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Domestic Battery With a Weapon in Wisconsin: Definition, Penalties, and Sentencing

October 24, 2019

A charge for battery domestic violence in Wisconsin is done under essentially the same facts as a regular battery domestic violence case but comes along with a greater penalty, due to the domestic abuse enhancer or weapon.

It’s important to recognize that a "weapon" under Wisconsin law, can be just about any object; it’s not restricted to knives and guns. Picture frames, sticks, cost hangers and garbage bags – just about any household object can be classified as a weapon in a battery domestic violence case.

If you lose your cool and throw a potted plant at your spouse, live-in partner or ex, you could be charged with domestic battery violence with the use of a deadly weapon.

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5 Ways You Might Incur Extra Penalties For OWI-Related Incidents

October 24, 2019

If you've been arrested for driving under the influence in Wisconsin, you might be charged with additional criminal offenses you hadn't expected.

Wisconsin OWI law does not generalize all drunk driving cases into one standard set of penalties. Although you might first associate repeated drunk driving offenses with additional or more severe punishments, there are in fact a wide range of circumstances that could place someone charged with OWI in more trouble.

There are a number of situations and factors which could result in you facing additional charges during an OWI stop in Wisconsin. Keep reading to learn more about these situations and their associated penalties.

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Penalties of Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana in Wisconsin

October 17, 2019

As more and more states legalize marijuana, it's not unusual for people to wonder, "Is marijuana legal in Wisconsin?"

Despite being legalized in a number of states across the country, marijuana use still remains illegal under Wisconsin law. In fact, Wisconsin drug laws strictly prohibit the use of marijuana, and possession of marijuana and/or drug paraphernalia, in addition to other drug-related offenses. 

Just like any other controlled substance, it is also illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana in Wisconsin. If police suspect you of doing so, you can expect to be charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, or OWI.

Keep reading to learn more about what police look for in determining drugged driving charges, as well as potential penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana or another drug in Madison or elsewhere across the state.

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How Does an OWI Conviction Affect Insurance in Wisconsin?

October 14, 2019

In Wisconsin and almost every other state, an Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) conviction likely means a higher insurance rate.

Just how much will your premium will go up? That depends on several factors. But no matter what sort of auto insurance you have, it’s very important to learn as much as you can about the SR22––something that you will almost certainly need to handle if you are convicted.

If you've been arrested for OWI, DUI, DWI, BAC, PAC or other criminal charges in Wisconsin, Stangl Law can help. Get a free consultation now.

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A Simple Guide to Plea Bargains in Wisconsin

October 10, 2019

Plea bargains show up frequently in television shows and movies but few people actually know what they are or how they're used in real life legal situations. 

Getting convicted of a crime in Wisconsin can have long-term consequences that affect not only your future, but your friends and family, too. In today's highly-connected world of social media, just the presumption of guilt can cost someone their job and reputation when word gets around.

Plea bargains can help defendants avoid many of these consequences.

Keep reading to learn more about how plea bargains work in Wisconsin, including the different categories or plea bargains, why you might consider accepting a plea bargain, how plea bargains can impact sentencing, and more.

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Stangl Law Achieves 4 OWI-PAC Victories in 3 Weeks

October 3, 2019

Attorney Patrick J. Stangl of Stangl Law Offices, S.C. recently won four OWI-PAC (drunk driving) cases in three weeks.

This winning streak offers hard, measurable proof that Stangl Law Offices, S.C. can use their considerable experience and skill to help you successfully defend your OWI-PAC (drunk driving) case.

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Is Embezzlement a Felony or Misdemeanor in Wisconsin?

October 3, 2019

If you've been charged with embezzlement in Madison or elsewhere across the state, or expect to receive such accusations soon, then you may be wondering what a typical penalty for embezzlement is under Wisconsin law.

To help you prepare for your defense, keep reading to learn the definition of embezzlement under Wisconsin state law and the process for determining possible punishments you may face if convicted.

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What are the Grounds for a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Wisconsin?

September 26, 2019


If you’ve recently suffered an injury in a car accident or through some other event and believe your personal injury case may be strong enough to bring a favorable outcome with a lawsuit, it’s important to look at the details of the case with a skilled attorney to determine if filing a personal injury lawsuit in Wisconsin is in your best interest.

The first thing all personal injury victims should understand before moving forward with a lawsuit is that each case is different. Just because some indicators might line up with your circumstances, that doesn’t automatically mean your have a case strong enough to win.

If you're wondering what indicators typically suggest your case may be strong enough to proceed with a personal injury lawsuit, keep reading to learn five common things Madison personal injury attorneys look for when assessing a case’s potential to hold up in court.

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4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring A Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney

September 19, 2019

Dealing with personal injuries can be a stressful, difficult ordeal whether it’s happened to you or someone close to you. While there may be several parts of the recovery process you’ll need to manage, contacting a personal injury lawyer to help you through any legal issues can be a very important step in the process depending on your particular situation.

If you feel you may be in need of legal assistance with your personal injury case, it’s essential to hire an attorney who is capable of helping you during such a stressful time.

Asking the right questions can make all the difference when it comes to finding the right attorney for your situation. If you’re struggling to come up with questions to ask potential hires, keep reading to learn four things that can quickly help you determine whether an attorney can help you with your personal injury case.

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6 Reasons to Contact a Lawyer Before an Arrest in Wisconsin

September 12, 2019

Most people probably wouldn't imagine contacting a criminal defense attorney unless they've already been arrested in Wisconsin. Even if you think you're being investigated for a crime, chances are that your first instinct may not be to call a lawyer.

Yet, there are a number of reasons why having a skilled and proven defense lawyer on your side before the police knock on your door can be a wise move in your defense. 

Too often, people fear hiring a defense attorney too soon might make them look guilty in the eyes of others. What these individuals don't realize are the various ways a criminal defense attorney might be able to help the outcome of their case if contacted before an arrest.

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