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  • How likely is probation revocation with implied battery and disorderly conduct?

    My boyfriend is on Probation for a class C Felony. He has anger issues and is attending anger management as required for probation. (Has not broken any conditions of his probation). We got into an argument the other night (over the phone) and he i...

    J’s Answer

    PO hold, pretty good odds. Revo, not too likely unless you were to confirm a violation of a condition of probation. Lesson to learn: don't call the police unless you have a good reason to. If you had a good reason to fear harm, then there are a lot of good guys out there that will treat you better.

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  • Can I get charges dismissed or any other actions available?

    My sons friend fired a pellet gun hitting somebody, not injuring, that was attacking him. Shot person reported this to police about 2:30pm. Kid with gun rode throughout town unseen for hours. At 6 pm, kid comes to my house to hang with my son. The...

    J’s Answer

    Delay in an investigation isn't going to provide a defense. However, there's a legal argument to be made that the BB gun was not something designed as a weapon and thereby is not covered by the concealed weapon statute; see State of Tennessee vs. Thomas McGouey decided by the TN Supreme Court in 2007 for an example of how this challenge has worked with a somewhat similar statute.

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  • Can I sue a Probation Officer/Office for not doing their job?

    I was placed on probation last year for retail theft, it was my first crime and boy I paid for it. I completed my probation with 0 issues, paid all my fines and fees, attended every meeting with out any problems. Part of my court case was to quali...

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    I only chime in to warn you that expunction of the conviction in WI will not remove the charge from your law enforcement records. So, if you're not getting jobs due to background checks that extend beyond CCAP, then expunction is not going to change what employers see.

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  • How do I get a speeding ticket from increasing my car insurance?

    I am an Illinois resident and received a speeding ticket in Wisconsin. I was going 18 miles above the speed limit. I do not want my insurance rate to increase. What can I do?

    J’s Answer

    Depending where your ticket was and the circumstances, an attorney should be able to assist you with reducing or amending the charge. One of the things that is often very helpful to IL licensed drivers is amending a moving violation to an equipment violation or other offense which would not be counted towards the number of moving violations for suspension purposes by the IL DOT.

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  • What if u were accused of sexual assault of your own child they say investigation is ongoing but want you in family court

    Wife on drugs shot me and said i raped my 9 year old son lots of evidence she lied son promised gift to say this from her no physical evidence of sexual assault investigation is ongoing now they want me in family court with a jury listening to tes...

    J’s Answer

    I don't practice family law, but what I've done in similar situations such as asset forfeiture actions is to file a formal motion for stay of the proceedings until any potential criminal charges associated with the allegation are concluded. This is to preserve both my client's right to remain silent in the face of potential criminal prosecution as well as preserving their right to present a defense and testify freely in the civil proceedings. You may want to inquire of your appointed attorney whether they can do something similar in the family court action.

    Failure to appear in family court might result in a default judgment against you in whatever the proceedings are about.

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  • Can I have my retail theft conviction expunged or sealed?

    I was convicted of Retail Theft - Over $20 in 2013, in Langlade County, Wisconsin. I was 17 at the time and it was my first and only offense. I was cited and payed a fine but otherwise no other consequences. Since the case was classified as a Non-...

    J’s Answer

    Neither expunging or sealing the court record would remove the conviction from your law enforcement record and as noted by another attorney forfeiture offenses are not eligible for expunction under Wisconsin law. You should speak with a local defense attorney to assess the possibility of reopening and amending or dismissing the charge.

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  • Will I still be able to become a teacher?

    Okay, so I've been arrested twice for paraphernalia and one time was because I was with someone who had passed out and the other person I was with smelled like weed so we all had to be searched and I had my stuff on me. Then the second time i was ...

    J’s Answer

    This is more of a licensing question than a criminal defense question, though drug convictions have been grounds for revocation of teacher's licenses and could make it difficult to obtain a teacher's license as well. I'd suggest speaking with the career counselor at your teaching college.

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  • What can I do to get a license here in Wisconsin so that I can get a better job with driving license requirements?

    My drivers license is suspended in louisiana for child support arrears. I am now in Wisconsin,

    J’s Answer

    You'll have to get your out of state license reinstated before you'll be issued a new license.

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  • In Wisconsin, am I eligible to have a county ordinance violation for Dis.Conduct from 2013 expunged(or sealed) from my record?

    I was arrested in 2013 in Madison Wisconsin for disorderly conduct, later took a plea for a County Ordinance Violation of the same charge. The Wisconsin matter has been resolved and I have moved on however it was recently brought up during sent...

    J’s Answer

    I would note, in addition to the previous correct responses, that neither expunction or sealing of the court records would remove the ordinance conviction from your record maintained by law enforcement agencies.

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  • Can I revoke my probation without violating the terms of my probation and what happens after I serve the remainder of my jail?

    I am wondering if it is possible to revoke my probation. I received two years probation for two class A misdemeanors. PO is a complete pain in the ass and she is on me 24 hours a day 7 days a week. I have a stayed sentence of nine months in County...

    J’s Answer

    Yes, IF that was an "imposed and stayed" sentence with both charges running concurrently.

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