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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law and Sexual Harassment for Wisconsin on
Q: There's a guy messaging me saying vulgure things about my fiance ...i asked him to stop and he wouldn't what should I do

He has made many sexual comments to me about my fiance and I'm trying to stay out of trouble and not react wqhat should I do

Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Mar 10, 2018

There are many avenues for you to try, most not really requiring a lawyer. You do not want to intensify the situation. You could try getting a harrassment injunction in Wisconsin--see your Clerk of Courts. You could call the police or sheriffs dept. There is a fine for telephone harassment. i... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Wanting a felony expunged in Wisconsin. Convicted last year at age 32 crime occurred 8 years previously.

I'm currently on parole in Colorado and know I can't get it expunged at least until parole period is up. Crime occurred when I was age 23 or 24. Wanting to know about possibility and cost. Thanks.

Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Mar 3, 2018

Have to 25 years old or less and judgment of conviction at sentencing references that possibility. Age, and, if not requested at initial sentencing you may be ineligible. Bring more specifics to a Wisconsin attorney. It could work.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Wisconsin on
Q: If the jail marked "released" in my file, am I still looking at jail time?

I was sentanced to a month in jail for an OWI. when I reported to the jail to check myself in, they took my ID and had me fill out paperwork on my health. I turned in the paperwork n waited in the lobby for 2 hours. They never cuffed me, and were closing so I left. I checked the jail roster... Read more »

Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Feb 27, 2018

You have to do the jail time or use up credit if you were in jail before bailed out. Contact the jailer immediately. Do not assume you have done the time. You can face additional charges if you make a mistake or assumption here. See a lawyer if need be, NOW.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I was told to get my anger management class done and to come back with my ged I was woundering if I actually half to

My anger managment class is almost done . do I half to get my ged or do I go to jail if I don't I'm 20 btw

Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Feb 25, 2018

Not enough information. if you are on probation and those are conditions, you can't get off probation until that is done. There might have been an imposed and stayed jail sentence which could send you to jail for non compliance. See you original attorney or consult one. Bring your conviction... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can Green Bay, WI charge a person for a crime that happened in another state even after that state dropped charges?
Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Feb 13, 2018

Sometimes a crime will have a nexus in two different states, so the answer is yes. The dropping of the charge in one state is not determinative here. Perhaps the state of Wisconsin was the preferred juirisdiction. Sounds like a federal offense is also possible. Not enough information to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Son recently turned 18, charged retail theft over $2000. Can they return stolen items to drop charges?
Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Feb 11, 2018

Probably not. Might have to plea, but due to his age his attorney should ask at sentencing for the ability to ask for expungement later which might be better than dropping charges, because it then can be wiped off CCAP. Must plead to all charges however and none dropped for it to work.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can a probation officer force you to quit a job

I'm a cook at a pizza restaurant that has a bar in it I work in the kitchen none of my violations for probation or my crime had nothing to do with my job

Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Feb 7, 2018

You don't reveal your crime of conviction. The bar may have everything to do with the request to quit. Don't kid yourself. They can revoke you or request alternatives to revocation. Do you work regular hours. How long have you had the job. Not enough information.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Wisconsin on
Q: A friend of mine did retail theft in the of $1,200 he has a clean record will he get jail time? He’s 19

Correction: class I felony ,$750

Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Feb 4, 2018

Yes, but probably not. He should at the minimum, at sentencing, ask for the chance for future expungement.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Wisconsin on
Q: i was attacked by son at my newly purchased home, he calls cops , i get charged with domestic abuse. Last seen him 2 yrs

police come, ask 2 questions then arrest me. they did not ask me my Maranda rights and took me to jail. bail was $850. I am recently divorced and won the house in the divorce & i just recently refinanced it and now only in my name.

Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Feb 4, 2018

I do not see a question. Miranda rights are read so any statement you make can be included in the case. Perhaps your first two answers can be excluded. Is the charge disorderly conduct? I think you should see an attorney and get discovery.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Wisconsin on
Q: I replied 2 an ad on Craigslist for a younger guy seeking older, set up a meet (didn't), father says I owe him money.

I panicked and deleted everything from my phone and ad is gone now but sure it said 20. Exchanged pics during texting (didn't think underage), roleplay was suggested and agreed to, gave my address, meet never happened. Started to get texts from same number claiming to be father, talked, reason meet... Read more »

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Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Jan 24, 2018

I wouldn't pay because blackmail never stops. Was the person under 18? Did you know it. You are very fuzzy on that part. Normally you could go to the police about the extortion, but the dad, to protect himself, will probably lie about you. Deleting the emails indicates you knew it was wrong.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Wisconsin on
Q: My OWI charge hasn’t been filed and my court date is tomorrow. It’s been 5 weeks what could be going on?

I haven’t received a BAC ticket, I took a blood test and breathe test. I was never told my results. Nothing shows up on CCAP and I haven’t received anything about a license suspension from the DMV. This was in Wisconsin and is my 2nd

Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Jan 24, 2018

You should get a 30 day notice (you could answer in 10/13 days from date of notice) re the DMV. The BAC ticket will be filed or amended to the OWI criminal complaint. Results will be on the probable cause part of the criminal complaint

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I am out in signature bond from Manitowoc Co. Wi And have a bench warrant for missing court in marinett Co Wi

Will I be arrested today when I report to Manitowoc for fingerprint

Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Jan 24, 2018

Good Chance. Depends on how wide a reach the warrant is. Is it statewide or just neighboring counties. I would contact the Marinette court clerk of court to see if you could get a bond hearing date to show up at.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can I turn someone in who has a warrant for their arrest?

Their warrant is out of Racine county however they are staying with their mother in Waukesha county. Which precinct should I contact and how would I go about getting this person off the streets?

Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Jan 15, 2018

Racine County Sheriff's Department. I am sure.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Wisconsin on
Q: My neighbor threatened that if " you dont take care of your i cat i will, and you know what that means."

My cat is an outside cat, I live in the country. He said if I don't take it to get neutered, that he will take him to the humane society or get rid of him for me. Cat has been missing for a week?

Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Dec 22, 2017

Check with the humane society. Proof of criminal damage to property or abusing animals needs some foundation. The threat is probably, at most disorderly conduct. Proof he did something criminal is next. An at large animal may be in violation of township ordinances. Check with the Clerk. My... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: If a court order no contact for a 16 year old and an 18 year old when the 16 year old turns 18 can it be dropped?
Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Dec 6, 2017

Yes if the court order actually expires on its face or the parties stipulated and get the Judge's approval.. This could be a juvenile matter, a probation matter, a criminal bail bond matter, an injunction or other. Depends on how it was issued.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Wisconsin on
Q: Is it ok for a spouse of a person who is prohibited from owing fire arms to own one.

I know someone who sells guns and said they were in his store trying to buy a gun for him knowing he is legally not supposed to have them. What is the law regarding his spouse registering them and letting him use them. They both know he cannot legally possess them. And is there a way to turn... Read more »

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Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Nov 25, 2017

Husband may not possess a firearm (gunpowder driven). Spouse can have one (but not a good idea.). He can not use it, handle it or save it some place.. He also can not buy one whether or not they will sell him one. Enhanced criminal penalties can apply if he is found with one while committing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can I violate the restraining order I have on someone else if I invite them to be in my presence?
Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Oct 22, 2017

Yes. Usually lists no contact direct or indirect. The someone else is helping you violate the order.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Probate for Wisconsin on
Q: Can Menoninee Michigan Extradite Me From Marinette Wisconsin If I Absconded From Misdeamenor Probation?

Marinette and menoninee are right next to each other there's a bridge that separates both so they are literally a mile apart

Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Sep 13, 2017

Yes, but they usually don't due to cost as it is a misdemeanor. Try to work it out through an attorney and the DA in Michigan.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Was attacked for no reason by teen with autism while babysitting. Parent lied about aggressive behavior prior employment

Was attacked for no reason by a teen with autism while babysitting. Parent withheld full information and lied about violent behavior prior employment, describing him as "quiet and not aggressive". Police was informed and report was filed. School was also informed. Now my back in injured and nobody... Read more »

Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Sep 12, 2017

BasicTort (negligence Law) makes no exception for negligent or intentional acts by an incompetent (youth or otherwise).

Lawsuit for damages can be held against the youth and or parents (limitations do apply to some of this.) From what you state the it does not seem that the District...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: What is the likelihood my pending battery and disorderly conduct charge will be dropped?

No prior criminal background of any kind. No evidence of physical violence. "Victim" even states no physical violence took place.

Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Sep 11, 2017

Are they State Charges? Disorderly less likely to be dropped.. Battery requires a touching. If Victim says no touching, who does say so? Have the criminal complaint reviewed by an attorney. It will be worth it.

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