Have you heard about the John McCaffary case? John was sentenced to the death penalty in 1850 for the murder of his wife on family property. About 3,000 people came to see his horrific execution where he struggled for five minutes before doctors were called upon to check his pulse. Two short years after this… Continue reading The Case That Led to the Abolishment of Wisconsin’s Death Penalty
“Not a Drop”: Wisconsin’s Underage OWI Law
Wisconsin’s “Not a Drop” law prohibits individuals under the age of 21 from driving after consuming any amount of alcohol. Any underage driver with a BAC of over 0.00% can be convicted of OWI. Penalties Fortunately, Wisconsin underage DUI does not typically result in jail time, but penalties can include fines and demerit points added… Continue reading “Not a Drop”: Wisconsin’s Underage OWI Law
What Does the State Need to Prove to Get an OWI Conviction?
Getting an OWI conviction is not easy for the state. They must go through numerous leaps and bounds to receive a sentence. Here at Maciolek Law Group, we are dedicated to ensuring our client’s rights are protected. We will stop at nothing to challenge the arresting officer’s reports, their training, and police procedures. The police… Continue reading What Does the State Need to Prove to Get an OWI Conviction?
Is There a Difference Between Homicide and Manslaughter?
You have probably heard people use the words “manslaughter” and “homicide” interchangeably, but they do not mean the same thing. These terms are very different, and people must understand the difference. Homicide Death is considered homicide when one human kills another human being. The only requirement for an act to be deemed as homicide is that… Continue reading Is There a Difference Between Homicide and Manslaughter?
Does an Allegation Mean You Are Guilty?
A criminal allegation does not mean you are guilty of a crime! An allegation is simply something that someone says occurred. It is not something that confirms or denies a crime. It is up to the prosecution to prove your guilt beyond all reasonable doubt. Learn more here.
The Degrees and Penalties of Sexual Assault in Wisconsin
It can be confusing to differentiate the degrees and penalties of sexual assault in Wisconsin. To help make things simpler, we have listed them here: 1st Degree Sexual Assault Penalty: Class B felony, involving up to 60 years in prison. The defendant could face life imprisonment if the victim is under 13 years old. 2nd Degree Sexual… Continue reading The Degrees and Penalties of Sexual Assault in Wisconsin
Can a Juvenile Crime Be Expunged?
A juvenile crime does not have to affect your entire life. You may have the opportunity for your records to be sealed when you reach legal age. To discuss this option, contact our office at 920.289.4262. https://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-and-criminal-justice/automatically-sealing-or-expunging-juvenile-records.aspx#:~:text=All%20states%20have%20some%20sort,the%20record%20can%20be%20expunged.
The Three Types of Field Sobriety Tests in Wisconsin
We have all heard about field sobriety tests, but what do they entail? Field sobriety tests are three different tests used by police officers to determine if a driver is under the influence. These tests assess a driver’s balance, coordination, and ability to focus on more than one thing. Continue reading to learn about three of the… Continue reading The Three Types of Field Sobriety Tests in Wisconsin
Incarceration’s Effect on Mental Health
People who go to prison often leave a much different person than they came. Why is this? What happens inside that changes them? Is there anything that can be done to protect their mental health? Learn the answers to these questions and more here.
The Wildest Excuses from People in Possession of Drugs
There is never a good reason for possessing illegal drugs, so you are better off saving your talking for your criminal defense attorney. Click here to read some of the notable excuses used over the years by people who failed to heed this advice. https://www.vice.com/en/article/epx9yp/caught-with-drugs-police-excuses
Since the early 2000’s Wisconsin has been experiencing a problem with the drug methamphetamine. In recent years, Wisconsin has seen a massive surge in use statewide. How is this affecting Wisconsinites? We have the answers. The Brain This drug causes severe change and damage to the human brain. It causes a flood of dopamine to be… Continue reading Wisconsin Methamphetamine