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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can I video tape an officer who has stopped me
William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Apr 24, 2017

The short answer is yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can the police enter your home looking for someone that is not on your lease with a warrant for them by breaking it in
William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Apr 24, 2017

Your question is more complicated than you probably intended it to be. Police may use and act on false information. The real question is a quality of the false information. You should review the application for the warrant at the circuit court that issued the warrant. The application will show... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Under what circumstances can a police officer require a drug test and can i refuse one in the state of WI
William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Apr 24, 2017

Police officers cannot impose drug tests unless there is a court order.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can a local police dept. eavesdrop on a citizen's wi-fi signal, eavesdrop and act on the gleaned information ?
William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Apr 24, 2017

The law requires a warrant first.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Federal Crimes for Wisconsin on
Q: Is it legal to make a song about killing the president?

And if a disclaimer were used such as "I DO NOT MEAN ANY ACTUAL HARM ONTO THE PRESIDENT", would that suffice?

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Apr 24, 2017

The short answer is yes. And you do not need a disclaimer. There are hundreds of songs about killing political figures. There is a different between artistry and threats. And there is a different between speech and true threats. I assume you fall squarely within the artistry and First Amendment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can you Carry A karambit knife with a 3.5" blade and a 4" handle total of 7.5" long around in WI? Im not 18.
William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Apr 24, 2017

The short answer is yes. But you will need a permit if you want to conceal it. I should add that I am unaware of any current permit procedure for knifes. So you can only openly carry it at present. You also have to avoid certain places, like schools.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Wisconsin on
Q: Can a family member compel me to share a recording of a private conversation with a now deceased family member?

I have an audio recording of a private conversation with my father, shortly before his passing several years ago. This conversation contains content that may be embarrassing to me. Another family member would like to compel me to share that recording and is threatening to take legal action. Can... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Apr 24, 2017

Maybe. If the recording concerns the estate, it is probably discoverable. If not, then probably not. You can have the judge review the recording in camera (that means outside the presence of the parties to the case). That will solve the embarrassment concerns you have.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can a police officer hold a charge against you to make you be an informant
William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Apr 24, 2017

Police officers do not charge crimes, prosecuting attorneys do. Police officers do make criminal referrals to prosecuting attorneys. So I assume that is what you mean: the police officer is threatening to make a criminal referral unless you inform. And, yes, a police officer can do that.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Wisconsin on
Q: A police officer at my school asked me for my phone, I gave it to him not I'm trying to get it back how do I get it back
William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Apr 24, 2017

You should file a petition for the return of property with the local circuit court. There is no filing fee for this type of action.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Wisconsin on
Q: How many days eviction notice do my roommates need to give me if I'm not on the lease?

I live in an apartment with 3 othes, 2 of which are on the lease. I am not on the lease either. I was not able to pay rent on time and now they are trying to kick me out. They are trying to give me a 3 day notice to get out. I moved in to here in January and have been paying rent and utilities as... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Apr 24, 2017

You are a tenant at-will. That means that your tenancy may be terminated upon proper notice. 3 days is not proper notice. It also sounds like you are a sub-leaser. Most lease agreements prohibit sub-leasing without notice to the landlord. So the other tenants would have a difficult time suing you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Law and Personal Injury for Wisconsin on
Q: Have been victim of government surveillance in recent past that had led to invasion of privacy, hostile work environment

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 5, 2016

Depends on the nature of the surveillance. The American Civil Liberties Union has a guide to freedom of information requests which would be one starting place.Proving it's the government and not a private investigator is a different thing, but FOI requests would be a starting place. Do... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Wisconsin on
Q: I am trying to find a successful civil rights lawyer. How can I see who won cases on the federal court site?
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq.
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq. answered on May 22, 2012

There are many good ones. See what a former civil rights client had to say about me: http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/53233-wi-maxwell-livingston-4089061/review...

Thank you. If you need help, please email at maxwell@mmmediation.com

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Wisconsin on
Q: Are there any lawyers in the state of Wisconsin willing to fight for prisoner's civil rights?
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq.
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq. answered on May 11, 2012

Give me more information, so I can let you know whether I can help.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Wisconsin on
Q: How can I get an lawyer with little money to help represent me in a Civil Rights case in Wisconsin. Judicare won't help.
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq.
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq. answered on May 11, 2012

Give me more information, so I can let you know whether I can help.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Wisconsin on
Q: What is a Hate crime?
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq.
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq. answered on May 11, 2012

"A hate crime is usually defined by state law as one that involves threats, harassment, or physical harm and is motivated by prejudice against someone's race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation or physical or mental disability. Laws vary by state and if hate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Wisconsin on
Q: Can i get an out of state federal lawyer for a case in wisconsin

Is it possible to get an out of state federal lawyer to go against the city of superior in wisconsin in reguards for smashing my rights to the 6th amendment and a couple of other issues that were printed in the local news paper even tho i had not been served nor had any acknowledgement of an... Read more »

Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq.
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq. answered on May 10, 2012

Are you asking whether someone will take on the case? You will need to clarify so I can best assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Wisconsin on
Q: Me and my ex girlfriend own a house together. she attacked me, then put injunction on me. How can I get my items back?
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq.
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq. answered on May 10, 2012

I need more information to give you a good answer. The court enjoined your property? If that is so, it would be necessary to see the order.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Wisconsin on
Q: My artwork was stolen this year and is being used in a Platinum selling album, as a homeless person, what is my recourse
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq.
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq. answered on May 10, 2012

If your work was stolen, you have a right to conversion (either the cost of the property, or the property itself).

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Wisconsin on
Q: I need to find an attorney to talk to me regarding sexual harrasment I recieved while being an inmate at Brown Co. WI
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq.
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq. answered on May 10, 2012

I can be reached at my email address, should you need assistance.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Wisconsin on
Q: Can a condominium association in Wisconsin not allow you to post a political sign in my window.

Wisconsin Statutes state: 703.105 Display of the United States flag and political

signs. (1) No bylaw or rule may be adopted or provision

included in a declaration or deed that prohibits a unit owner from

respectfully displaying the United States flag.

(1m) No bylaw or... Read more »

Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq.
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq. answered on May 10, 2012

Per Section 703.03, 703.105 only applies when the condiminium has been declared. Assuming that you live in a registered condiminium, no rule or bylaw, declaration or deed may prohibit you from displaying a United States flag.

I would suggest hiring an attorney like myself to handle this...
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