyer? He refused a second breathalizer test but did comply once.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. J Steven House
    2. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    3. Rixon Charles Rafter III
    3 lawyer answers

    As you most likely know by know, he would be charged with a refusal to take a breath alcohol test for failing to take the breath test at the police station. However, he should have been aware of that potential charge if the police recited the required implied consent notice. If the police failed to provide the required notice, then your son should not be convicted of the refusal. Additionally, the police do not have grounds to request the initial, on site breath test (known as the...

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  6. What if the felony has been almost 20 years old

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. J Steven House
    2. Matthew Russell Meyer
    3. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    4. Matthew Oberlin Williams
    4 lawyer answers

    Appellate deadlines have long since passed and the charge would not be eligible for expunction.

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  7. Is an underage drinking ticket classified as a misdemeanor?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Michael C. Witt
    2. J Steven House
    3. Mark P. Maciolek
    4. Samuel Cohen
    5. Harry R. Hertel
    5 lawyer answers

    These are forfeiture offenses in Wisconsin (not punishable by jail time), rather than criminal offenses. You can be sure of this if your case was before a municipal court, or if it has a "FO" or "TR" case number on CCAP if the case was in the county circuit court. Underage consumption penalties: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/docs/owi-youth-penchrt.pdf CCAP: http://wcca.wicourts.gov/index.xsl (look yourself up by name). If you were found guilty of a forfeiture or TR/...

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  8. Ignition interlock was ordered for a year. Can I ask the court after a 3 months to shorten the sentence so I can get rid of it

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Michael C. Witt
    2. J Steven House
    3. Derek Anthony Patrin
    3 lawyer answers

    Sometimes prosecutors will agree to reopen and dismiss a refusal that was charged along with an OWI if you get to a point where pleading to the OWI makes sense. However, a judge may impose an IID requirement as part of a sentence on even an OWI first offense these days.

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  9. How would i go about finding a ex district that is now a criminal defense attorney in Wisconsin?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Andrew Joel Golden
    2. J Steven House
    3. John Scott Swimmer
    3 lawyer answers

    Use the Wisconsin Bar Association's attorney directory to search by name: http://www.wisbar.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Lawyer_Directory

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  10. My son is charged with driving while drugged, could you help with making sense of the drug panel?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. J Steven House
    2. Karyn T. Missimer
    3. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
    3 lawyer answers

    "Carboxy-THC" is the long lasting, non-psychoactive metabolite of Delta-9-THC and is not covered under Wisconsin's any detectable level OWI statute which does not require a showing of impairment. This typically indicates past use of marijuana, though not recent enough to have contributed to any impairment. Clonazepam is classified as one of the benzodiazepine class of drugs, prescribed as Klonopin and has a particularly long half life, such that it will routinely be found in blood in...

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