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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Wisconsin on
Q: If Bond conditions state there's a no contact between two people can the person who is not on bond still send messages?

I'm on bond it states that I cannot have contact with a person or their residence, but they continue to message me multiple times a day. Is this legal

David Patton
David Patton answered on Aug 10, 2021

Yes it is. However, I would contact your lawyer to let them know what's happening. 100% DO NOT RESPOND!

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I have a criminal defense question.

I sold some ammunition in a private sale to an individual who was over 21 years old. I was contacted by a detective saying that the ammunition that I sold him legally, may have been used in a murder. Ammunition is not subject to background checks in Wisconsin so I did not ask to see a concealed... Read more »

David Patton
David Patton answered on Jun 21, 2021

Most likely you were contacted as a witness. They may be trying to tie the Defendant to the gun by way of the ammo. I am not a civil attorney, but it seems unlikely that you'd face liability assuming you were acting legally when you sold.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Does the good time law still apply for wisconsin inmates?
David Patton
David Patton answered on Apr 3, 2021

In Wisconsin, you can get up to 25% over your jail sentence reduced for good behavior. However if your jail sentence is a condition of your probation (probably with a prison sentence over your head), good time doesn't apply.

Furthermore, in Wisconsin, if your prison sentence was...
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Q: I just found out my ex husband was exposing himself to my daughter 10 years ago.

Happened "often" according to my 14 year old daughter. She was around 5 years old

David Patton
David Patton answered on Apr 3, 2021

Call the police. That is a crime in every state. You should also consider retaining a lawyer to represent you and your daughter. You have rights as victims under Marcy's law. It also sounds like you may need to get any visitation schedule amended. We wish you luck and are thinking of you and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: If drug trafficing charges were dismissed in 2018 can they turn around now and take me to court again?
David Patton
David Patton answered on Mar 16, 2021

Unfortunately, if it was dismissed without prejudice, they can recharge. That being said, you might be able to use the delay to make hay at the trial.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Will it will benefit me to hire a lawyer I currently have a public defender that says she can't give legal advice!

First criminal charges ever- I have 3 disorderly, damage to property and a battery! Re: 2grown adults having an altercation at a storage facility. I don't know what to do, I need advice ASAP. Please & Thank you!

David Patton
David Patton answered on Mar 9, 2021

Just like any attorney - mileage will vary. If you aren't clicking with your PD or you don't trust them, it's definitely worth hiring an attorney.

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Q: If a informant say your not who they are looking for but officers proceed with the arrest is that illegal

Does that still give them probable cause?

David Patton
David Patton answered on Mar 9, 2021

Just like a lawyer, I have to say - it depends. In this case, it depends on what other evidence they have that provides probable cause.

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