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May 16, 2019

With elections coming and going this season, many people who have been convicted of felonies are asking, am I able to vote? Voting regulations for convicted felons are determined on a state by state basis. Wisconsin is one of 19 states which eventually allowed convicted felons to restore their voting rights.  In order to do so, the individual must have fully completed every aspect of their sentence. Re-register to Vote after Completing Your Sentence The completion of a sentence includes …

May 16, 2019

Following a decision by the Court of Appeals last week, it will now be reasonable for police to believe that evidence of alcohol or drug use will be present in the vehicle once someone is arrested for an OWI. This is a BIG deal. Although it is something the Supreme Court of Wisconsin will likely review, for now police can search your car after they arrest you for an OWI, and anything they find can legally be used as evidence. Intoxicated Possession Charges Alcohol or drugs can fit in very smal…

May 15, 2019

If you are under the age of 21 and you are arrested for being under the influence, you may not have to have an OWI on your record. To start, no one under the age of 21 is allowed to have any alcohol in his/her system while driving. Drivers who are 21 and older have a legal limit of .08. If you are under the age of 21 and your blood alcohol concentration is somewhere between 0.00 and 0.10, you may not have to end up with an OWI on your driving record. The absolute sobriety laws in Wisconsin allo…

May 15, 2019

Under Wisconsin law, anyone who is sentenced to jail time has the right to “good time.” Good time allows inmates to have 25% of their sentence taken off if they are not causing problems at the jail. What is time earned or good time? If you are sentenced to 20 days in jail, with good time you will only serve 15 of those days. If your jail time does not get you even numbers, the jail will round up. For example, if you are given a 10-day sentence, you would only have to serve 7.5, but…

Feb 22, 2019

What happens to my driving record if I get convicted of this OWI? If my driver’s license is revoked as part of my sentence, then why did the court also order 6 points be taken off my driving record?  And do those points matter if my license is revoked anyway? Many people facing a first-time OWI charge in Wisconsin have questions like the above. Some people know the basics of Wisconsin’s point system—that if you are convicted of a moving-traffic violation, ranging from off…

Jan 10, 2019

As of January 1, 2017, all 4th offense OWI’s are felonies.   Prior to this date, your 4th offense OWI would be a misdemeanor if your last OWI conviction was more than 5 years before your 4th offense. Your 4th offense would be a felony if you had a conviction for another OWI offense within 5 years of the date of your 4th offense. Back in the 1990s, even people with over a dozen DUI convictions would only face misdemeanor charges as long as nobody was seriously hurt or killed. Times h…

Jun 4, 2018

Deferred Prosecution Agreement If you end up facing criminal charges, you may wonder what the possible outcomes in the case are. Most people are aware that in criminal cases you have the right to a jury trial and you also have the right to admit guilt and be sentenced by the Judge. Sometimes there is also a third option, a deferred prosecution agreement. Deferred agreements include a guilty plea to the charge you are facing, except instead of the Judge entering a conviction and sentencing you …

May 15, 2018

What Does Being in Possession of Something Mean? In Wisconsin, you can be charged for being in possession of many different illegal items - from drugs, to drug paraphernalia, to firearms. But what does “possession” mean? Possession has several different legal definitions. Obviously, if an item is on your person, in your hand, in your pocket, etc., it can legally be defined as in your possession. Possession can also mean that you knowingly have actual physical control of an item. H…

May 14, 2018

Did you have a dangerous weapon on you while breaking the law? You could be facing harsher penalties Every crime in Wisconsin comes with a maximum set of penalties if you are charged with those crimes. Misdemeanors face various maximum jail times, and felonies face maximum prison times. Possessing a dangerous weapon or threatening to use it during the commission of a crime can add significant time to those maximum penalties. This additional charge is known as an "enhancer" because it enhances t…

May 14, 2018

When Do the Police Have to Read You Your Miranda Rights? Everyone has seen TV shows and movies where the police arrest someone for an offense. They tell the person to place their hands behind their back, and as the police put handcuffs on the person, they recite Miranda rights to the person being arrested. "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.  You have the right to an attorney.  If you cannot afford an attorney, one…

Mar 6, 2018

When you have been charged with a criminal offense in Wisconsin, you may be offered an opportunity to enter into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement.  It can be difficult to determine if this is a good idea or not, which is where a good attorney can help. Deferred Prosecution Agreement in Wisconsin When you are offered a deferred prosecution agreement, or DPA, you will often be required to enter a guilty plea to the offense you are charged with. The Court will defer the entry of a judgment…

Mar 5, 2018

Misdemeanor & Felony CCAP Records Some of the most commonly asked question we get are: "What happens with my records on CCAP?"  "What if I am convicted of my charge: does it stay on CCAP forever?"  "What if I was wrongly accused and the charges are dismissed: do they still have to be on there?"  "If I was acquitted of my charges at trial, will it haunt me the rest of my life?" The answer used to be, yes: they will stay on CCAP forever.  However, that may be changing…

Jan 6, 2018

Bail jumping can arise on many levels and many situations in the state of Wisconsin. Bail jumping becomes a possibility as soon as someone is charged with any crime. Under Wisconsin Statute 946.49, anyone who intentionally fails to comply with the terms of his or her bond is guilty of bail jumping. When someone is charged with a crime and they appear before a judge or commissioner at their initial appearance, the court will set a bail amount and conditions of bond, giving the defendant the oppo…

Jan 5, 2018

Return to Blog Gun Lawyers in Milwaukee Explain Your Firearm Rights As a Waukesha criminal defense lawyer and firearms attorney, there are some questions I get asked more frequently than others. Probably the biggest ones are “Why was I denied my Wisconsin conceal carry permit?” and “I just got denied to purchase a firearm in Milwaukee. What do I do?” "I just got denied for my Wisconsin Conceal Carry Permit" When these questions arise, our attorneys investigate …

Jan 4, 2018

Operating with a PAC: Wisconsin Drivers Beware Operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Wisconsin puts you face-to-face with a standard double whammy charge. A drunk driving arrest for an OWI gets citations for: Operating While Intoxicated Operating with a Prohibited Blood Alcohol Content (PAC) or Operating with Controlled Substance (OCS) What does PAC mean in Legal Terms? The PAC abbreviation translates to a prohibited alcohol concentration level violation. This charge is separate…

Jan 3, 2018

Wisconsin Attorneys Explain the Interesting Story Behind the Castle Doctrine and What the New Law Means for You Castle Doctrine is now the law-of-the-land in Wisconsin and it affects you and your family each and every day. Our Milwaukee gun lawyers are frequently asked about the Castle Doctrine. Many people wonder where it came from and what it means, but mostly people want to know how it affects them. Below, our Wisconsin firearm attorneys explain the interesting backstory of Castle Doctrine a…

Jan 2, 2018

Don't trust your life to some general practice lawyer. DUI’s and criminal cases are not just something we do: they are basically everything we do! Request a free, no-obligation consultation with our team of award-winning former state prosecutors for honest answers to your questions.         Milwaukee Defense Attorney Explains Wisconsin Knife Law Reform Bill & Knife Law Preemption When Governor Scott Walker signed 2015 Assembly Bill 142 into law on February…

Jan 2, 2018

Criminal Damage to Property in Wisconsin Under Wisconsin law, criminal damage to property occurs when someone intentionally causes damage to the physical property of another person without their consent. Damage can range from mere defacement, including vandalism and graffiti, to total destruction. "Property of another" refers to property in which a person other than the defendant has legal or equitable interest, even though the defendant may also have legal or equitable interest in the propert…

Jan 1, 2018

Don't trust your life to a general practice lawyer. DUI’s and criminal cases are not just something we do: they are basically everything we do! A free, no-obligation consultation with our team of award-winning former state prosecutors is just a call away.         The below is intended for informational use only and does not constitute legal advice or an attorney relationship. If you are facing a criminal charge in Wisconsin, please contact a defense lawyer for …

Dec 29, 2017

OWI First Offenses and Search Warrants: Can I Refuse a Blood Test? For police to get a search warrant, they have to be looking for evidence of a crime. A First Offense Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) is not considered criminal, so police should not be able to get a search warrant for your blood, right? Wrong. When you get arrested for an OWI First Offense, police will read you a form called Informing the Accused, which requests you provide a sample of your breath or blood. If you comply, the…

Dec 27, 2017

Police didn’t read me my rights, what now? Everyone knows that if a person is arrested he or she is read his or her rights. We have all seen it on TV; a person is taken into custody, placed in the back of a squad car, and as the person is being placed in the back of the squad we see and hear the officer reading that person’s Miranda rights. So what happens if an Officer doesn’t read you your rights when you are arrested? Maybe you are never read your rights, maybe it is only a…

Dec 26, 2017

6 Qualities of Great Drunk Driving Attorneys Finding the best DUI lawyer in Milwaukee can be confusing, especially when everyone is shouting the same thing: “We’re the BEST DUI lawyer in Milwaukee!!!” So how can you really decipher the best from the rest? There are certain character traits and professional accomplishments which should be carefully considered when choosing your DUI lawyer. Although everyone has their personal preference on what they want in a DUI lawyer, there …

Nov 30, 2017

False Imprisonment as defined in § 940.30 of the Criminal Code of Wisconsin is committed by one who intentionally confines or restrains another without the person’s consent and with knowledge that he/she has no lawful authority to do so. Confined and/or Restrained are legal terms of art meaning that the defendant “deprived the victim of freedom of movement, or compelled the victim to remain where they did not wish to remain.” It is important to note that the use of physic…

Sep 19, 2017

While there are a few instances in which it may be legal to carry a concealed firearm in a bar in Wisconsin, bear in mind the law is strict and one sip could land you with up to 9 months in jail and/or a $10,000 fine. What Is The Concealed Carry Law When It Comes To Wisconsin Bars? Most bars in Wisconsin have a class B liquor license, and under this license patrons can only carry a concealed weapon if they have a concealed carry license and if they maintain absolute sobriety. No sips equates t…

Sep 19, 2017

According to the 2016 Annual Report  from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, there were 52,022 new applications for concealed carry permits. Of those applications, 1,723 were denied a concealed carry permit. Strict laws surround concealed carry in Wisconsin. While you may have options to contest the denial, you may face a long and expensive process. Concealed Carry Permit Disqualifiers If you were denied a concealed carry permit, but do not match any of the disqualifiers listed in Wis. …

Aug 23, 2017

1. It’s not just the drug that is weighed… ...It’s also what it’s mixed with. Wisconsin drug penalties vary considerably depending on the amount of controlled substance you’re caught with. But in determining how many grams (or pounds) you’re in possession of, the drug will be weighed “together with any compound, mixture, diluent, plant material or other substance mixed or combined with the controlled substance.” So if a bag of pot is seized in B…

Aug 2, 2017

Now You’re Facing a Felony, not a Misdemeanor Wisconsin Statutes §961.41(3g)(e) outlines the misdemeanor offense of possession of THC.  The Statute indicates a second or subsequent offense is a Class I felony, jumping potential maximum penalties from 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine up to a 3.5 year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.  Additionally, a second offense felony conviction means you lose your right to vote until your sentence is completed. You also lose your ab…

Aug 1, 2017

What’s the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony in Wisconsin? The differences boil down to the potential penalties and the procedures in court. Anytime someone is charged with a crime, whether a misdemeanor or felony, incarceration is always a possibility. Jail or Prison Time The type of incarceration depends on the type of crime. If you are facing a misdemeanor charge, the maximum penalties will involve jail time. If you are facing felony charges, the maximum penalties will inv…

Jul 31, 2017

Milwaukee’s Top OWI Lawyers Help You Avoid the Cost of an IID for Every Vehicle For many people, having to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on their vehicle is the most frustrating and embarrassing consequence of getting an OWI. For the vast majority of OWI cases (OWI 2nd and higher), an IID is required to be installed for no less than one (1) year on all vehicles registered or titled in a person’s name. It is crucial to your defense to know what vehicles are titled/regis…

Jul 14, 2017

Which county is the hardest on OWI offenses? Each county is different, very different. Each judge in each county is different. That said, counties are grouped by district for consistency in sentencing, but each county has their own way of doing things. Milwaukee County has its own district, the First Judicial District. Racine, Kenosha, and Walworth County make up the Second Judicial District. Waukesha, Washington, Jefferson, and Ozaukee Counties make up the Third Judicial District. This does no…

Jun 28, 2017

What to Expect from Your Initial Appearance in Court for Theft Charges You head down to your mailbox and find a summons and complaint sitting there. You walk back into your house and read the letters from the court addressed to you. You panic because you've never been in criminal court before and have no idea what to expect. While every county is different when it comes to their exact process for initial appearances, there are some general guidelines regarding what lies ahead. As of June 2017,…

Jun 27, 2017

5 facts you must know about Wisconsin’s New Expungement Law The Wisconsin legislature may be passing a new expungement law to help people who have been convicted of a crime in Wisconsin put it behind them years later. The changes that are currently being considered would make Wisconsin’s expungement law one of the best in the country for people who are being held back by their criminal conviction.  Here are 3 important facts about the possible new law that you need to know abou…

Jun 21, 2017

When is your weapon concealed? In Wisconsin, it is illegal to carry a weapon concealed on your person or in your car without a valid concealed carry permit. Some forms of concealment are obvious: if your shirt covers your gun in its holster at your waist, it is concealed. If your gun is in your purse or in the glove box or center console of your car, it is concealed. If your weapon is not completely visible to those around you, it is concealed. You may not have meant to conceal the weapon…

Jun 1, 2017

Grieve Law is Your Best Chance to Get Charges Reduced or Dropped If you have been cited with an OWI—whether civil or criminal—it is vitally important to hire an attorney who has experience in dealing with issues surrounding one of the key events in your case: the traffic stop. The vast majority of OWI cases begin with a traffic stop. Thus, it is important to know whether the stop was legal. Ordinary traffic violations, such as speeding or a burned out headlight, can serve as the sta…

Apr 13, 2017

Pulled Over for Driving Under the Influence of Weed? We Can Help The I in OWI (Operating while Intoxicated) refers to more than just alcohol. Driving under the influence of marijuana or other drugs (even legal prescription drugs) can get you in trouble. The good news is Grieve Law has experience with all kinds of OWI charges. If you’ve been caught driving while drunk or driving while stoned, our OWI defense attorneys will meet with you for a free consultation to discuss your case. People…

Feb 22, 2017

Not Quite Everything You Need to Know about Wisconsin Gun Laws Wisconsin laws governing concealed carry, transport, and NFA weapons are confusing, and we are often asked questions on them. In order to help you better understand these laws, Milwaukee’s top concealed carry lawyers at Grieve Law offer this guide. It is important to remember two things: First, this is a very incomplete guide meant to serve only as a convenient reference for some common questions. Not every law you need to k…

Dec 14, 2016

Get Evidence Thrown Out with a Suppression Motion Hearing It can be difficult to read police reports in which you are the accused, especially if key details are incorrect or seem to have been pulled out of thin air. If you think the officer who arrested you has fabricated some or all of the reports in your OWI case, your attorney may be able to challenge the officer’s credibility at a suppression motion hearing. Courts typically believe the testimony of police officers because officers d…

Dec 14, 2016

Field Sobriety Tests Administered Improperly Can Be Challenged When you are charged with a crime, a conviction may seem inevitable. However, it is an evidence-based process that depends almost wholly on the facts of the case. A good attorney can identify police errors and use them to get evidence suppressed. Without certain key evidence, the State may be unable to prove its case against you at trial. Traffic Stop for Equipment Violation In an Operating While Intoxicated case, officers are tra…

Dec 7, 2016

In many criminal cases, a defendant receives a sentence involving probation, usually before or instead of serving a jail or prison sentence. While on probation, the defendant is required to follow specific rules for his or her behavior. The rules vary depending on the specific case and type of crime, but often include: Meeting with probation officer regularly Coming to scheduled court appearances Staying away from specific people or places Not using drugs or alcohol Submitting to drug and…

Nov 23, 2016

Strict Liability Law against Impaired Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Marijuana is illegal in Wisconsin. This means there is no “legal limit” for driving purposes, as there is for alcohol. If you have any THC in your bloodstream, you can be convicted of an OWI in Wisconsin. Remember, though: You are not guilty until proven guilty. Only six states have implemented a legal limit for THC and its metabolites in the blood: Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wash…

Nov 1, 2016

What If I Want a Different Judge? Under Wisconsin law, a defendant has the right to substitute the judge originally assigned to his or her case. However, there are rules surrounding when this needs to be done. Generally speaking, it needs to be done prior to arraignment, which is when you first enter a not guilty plea.  Motion for Change of Judge with Misdemeanor Charges  Entering a plea can occur at different times depending on whether your case is a misdemeanor or a felony. In a m…

Oct 26, 2016

When you are accused of a crime, think about what these people want: The police officer telling you “it’s just a ticket, there’s not really anything you can do.” The general practice lawyer who takes any case that comes through the door. The government employee making the leaflet telling you where to find a lawyer. You Are Only Guilty If You Are Convicted® What are their motives? Some police officers just want to avoid a day in court, securing an overzealous…

Oct 19, 2016

And How Wisconsin’s Top Domestic Violence Attorneys Can Help In Wisconsin, domestic violence is not a crime on its own but a modifier added onto a criminal or municipal charge. If you are charged with an offense against a person with whom you share a domestic relationship, the State will add the modifier of “domestic abuse.” Here are three important facts about domestic abuse charges you might not know: 1. Domestic Abuse Doesn’t Always Involve Physical Violence Domest…

Oct 4, 2016

There are few things more stressful than being charged with a crime, especially a felony. A felony means you are facing time in prison, with no work release and very little opportunity to see your family and loved ones. Choosing the right attorney to guide you through this process can make all the difference. When consulting with attorneys, consider three main things: location, reputation, and personality. 1. Location – Where will your felony charge play out? There are 72 counties in the…

Sep 23, 2016

When someone is found guilty of a crime, the next step is sentencing in court. Did you know that in Wisconsin all judges, before they sentence a defendant, must consider the same three factors?  Whether you’re in Milwaukee or Waukesha County, it doesn’t matter if you're being sentenced for first degree intentional homicide or a second offense drunk driving: all judges must consider the same factors. How does a judge determine my sentence? The judge will decide on the defendan…

Sep 19, 2016

During Arrest for OWI/Drunk Driving, Drug Possession and other charges, there are circumstances in which you are entitled to your Miranda rights. TV vs. Your Local Waukesha & Milwaukee Police Departments On television shows, we see that as soon as people are arrested, they are given their Miranda rights. The suspects are placed in handcuffs and then led into a police car, where on the way to the police car the Miranda warning is read. Usually the audience hears, “You have the right t…

Aug 26, 2016

Marijuana charges in Wisconsin can be a minefield. While other states are loosening their marijuana laws or even legalizing it, Wisconsin penalties can still be severe. Marijuana charges in Wisconsin can depend on the amount you possess and the circumstances of your arrest. If you get convicted of possession of marijuana, any future offense can even be a felony. If you’ve been charged with drug possession or drug paraphernalia, you need Milwaukee criminal defense attorney Tom Grieve -- an …

Jul 23, 2016

And One Thing To Know About Fighting Your Charge One of the most common questions our Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys hear during an initial client conference is whether it was legal for the police to stop their car. Our OWI lawyers know the answer is complex and is deeply rooted in Wisconsin case law. However, the answer is also found within the “fact pattern,” or what happened in each individual drunk driving stop. The factors in your case that could impact your future fore…

Jun 23, 2016

If you are caught with narcotics or perscription drugs, your charge can be dropped if the police did not follow proper protocol. Contact Grieve Law for a free initial consultation. Know What to do During a Police Stop One of the most important legal questions about your entire case is whether or not the officers made legal contact with you. If they conducted an illegal traffic stop, or an illegal stop and search in the street, that constitutes an illegal contact and it could result in all of t…

Jan 29, 2016

When you are charged with a drug offenses in Wisconsin, such as: Arrested on Drug Charges Milwaukee Attorney Possessing or manufacturing illegal drugs with intent to sell or distribute Possessing narcotics Distributing or selling illegal drugs Conspiracy to a drug crime Maintaining a drug trafficking place Possession of paraphernalia …the most important thing you can do is seek the guidance of an experienced lawyer. A free initial consultation will explain possible outcomes a…

Jan 29, 2016

Don't trust your life to some general practice lawyer. DUI’s and criminal cases are not something that we do: they are basically everything that we do! A free, no-obligation consult with our team of award-winning former state prosecutors is just a call away.         Free DUI Consultation: Milwaukee and Waukesha Area The reality of an OWI charge is you were probably not expecting it. A ruined night doesn’t have to turn into a ruined life. People Are Sti…

Nov 5, 2015

Wisconsin State Assembly Circulates Bill to Ban Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons Democrats in the Wisconsin State Assembly have begun to circulate a co-sponsored bill authored by Lisa Subeck proposing the ban of certain assault weapons in the state of Wisconsin. The bill would ban the purchase, transportation, possession or transfer of semiautomatic weapons.  Semiautomatic assault weapons have been the subject of debate in accordance with several high-profile shootings around the United Sta…

Jul 21, 2015

Arrested for Drunk Driving in the Milwaukee Area Everyone makes mistakes. Maybe you had a late night out, made the poor decision to drive yourself home, and found yourself facing an OWI 1st offense. Or maybe you’ve made the mistake more than once and got a Wisconsin 3rd OWI. Whatever your circumstances, it is important to act fast and contact a qualified, experienced DUI lawyer to avoid losing your license and facing other severe consequences. An Administrative Hearing is an essential st…

Jul 20, 2015

Wisconsin Criminal Records and Court Records Wisconsin criminal records, including DUI convictions, are available to the public. These public court records include all past misdemeanor and felony convictions, as well as civil actions such as divorce and evictions. You Are Only Guilty if Convicted Drunk Driving Convictions and Background Checks DUI convictions appear in background checks and on your public record, permanently. There are a variety of organizations and websites…

Jul 20, 2015

Yes, Drunk Driving Convictions Appear on Public Record If you have a prior OWI conviction, it is part of your public record and will likely show up on a background check run by potential employers, landlords, educational institutions, and others. An OWI 1st offense may not appear on CCAP because it is not a criminal offense, but if the background check includes the Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Information Bureau or the Department of Transportation, the charge is more likely to appear. …

Jul 1, 2015

Don’t Incur a 4th of July OWI!  Red, White and Blue Lights in the Rearview Every American enjoys the Fourth of July. Barbeques, parades, backyard games, cutoff shorts and Old Glory. It is our day as a nation to celebrate hard work, freedom and the many things that make our country great. In and around Milwaukee, we have plenty of reasons to celebrate, including good friends and great music at Summerfest. Celebrations often include Libations Unfortunately, July 4th is the deadliest…

Jul 1, 2015

Rideshares like Uber and Lyft Reduce Drunk Driving in Milwaukee  Summerfest Partners with Uber to Provide Safe and Reliable Rides In 2014, almost 31,000 people in Wisconsin were arrested for driving drunk. 178 people died in alcohol-related accidents, accounting for 32.8% of all traffic deaths. Studies conducted by MADD and national traffic authorities show that after the sun goes down is the worst time to be on the roads, with most DWI accidents occurring between midnight and 3am. Anothe…

Jun 24, 2015

Waukesha Drunk Driving Attorney Get OWI Charges Reduced by Challenging Previous Convictions If you have been charged with a 2nd offense DUI or higher in Waukesha County, or any other county in Wisconsin, you have the right to use a collateral attack on a prior conviction. A collateral attack is a legal maneuver requiring a qualified attorney. To put it simply: if your first conviction ended in a plea instead of a trial, you may be able to argue the plea was inadequate because it violated your …

Apr 28, 2015

Milwaukee DUI Lawyers Explain the Laws and Penalties for Boating DUIs in Wisconsin In Wisconsin, boating laws encourage safety for the operator of the boat as well as for everyone else sharing the water—the same concept as traffic laws. In Wisconsin, a boating DUI has the same BAC limits as traditional DUIs. Our laws say we are operating motor vehicles in an impaired state of mind when our BAC (blood alcohol content) is 0.08% or higher. In Wisconsin, the penalties for a Boat DUI and a t…

Apr 22, 2015

New 2017 DUI Laws in Wisconsin Explained by Milwaukee Lawyers Specializing in DUI Cases If you’re driving in this state, it’s best to know Wisconsin DUI laws. The legal limit in Wisconsin, since 2003, when we became the 43rd state to adopt this lower limit, is a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08. Commercial drivers have only half that wiggle room, at a legal limit of 0.04 BAC. Even less wiggle room goes to drivers under 21, who are under a Zero Tolerance policy. Drivers under 21 a…

Mar 5, 2015

Milwaukee Drug Charges Attorney Explains Marijuana Laws and Penalties in Wisconsin Possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, intent to distribute marijuana, growing marijuana, and keeping a drug house are all illegal in Wisconsin and come with harsh consequences. If you've been charged with possession, your need an experienced Milwaukee drug charges attorney. Below you'll find a summary of Wisconsin's marijuana laws and the penalties for a variety of charges. People Are Only Accus…

Feb 6, 2015

Milwaukee DUI Defense Attorney Explains DUI Probation Violation Laws If you’ve received an early parole or DUI probation, the court imposes certain rules you must follow. While every situation is different, common stipulations include mandatory drug and alcohol counseling, random chemical tests, installing an ignition interlock device (IID) in each of your vehicles, and absolute sobriety. While it may feel like returning to freedom, a DUI parole violation carries serious ramifications. P…

Feb 5, 2015

Milwaukee DUI Lawyer Explains DUI Checkpoint Laws in Wisconsin In 1990, the United States Supreme Court upheld sobriety (DUI) checkpoints as constitutional. Despite this, 12 states (including Wisconsin) banned DUI checkpoints because of concerns they violate the 4th Amendment’s protection against search without probable cause. Just because local legislators have not allowed DUI checkpoints in Wisconsin yet doesn’t mean they’ll never happen. While establishing specific DUI ch…

Dec 11, 2014

Wisconsin Gun Lawyer and Milwaukee Criminal Defense Attorney, Tom Grieve, Interviewed by Fox National News on Topic of Home Firearm Search Yesterday, Wisconsin gun lawyer and Milwaukee criminal defense attorney, Tom Grieve, was interviewed by Fox National News. The topic of focus was centered on the Beloit, WI Police Department. The Beloit Police Chief, Norm Jacobs, recommended citizens volunteer to have their homes searched by Beloit police officers in an effort to find unknown firearms. Perh…

Oct 22, 2014

Milwaukee Drug Lawyer Advises on the Penalties for Possession of Prescription Pills, Including Pain Killers and Other Narcotics Getting caught with prescription drugs like Vicodin, OxyContin, Oxycodone, Adderall, Valium, Percocet, Ambien, etc. spells big trouble. For adults and minors being charged with possession of narcotics, penalties will vary on a case-by-case basis. Legal ramifications for drug charges in Wisconsin may be determined by the type of narcotic, the amount in possession, if th…

Jun 10, 2014

Charged with Drunk Driving in Milwaukee or Elsewhere in Wisconsin? Turns out You’re Far from Being the Only One Have you been charged with drunk driving in Milwaukee or elsewhere in Wisconsin? If you have, unfortunately you’re not alone. The most common cases of those charged with a DUI in Milwaukee last year involved people who were: Drunk driving to/from Summerfest Drunk driving to/from a Brewer game, Admirals game or Bucks game Drunk driving to/from a bar Drunk driving to/f…

Nov 6, 2013

Waukesha Criminal Defense Lawyers Help Your Understand Drunk Driving Consequences in Wisconsin Consequences for DUI charges in Wisconsin vary from county to county, so when facing DUI charges in Waukesha you want the best criminal defense lawyers representing you. Suppose a drunk driver gets pulled over for a DUI in Waukesha and another drunk driver gets pulled over for the same reason in Milwaukee county. Both drivers are charged with the same drunk driving offense, have the same history and h…

Oct 28, 2013

Read Important Information Below Waukesha criminal defense attorney Tom Grieve takes all OWI cases seriously, from drunk driving to drug possession in Waukesha or anywhere else in Wisconsin. The drunk driving charges Wisconsin residents receive have been dropped or significantly reduced with the solid defense built by our lawyers. In Wisconsin and 39 other states, the law regarding DUIs was the same. Police could force a chemical (blood) test for alcohol or drugs during traffic stop if they ha…

Oct 10, 2013

Tom Grieve is an experienced gun attorney who has appeared as a keynote conference speaker and webinar subject matter consultant for the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). For the Firearm Lawyer Milwaukee Trusts, Look to Grieve Law If you are considering the purchase of an NFA item or need information on an NFA trust, our Wisconsin firearm lawyer will answer all of your questions confidentially and at no cost to you. The firearm lawyer Wisconsin trusts is not only one of the …

Sep 23, 2013

Tom Grieve is an experienced gun attorney who has appeared as a keynote conference speaker and webinar subject matter consultant for the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). The Criminal Defense Attorney Waukesha, WI Residents Trust with ALL of Their Legal Matters The Wisconsin firearm lawyers at Grieve Law use years of experience and legal knowledge to protect your firearm rights. Tom Grieve is the same criminal defense attorney Waukesha, WI residents trust to handle their D…

Sep 2, 2013

Tom Grieve is an experienced gun attorney who has appeared as a keynote conference speaker and webinar subject matter consultant for the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). Second Amendment Lawyers in Milwaukee Defend Your Right to Bear Arms Often, our Milwaukee gun lawyers see people lose their right to possess a firearm or obtain a Wisconsin conceal carry license without ever knowing it. Some individuals accept a plea years or even a decade later without ever understanding…

Aug 29, 2013

Waukesha DUI Attorney Provides Valuable Information on the Right to Remain Silent When Pulled Over for a DUI in Wisconsin  In the United States Supreme Court case of Salinas v. Texas, the Court ruled a person must specifically invoke their right to remain silent in order to trigger the right. Below, our Waukesha criminal defense attorneys explain what the right to remain silent in a Wisconsin DUI case can mean for you. Waukesha OWI Lawyer Explains the Right to Remain Silent In the above …

Aug 20, 2013

As a Milwaukee firearm attorney, I get asked a lot of questions about guns laws in Wisconsin. Many of these questions are the usual technical questions: folks want to know how to apply for a Wisconsin concealed carry permit, where they can legally carry a firearm, how does the castle doctrine work, etc. Others are more nuanced: what exactly did the U.S. Supreme Court rule in the Heller decision? However, perhaps the most frequently asked question by those who do not own guns is why do people nee…

Jul 16, 2013

Our Milwaukee DUI Defense Lawyers Keep You Updated on the Latest Wisconsin Drunk Driving Laws Our Milwaukee DUI defense lawyers know there may be three major changes involved in Wisconsin drunk driving laws and operating while intoxicated laws. Lower BAC Levels in Wisconsin The National Transportation Safety Board recommend states lower the prohibited alcohol concentration from .08% to .05%, pointing to the fact that some people are intoxicated at .05%. About 2.7% of those charged with drunk …

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