In Part 2 of the "Owning the Problem" series, the author summarizes the financial costs of mass incarceration and compares Wisconsin's prison costs and incarceration rates to those of nearby states. He then explains the social costs: to the imprisoned individuals, to their families, and to their communities.
Many forms of relief for noncitizens convicted of deportable criminal offenses have been eliminated while the number of offenses that trigger an immigration consequence has expanded. Despite these changes, defense lawyers can still provide vigorous, effective counsel to noncitizen clients.
A personal injury hypothetical highlights the civil law issues that criminal defense lawyers should consider and how those issues can affect the criminal case. It also addresses the considerations for civil lawyers when confronting a matter with an ongoing, parallel criminal case that arises from the facts of the civil dispute.
Many people, including lawyers, do not realize the extent of human trafficking, in Wisconsin and nationwide. The authors shed light on this industry, explain the challenges victims face in the legal system, and describe how lawyers can help victims rebuild their lives.
A man convicted of operating while intoxicated (OWI), third offense, argued that a blood test should have been suppressed because he did not freely give consent. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court (5-2) upheld the conviction, but with differing views on application of the state's implied consent law.