Using Social Media During Your Trial: 5 Important Tips

December 8, 2017

These days, people share just about anything and everything on social media. No one is more aware of this than law enforcement, who has taken full advantage of users' openness to look for and collect evidence against them.

To make things as simple as possible, don't post anything to any social platforms during your case. Probably 90% of the problems that stem from social media could have been avoided if the user simply didn't post something. 

With that in mind, I've broken down some more detailed advice for those heading to trial:

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The Consequences of Your First OWI in Wisconsin

November 20, 2017

Despite the commonly-held idea that a person's first drunk driving offense isn't a "big deal," it can bring life-changing consequences, not all of which may be apparent at first.

What's more, very few people realize that they can be convicted even if they were driving within the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit. If the court determines a driver was "incapable of safely driving," while under the influence of any amount of alcohol, the penalties are the same.

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Important Facts About Weapons Charges in Wisconsin

November 18, 2017

If you, like most Americans, consider it important to carry for self-defense, it's important to know the legality of any weapon that you might be carrying in each state that you visit.

You may even already be facing trial for the act of possessing or carrying a weapon without committing any other crimes.

For those planning to visit Wisconsin or awaiting a day in her courts, this article will present you with details about Wisconsin weapon carrying laws, the potential consequences for violating those laws, and a few example defenses that may help those in need.

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

November 14, 2017

When a person hears the word "felony," many different ideas come to mind, and often the assumption is that they have committed, or have been accused of, a very severe crime.

But in Wisconsin, the state legislature has classified nine different classes of felonies, from Class A, the most serious to class I, which is the least serious. Depending on what a defendant is convicted of, sentencing for these crimes can be as severe as life imprisonment for a Class A felony to a fine of up to $10,000 for a class I felony and/or up to 3 1/2 years in prison.

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Legal Rights and Defenses for Carrying and Using Firearms in Wisconsin

November 8, 2017

It's the government's duty to find the balance between regulating the use and distribution of dangerous weapons and allowing their citizens to use those weapons for their right of self-defense.

It is also up to the citizen to know the laws regarding firearms wherever they reside or visit to avoid legal trouble and mount a knowledgeable defense when the state is overzealous in its protectionism.

The law offices of Patrick J. Stangl have compiled this helpful primer on Wisconsin firearm laws, their consequences, and potential defenses for any resident or visitor who can make use of the information.

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Class I Felonies in Wisconsin: A Guide to Penalties & Defenses

November 4, 2017

A Class I felony is the least severe felony classification of the Wisconsin State Legislature, but it doesn't mean that being charged with a Class I felony isn't something to take seriously.

In Wisconsin, being convicted of a felony means that you may be sent to state prison and lose some civil liberties.

In most cases, anyone 17 years old or older may be considered an adult, and in some cases those even younger may be charged as an adult an be subject to these penalties. State prison sentences must be for at least one year, otherwise, sentences are carried out at county jails. The current maximum sentence for a Class I Felony is 3.5 years, and the maximum fine is $10,000. 

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Possession of Synthetic Marijuana in Wisconsin: What You Need to Know

October 3, 2017


Many people already aware that marijuana is illegal in Wisconsin, make the mistake of assuming synthetic marijuana is both legal and safe to use. Neither are true.

It's important to know that synthetic marijuana and other synthetic cannabinoids are considered controlled substances under Wisconsin's drug laws, making the use, possession or sale of these substances illegal.

In addition to being illegal in Wisconsin, synthetic cannabinoids are also extremely dangerous substances. The use of fake marijuana and other synthetic marijuana substances has been linked to severe health consequences, including seizures and even death.

This article presents a quick run-down of important information you should know about synthetic cannabinoids, including Wisconsin's penalties for the crime of possession of this illegal drug.

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Fighting Marijuana Possession Charges in Wisconsin: A Success Story

September 30, 2017

Stangl Law understands how frightening it can be to find yourself or your child suddenly facing drug possession charges in Wisconsin. After contacting an experienced drug defense lawyer to explore your options, it's also important not to give up hope.

Friends and family can offer wonderful support, but in times such as this, it can also be helpful to learn about similar stories of individuals who chose to fight drug charges in Wisconsin and had success.

The following case story is shared with that intention: to show that it is possible to successfully fight drug possession charges in Wisconsin.

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How To Handle A Sexual Assault Charge in Wisconsin

September 25, 2017

In today’s culture, being accused of a sexual offense usually comes with a “guilty until proven innocent” response from the public. Sex crimes almost always carry heavy penalties and consequences that affect your everyday life, long after any formal punishments come to an end.

Mandatory registration as a sex offender, comparatively large fines, and mandatory minimum jail sentences are commonly associated with sex offenses in Wisconsin, as well as the rest of the country.

If you’ve been accused of a sex offense in Madison, Wisconsin, it’s crucial you have a full understanding of both the charges being levied against you, and what you need to do next to protect yourself.

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Guidelines for Sex Offenders on Halloween in Wisconsin

September 24, 2017

Ghosts, goblins offenders? It may not surprise you to learn that many parents across Wisconsin become anxious at Halloween, not knowing if their child's next "Trick or Treat" will come after knocking on the door of a registrered sex offender.

It might surprise you to learn that individuals listed on the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry may agree that October 31st can, indeed, be the scariest night of the year due to both increased restrictions and increased scrutiny of law enforcement on Halloween.

This article covers the rules registered sex offenders must follow on Halloween in Wisconsin. While serving as an important guideline to those listed on the Registry, this information can also serve as a resource for parents.

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