You’ve probably seen it on TV: the police arrest someone, and read them their “Miranda rights.” But do you know as much as you should about what these rights really mean?
Are Courts Pulling Back the Right to Counsel in Wisconsin?
If you’ve ever watched a police procedural show on television, or if you’ve had a personal encounter with law enforcement, you’re probably somewhat familiar with the Miranda Warning. The Miranda Warning is a listing of rights afforded to the accused, and police must deliver it before diving into any line of questioning once a suspect… Read More »
Supreme Court to Rule on Detention of Building Occupants During a Search
In order to place someone under arrest, police officers need to have probable cause. This means that you cannot be arrested unless officers have a level of suspicion based on objective evidence that makes it reasonable to suspect you have probably committed a crime or are about to commit a crime.
Wisconsin’s DNA collection initiative challenged by Supreme Court case
In February 2013, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced a budget initiative, which aims to expand DNA collection to those arrested on felony charges. Under Wisconsin’s current law, DNA is taken only from convicted felons and those convicted of a few misdemeanors.
US Supreme Court limits police officers’ ability to force a blood test
The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued its ruling on an important case involving a warrantless blood test on an individual suspected of drunk driving. The Court said a warrant must be obtained before performing a blood test on an individual against his or her wishes except when it is reasonable and urgent to forgo a… Read More »
Wisconsin weight violations can be costly and time-consuming
Wisconsin truck drivers (or those from other states just passing through) have a tough job. They have to contend with the long hours, discomfort and solitude of life on the road, and they also have to deal with an ever-moving target of weight and size parameters that could literally earn them an overweight or oversize… Read More »
Probation and parole are no cakewalk in Wisconsin
Wisconsin inmates would agree that it is better to be out on probation or parole than it is to be in jail. Probation is a court-imposed sentence that allows a person to be released into the community rather than committing the person to prison or jail. Parole is the early release of an incarcerated person.… Read More »