Milwaukee's curfew for people under 17 --  enacted in 1943 but long-dormant -- is being actively enforced by Milwaukee police, opening up parents to the threat of fines. According to John A. Birdsall, the curfew's dated wording and ambiguous first amendment exemptions also expose the city and its police department to the threat of lawsuits.

A recent case by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals highlights an ongoing problem with the availability of after-market modifications of motor vehicles.  Go to any car parts store, and you will see a variety of cool things you can do to your car, including special lighting, unique license plates and other accoutrements made for the savvy hot rod owner.

Monday, 28 March 2022 08:56

One Year Can Make a World of Difference

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Turning 18 is a rite of passage for teens. Legally recognized as adults, they have obligations such as registering for the selective service system and new rights such as the ability to legally purchase lottery tickets, cigarettes and other items of the adult persuasion.

Many Wisconsin teens fail to realize that their 17th birthday has the potential to be far more consequential than their 18th if accused of committing a criminal act.

Americans have the right to a speedy trial, but a shortage of public defenders is resulting in excessive jail stays for defendants who are unable to come up with the cash for bail.

As reported by the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, “Nhja Lee, 45, of Green Bay, spent more than 100 days in jail on $25,000 bail in 2018 while the Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office tried to get a private attorney to represent him.”

Monday, 07 February 2022 11:07

A Refresher Course on Wisconsin Marijuana Laws

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You don’t have to look far to see marijuana-related news.

Governor Tony Evers recently granted pardons and clemency to 30 individuals who had been incarcerated as a result of marijuana and other drug crimes. Elsewhere at the Capitol, lawmakers have introduced multiple bills that would reduce the penalties associated with possession of cannabis.

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