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OWI Sentencing Guidelines in Dane County, Wisconsin

October 23, 2018

This guide offers important sentencing guidelines for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) citations issued on or after January 1, 2017 in Wisconsin's Fifth Judicial District. This includes the city of Madison and Dane County as well as Rock, Green, and Lafayette counties.

This information is up-to-date at the time of this posting, but subsequent updates may have been made since then or may be made in the future.

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Class F Felony in Wisconsin: A Guide to Penalties & Defenses

October 15, 2018


In Wisconsin, felonies are divided into nine different classes, from Class A, the most serious, to class I.

Here, we'll focus on Class F felonies in Wisconsin. Specifically, we'll explain what a Class F felony is, common examples of Class F felony charges in Wisconsin, the possible penalties for Class F felonies in Wisconsin, and possible defenses for those charges.

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Reckless Driving in Wisconsin: Penalties and Next Steps

October 1, 2018

Wisconsin, along with every other state, has strict laws against reckless driving––an offense that occurs when a motorist operate a vehicle in such a way that poses a risk of injury to others.

Reckless driving is different than many other Wisconsin traffic laws as each offense depends in large part on the specific circumstances of each individual case.

This article will take a closer look at what constitutes reckless driving, explore contributing factors, present penalties for reckless driving in Wisconsin and offer tips on where to start if you or a loved one have been charged with this criminal offense.

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Which Drivers in Wisconsin Face a Lower Blood Alcohol Limit?

September 20, 2018

Avoiding a conviction for operating while intoxicated (OWI) in Wisconsin requires drivers understand the state's drunk driving laws

Just as many motorists don't realize a typical drunk driving arrest results in at least two different charges––OWI and PAC––many others don't realize there are different legal limits.

Most drivers assume the .08 legal limit applies to everyone in Wisconsin, but depending on your age, type of drivers license, and prior OWI convictions, you may face a much lower BAC limit.

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Monsanto Paying $289M in Roundup Lawsuit: How to Get Compensated for Your Injuries

August 30, 2018



Monsanto Co. has been ordered by a jury to pay $289.2 million in a massive lawsuit over its weed killer, Roundup.

In 2015, the World Health Organization determined that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicides, is probably carcinogenic.

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IVC Filter Lawsuits: Problems & Legal Compensation for Patients

August 29, 2018

An IVC filter is a wire that is inserted into the inferior vena cava to prevent blood clots from entering the heart, lungs, kidneys or brain by catching the clots in the bloodstream and allowing them to break down over time.

An ongoing IVC filter class-action lawsuit claims the makers of IVC filters were negligent in the design of these devices, and that they are failing at a high rate. Patients are experiencing bleeding, organ damage, and chronic pain.

If you or someone you know has been injured or harmed by an IVC filter, you or another individual may be entitled to compensation. Request a free consultant with experienced attorney using the button below as soon as possible.

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6 Common Defenses for OWI in Wisconsin

August 9, 2018

It's a mistake to think that having a blood alcohol level result of 0.08% or above automatically means an OWI conviction. There are many ways to beat an OWI charge if you have an attorney on your side with the right knowledge and experience.

From flawed procedures to a mishandling of your rights, there are many ways to reduce or completely dismiss an OWI.

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Inside a Successful Appeal: A Stangl Law Success Story

July 24, 2018

The story below was written by David Wilson, a Stangl Law client who encountered a serious legal problem related to a firearms restriction.

This problem directly affected his employment as a truck driver responsible for hauling military equipment including ammunition and weapons. David went in search of a skilled attorney who could help appeal his conviction and protect his livelihood.

Following an appeal process, Attorney Stangl negotiated a settlement with the District Attorney, which the court approved. The domestic portion of the disorderly conduct charge was reopened, vacated and dismissed. David no longer has the conviction on his record and can now possess firearms and ammunition, allowing him to continue working in his position.

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What are the Side Effects of Abilify?

July 10, 2018

Abilify (aripiprazole) is an anti-psychotic drug used to treat psychotic conditions and disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It also is used with other medications to treat major depression in adults.

As of May 2018, more than 800 lawsuits have been filed in federal court against the makers of Abilify by individuals who claim to have experienced compulsive behaviors because of the drug.

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What You Need to Know About Expungement in Wisconsin

June 6, 2018

There are many common misconceptions about when expungement (also called expunction), or the process of having a case expunged or removed from a person’s criminal record is available.

Expungement is a process whereby a criminal conviction can be removed from an individual’s criminal record which can also remove the conviction from public view.

At the heart of the expungement statute lies an intention “to provide a break to young offenders who demonstrate the ability to comply with the law” by successfully completing and being discharged from their sentences.

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