Alleged violent crimes are not constitutions of guilt

As in all other states, violent crimes sometimes occur in Wisconsin. In fact, on a recent Monday, a man was arrested and charged with stabbing another man. The supposed crime took place in the wee hours after midnight at an apartment. The 42-year-old victim was listed in serious condition and was transported to a hospital for emergency surgery. When prosecutors suspect violent crimes, they are often quite aggressive in their quests to secure convictions.

When Wisconsin police slap handcuffs on someone and take him or her into custody, it is generally because they believe the person has committed a crime.  However, the mere fact that a police officer arrests someone does not mean the person is guilty of the crime or crimes in question. Also, police must have probable cause in order to make an arrest.

This is where the term "alleged" comes in. If someone is alleged to have been in a certain place at a particular time or is alleged to have been seen doing something, it may be evidence of a possibility, but in order to hand down a conviction, prosecutors need to prove their case. A strong defense can often poke holes in the prosecution's case, which can ultimately lead to a not guilty verdict or even a case dismissal.

The 55-year-old man charged in the alleged stabbing incident was apparently not a permanent resident of the apartment but had come home with one of the people who lived there. He and the other resident reportedly got into an argument moments before the stabbing took place. Facing charges for violent crimes in Wisconsin may lead to severe penalties if prosecutors succeed in obtaining a conviction. To build as strong a defense as possible, it is always a good idea to enlist support from an experienced criminal law attorney.

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