Nuts and Bolts Series: Criminal Court in Wisconsin Vol. 1 – Bail and Pretrial Release

Author: Attorney David E. SapersteinPhone: 608-257-0945Email: dsaperstein@hurleyburish.com This practical series, “Nuts and Bolts,” is intended to demystify the process of being charged with a crime in Wisconsin state (circuit) courts. The court process can be overwhelming. Knowing what to expect from the process may make it less confusing and unpredictable, and hopefully less stressful. Will […]

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”)

Authors: Attorney John C. Mitby Phone: 608-257-0945 Email: jmitby@hurleyburish.com On March 27, 2020, the President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) to provide relief to individuals, businesses and hospitals in response to the economic distress caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. You should review and fill out […]

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Am I required to pay out my employee’s unused vacation time?

Authors: Attorney Elizabeth L. Spencer Phone: 608-257-0945 Email: espencer@hurleyburish.com Whether an employee is voluntarily leaving employment or an employer is terminating an employees’ employment, questions may arise on what wages are due. One key question that may arise is how will unused vacation time be handled and how is it required to be handled by […]

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What happens when a charity named in my estate plan goes defunct?

Attorney Thomas VercauterenPhone: 608-257-0945Email: tvercauteren@hurleyburish.com Recently, Dane County decided to end its partnership with the Henry Vilas Zoological Society, the nonprofit entity that supported the Vilas Zoo.  The county cited concerns regarding the large cash reserves that the nonprofit held and the accessibility of funds raised with the intention to support the zoo. Perhaps overlooked […]

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.08 or Higher Doesn’t Mean You’re Guilty

By: Attorney David E. Saperstein Email: dsaperstein@hbslawfirm.com Phone: 608-257-0945 If you are wondering whether there is any point in “fighting” a drunk driving charge if your blood or breath test reveal a result of .08 or higher, the answer is quite possibly YES. Thanks to the well-established physiological process known as “alcohol absorption,” even if […]

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Watch Your Butt!

The ever-eroding 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took another hit in Wisconsin in 2015, courtesy of our Wisconsin Supreme Court. In State v. Daniel S. Iverson (cited as 2015 WI 101), our State’s highest court upheld a stop of the defendant’s car based upon a state trooper apparently witnessing a passenger in the car toss a cigarette butt out of the window. Following the stop of his car, the driver, Mr. Iverson, was investigated for and charged with drunk driving (OWI). […]

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Am I Guilty of Disorderly Conduct ?

Disorderly Conduct, aka the “catch-all” offense. The definition of the charge, under Wisconsin Statutes section 947.0, is a laundry list of behaviors that reads like a typical evening of reality T.V., but that can land the average, non-celebrity- citizen in court or in jail. Let’s take a look at the definition of “DC”, and tease […]

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Was I Resisting (or Obstructing)?

A previous post discussed the level of suspicion that an officer must articulate to justify a “stop” or otherwise initiate an encounter with a “civilian.” Generally speaking, a law enforcement officer initiates contact with a “civilian” because he or she suspects the civilian of some kind of wrongdoing. The officer may be mistaken, may have […]

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