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Woman recieves DUI for smelling drunk, court overturns decision

This week, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals has overturned a court decision that convicted a woman of a DUI after she allegedly smelled like alcohol.

According to officials the woman and her friends stopped at a gas station at 3:30 a.m. and the police officer said that he could smell the alcohol on the women as they walked past him. The woman then got back into the car and the officer arrested the woman as she sat behind the wheel.

The appellate court overturned the original decision to convict the woman with driving while intoxicated because the officer did not see the woman drive recklessly or seem intoxciated while in the store, she only smelled of alcohol.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Appleton DUI lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. LLC by calling 1-888-565-7597.

Wisconsin begins to enforce stricter penalties for drunk driving

As of July 1st, residents in Wisconsin will face harsher penalties for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Prior to July 1st, individuals typically received only a traffic violation for their first OWI arrest. Wisconsin was formerly the only state in the nation with low penalties for first time offenders, but officials hope that the new laws will help deter residents from drinking and driving. In addition, the penalties for repeat offenders changed, making it a felony for an individual to commit four OWI offenses in five years. 

Persons who have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may face serious criminal penalties, including fines, loss of driving privileges, and incarceration. If you have been accused of operating a vehicle under the influence, contact the Appleton OWI attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at 888-565-7597 today.


Day care center shut down for abuse

An Appleton day care center called Grace's Garden Academy was shut down a month ago when it was discovered that children were being disciplined by means of choking and flicking.  The academy was closed when the Appleton Fire Department inspected the facility on a tip.  A woman called the fire department because she had visited Grace's Garden Academy three times to see where her child would be napping and was told each time that she could not enter the room because children were sleeping inside.  The woman who ran the academy had been warned for more than two years that she wouldn't be able to continue operating the childcare facility without a license.  The woman told authorities that she was shutting down the day care center but continued to operate the facility as a school, which doesn't require a license.

The woman is not currently facing criminal charges but a group of parents are getting together to talk about filing a lawsuit against her.  Many of the parents of the children who attended the academy have complained that their children have been experiencing health and anxiety problems.

If you or someone you know has been domestically abused, contact the Appleton domestic violence lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C., L.L.P. by calling 414-271-9595.

The appeals process from trial courts to appeals courts

Decisions made by district courts are not necessarily final. In most cases, defendants have the option to appeal their criminal conviction to a higher court.

When a higher court receives an appeal, they will review the appeal to determine whether there is any cause for mistrial. If a cause for mistrial is found, the appeals court  will typically send the case back down to a lower court for retrial.

If you or anyone you know is planning to appeal your criminal conviction, contact your Appleton criminal appeals lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.

Juvenile Cases Under Question

Sentencing of juveniles has been a confusing arena in criminal law for several years. There has been legislation that said that 17 year olds could be charged as adults and that even 10 to 16 year olds could automatically be tried as adults in certain cases.

Now, with so many juvenile cases going so many different ways, people are wondering how to handle juveniles in the Wisconsin criminal arena. Unfortunately, there are so many factors that go into who should and shouldn’t be tried as an adult, that the decision is very difficult.

Criminal charges are hard for anyone. If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, juvenile or not, contact the Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.

Woman Charged with Theft

An Appleton woman is charged with stealing a company credit card to pay for a California vacation and several extravagant pet cages. She allegedly embezzled over $30,000 from the company for which she worked as a book keeper.

Among the charges on the card were a flight to Fresno, CA in the amount of $3,777 and two pet cages totaling $7,896. She was apparantly fired from the company before the embezzlment allegations came up. The woman is scheduled for proceedings later this month.

Criminal charges like these can carry severe penalties. If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, contact the Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.

Armed Robberies for Prescription Drugs

The number of armed robberies surrounding prescription drugs in the Fox Valley have surged. This is in part because prescription drug values are on the rise. It is also difficult to track prescription drugs being illegally distributed.

2007 was an especially hard year as is saw an 1800% increase in prescription drug seizures from 2003. That year also saw a record number of armed robberies, several of them involving prescription drugs and pharmacies. Police in the area are showing some concern over this new trend.

Armed robbery and drug trafficking are very serious crimes with very serious consequences. If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, contact the Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.

Former CEO Awaits Trial For RICO

Power management chip-makers International Rectifier Corp (IR) and former CEO of the company, Alex Lidow, are awaiting trial.

Alex Lidow, son of Eric Lidow, was the CEO of IR from 1995 until 2007, yet began working for his father, Eric Lidow, who started the company in 1947, in 1977.

Unfortunately, after a shaky audit that found Lidow to be responsible for irregular product sales in their Japanese firm’s subsidiary, analysis claims Lidow cost the company around $117 million in damages.  According to the case files, Lidow has been engaging in ongoing criminal enterprise.

He recruited 6 IR employees to the idea of a start up of a new firm, Efficient Power Conservation Corp (EPCC), of which IR’s trade secret, silicon-technology-platform, would be incorporated in EPCC and used to rival IR.

Lidow denies allegations of copying the silicon-trade-secret, and claims EPCC would be developing a different   semi-conductor for its clients.

If you have been accused of racketeering, or using a company’s trade secrets to your advantage, contact your Appleton trade secret’s lawyer at 888-565-7597 to discuss your options.

Man Arrested for Sexual Assault of 7 Year Old

A Kaukauna man has been arrested for sexually assaulting a 7 year old girl. The man’s bail is set at $100,000. He was charged with one count of repeated sexual assault of a child.

The man confessed to at least 15 incidents, and the girl claimed that there were around 20. This is not the first time as the man molested another young girl in the late 1980s.

Sexual assault is a terrible crime with terrible consequences. This is even more true when minors are involved. If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.

Appleton Boy Faces Criminal Charges

A 16 year old Appleton boy is facing criminal charges in a drive by shooting case. The boy, along with a 22 year old Menasha man, performed the shooting at th 3300 block of S. Blueberry Lane last week.

Both parties are currently being detained and the police have asked for charges of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.

Often, charges can be too high. If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.