Wisconsin Firearm Offenses: Minimum Mandatory Sentences

January 9, 2018


In November 2015, a bill was signed into law creating mandatory minimum sentences for certain firearm offenses in Wisconsin.

I've summarized the key parts of this law that Wisconsin gun owners need to be aware of along with the penalties they may face if convicted.

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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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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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The Legality of OWI Traffic Stops and Searches in Wisconsin

September 21, 2017

If you were recently stopped and searched by police in Wisconsin, you're likely wondering, "When are police allowed to search my vehicle?"

To gain a better understanding of this important point, it's helpful to understand the meaning of "probable cause" under Wisconsin law.

Keep reading to learn more about the Wisconsin probable cause definition, examples of probable cause, and what police can do under the protection of probable search in Wisconsin.

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

September 18, 2017

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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The Guide to Understanding Bail in Wisconsin

June 20, 2017

Like most people, you probably have a general idea of what bail is: money you pay to get out of jail. However, there is much more to bail than that. Eligibility, costs, payment options and other requirements all come into play.

If you've been arrested and are wondering how to get out of jail in Wisconsin, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of the conditions surrounding bail in order to avoid further complications to your legal situation.

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