Milwaukee Legal Issues Blog

Who is liable for slip and fall accidents?

As a Wisconsin property owner, you are obligated to make sure the outside and inside of your business or home are safe for those who visit you or patronize your shop. Similarly, when you enter a store, government building or another person's private residence, the owner or landlord of the property must inform you of any possible hazards that may be present at the time, such as debris that could cause slip and fall accidents. If something happens to cause you injury, and you learn that the property owner knew of the issue but never told you or did anything to remove the danger, that person may be legally liable for your injury.

If you go a festival or concert in the park where the lighting is very poor, it may cause you to stumble and fall. Such falls can cause moderate to severe injuries that require extensive recuperation in order to achieve the fullest physical healing possible. Many times, repeat visits to a physical therapist may also be necessary for healing, and there's no secret how expensive that type of care can be.

Growing marijuana in Wisconsin is a very serious offense

For those who have a need or desire for marijuana, growing the plant themselves may seem like a the best option for the situation. Not buying it means avoiding the dangerous unregulated market and keeps potential profits out of the hands of drug cartels, gangs and other criminal elements. It also means the person growing it knows what fertilizers and other chemicals helped grow the plant.

While there are many reasons why someone may want to grow their own marijuana, it simply isn't legal to do so in Wisconsin. State laws on marijuana are very clear. Even those who qualify for medical marijuana use in Wisconsin may not grow their own marijuana. Anyone who does so could face serious criminal charges.

Driver distraction causes many Wisconsin motor vehicle accidents

While it's true that drunk drivers are menaces to all who share their roadways in Wisconsin and all other states, alcohol is not always a causal factor of collision. Some motor vehicle accidents occur because of distracted driving, poor road conditions or any number of other issues. A recent crash that occurred on a Wednesday near Cottage Grove involved two cars, and resulted in injury and a fatality.

One of the vehicles was reportedly traveling in a westbound direction on Interstate 94 at the time. Authorities say it appears that the vehicle slowed down or stopped in the right lane of traffic. Moments later, another vehicle, also heading west, collided with the first car.

16 in Wisconsin recently arrested for drug crimes

An onslaught of warrants reportedly served by police in Wisconsin has led to the arrests of 16 people. The ages of those arrested on suspicion of drug crimes range from 18 to 52. The police action unfolded over a 10-day period.

A drug task force unit is said to have issued six different warrants at various times during the investigation. Overall, investigators went to five different residences and one business establishment to conduct their searches. Authorities say they seized a substantial amount of evidence that will likely be presented in court by prosecutors attempting to obtain convictions against those arrested.

Wisconsin man says police coerced his violent crimes confession

Netflix viewers who watch "Making of a Murderer" may be familiar with a particular case that is currently being appealed post-conviction. A 28-year-old man, who was 16 when certain violent crimes were committed, says his confession to those crimes was coerced. Although tried separately, he and his uncle were both convicted and remain in Wisconsin prisons at this time.

The case was the subject of a 10-part series on "Making of a Murderer." The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments regarding a request that it bar use of the confession the young man gave in 2005. Such a request was already denied by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The appellate judges in that instance voted 4-3 to uphold conviction.

Protecting your rights during a traffic stop

Seeing the blue flashing lights behind you is never the way that you want your day to go. However, a simple traffic stop may become something much more serious, depending on your behavior.

Understanding how to protect your rights during a traffic stop is only useful if you know what to do before the blue lights appear. Without this key understanding, you may face harsh consequences or criminal charges.

Recent Wisconsin motor vehicle accident resulted in fatality

Anyone who frequents Wisconsin highways during lunch hour knows how busy and chaotic traffic patterns can be. Even when one driver is alert and cautious behind the wheel, another motorist's negligence can wreak havoc on the roadway. A recent motor vehicle accident near Boyceville occurred just after 12:30 p.m.

A 54-year-old woman and her 19-year-old daughter were traveling together on State Highway 79. Their sports utility vehicle was said to have been moving in a southbound lane at the time. Whatever the two women may have had planned for their afternoon was brought to an abrupt halt when a northbound vehicle reportedly crossed over the yellow traffic line and crashed into their SUV.

When should police read me my Miranda rights?

Most people in America have at least a passing familiarity with their Miranda rights from their frequent use in television and pop culture. However, beyond knowing that they have the right to remain silent and have the right to an attorney, many people do not understand exactly when an officer must read them their Miranda rights.

In fact, there are many instances in which an officer does not have to read a person his or her rights, and many suspects accidentally incriminate themselves, believing that police must first read them their rights before a statement can be used against them.

Focus on opiate addiction means those who sell pills have a lot to risk

For many years, the thriving secondary market for prescription pills across the country was an open secret. Many people knew or understood that some prescription medication ended up sold and used in illegal manners, but few people concerned themselves with this issue. In the last few years, however, a steep increase in the number of reported deaths related to opioid, opiate, and heroin abuse and overdoses has skyrocketed.

This has led to broader cultural awareness of the risk involved with prescription drug diversion. It has also prompted law enforcement to crack down more frequently on those suspected of selling or even giving away prescription medication to others. Understanding the law in Wisconsin is critical to legally protecting yourself, especially if you have a prescription for narcotic painkillers or other commonly abused drugs.

Seeking justice following motor vehicle accidents in Wisconsin

Regardless of how alert and cautious you are behind the wheel, you can never predict what another motorist might do. It's no secret that Wisconsin roadways often include drunk drivers and others who are reckless or negligent behind the wheel. Irresponsible drivers place others at risk for injury when their actions lead to motor vehicle accidents.

When you set out for work each day, or take to the road to run errands, attend social gatherings or travel on vacation, you have the right to reasonably expect that motorists in your vicinity will adhere to all traffic laws and regulations. Since laws vary by state, it's crucial to check them ahead of time in the state where you'll be driving. It's also helpful to know the signs of distracted driving, driver intoxication and other potential hazards on the road.

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