Category Archives: Criminal Defense

What to Know If Your Child Is Accused of a Crime

When a minor child is accused of breaking the law in Wisconsin, a juvenile delinquency action is brought against them.  The juvenile justice system is used differently than the adult criminal justice system; the goal is to connect juveniles with the resources they need to correct their behavior and to allow them to avoid incurring criminal charges as an adult. 

It is rare that a juvenile will be taken out of their home and placed in a detention center on their first offense, though it can happen.  The most common outcome is that the juvenile is placed on supervision for a period of time, during which he or she must follow a set of rules and meet regularly with their assigned social worker.  The most common supervision rules include following curfew, following their parents’ rules, avoiding further law enforcement contact/crimes, and attending school regularly (typically things the juvenile needs to be doing anyhow).

Children younger than 10 cannot be adjudicated delinquent (i.e. convicted of crimes and brought into the juvenile system).  Wis. Stat. § 938.12(1).  However, if a …
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Not Guilty Verdict on OWI/PAC 2nd + Refusal Case

Criminal Defense Attorney Katie Bosworth met victory in a recent Not Guilty verdict on an OWI/PAC 2nd + refusal jury trial. In most instances, these cases are extremely difficult to win because the perceived facts typically speak against the defendant’s innocence. Even if the perceived facts are false, it can be difficult to convince a jury of this. In this case, Attorney Bosworth skillfully laid out the evidence for the jury to consider, pointed out the errors in the prosecution’s case, and then allowed the defendant to take the stand. His genuine account of the events helped convince the jury of his innocence.

Social Media and Personal Injury Claims

Social media use has grown dramatically in the last several years. Recent polls have indicated that as many as 78% of adults in the United States have at least one active social media profile. Although people use these platforms for varying reasons, most people use them to share personal aspects of their lives, from what they had for dinner to marriages and deaths. Whether it comes in the form of a tweet, a quip or a photo, our lives have become a story for just about anyone to read.

Many people do not consider, or perhaps fully understand, the ramifications such open access can have, especially in legal matters. Law enforcement routinely uses social media to identify, track and even prosecute criminal activity. Insurance adjusters and attorneys have used social media profiles to search for evidence that might contradict or support a claim or case. This is especially true in personal injury cases.

When you’ve been injured in an accident, it can feel like second nature to post a status, photos of your mangled car or injuries, and periodic updates …
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