A great deal can happen in the span of a couple of seconds. For law enforcement agents in pursuit of a suspect, the actions and decisions made in this short amount of time could mean the difference between life and death. A former police officer in Wisconsin has been accused of violent crimes and is now facing homicide charges after an incident involving the death of a man who was in possession of a gun and attempting to evade arrest.
Three Waukesha locals have been arrested after allegedly ambushing a man in a home that he shared with one of the three people accused of committing the attack. Violent crimes charges have been filed against three alleged attackers, two men and one woman, for felony armed robbery and substantial battery. One of the Wisconsin men is claimed to have placed the victim in a choke hold, resulting in felony charges being filed against him for strangulation or suffocation.
A Jan. 5 attack upon a Wisconsin store clerk resulted in the man's death from repeated blows to the head with a baseball bat. Murder charges have been filed against the accused attacker, a 32-year-old Milwaukee man. Purported to have an outstanding warrant for other violent crimes at the time of the incident, he was arrested on Jan. 18 with bail set at $200,500.
Being accused of murder, aggravated theft or assault in Wisconsin is obviously a serious matter. Those charged with violent crimes typically have a lot at stake. If they are unable to avoid conviction, they may stand to lose their freedom, as well as be made to pay substantial fines as restitution for their actions. Anyone who goes to prison may experience a chain reaction of unfortunate events that might include family problems, inability to earn an income and even the loss of one's home or other assets due to not being able to pay debts.
When a person is accused of a crime, there is no immediate way of knowing whether that person will be convicted in court. In fact, there are many situations where judges decide to dismiss all charges, or --even if convictions are handed down -- people are often able to enlist support from experienced attorneys to obtain lighter sentences. In some cases, such as a recent one involving a 24-year-old man in Wisconsin, defendants plead guilty to violent crimes, and prepare themselves for the consequences.
Wisconsin police often have their work cut out for them when trying to sift through the details of suspected criminal incidents. Violent crimes, in particular, often involve complex issues and events that make it impossible to immediately determine what led to assaults or murders, not to mention who may be responsible for said acts. In a recent situation, a man who was apparently murdered had already been named as a suspect in another crime in the area.
Not long ago, a 23-year-old man died in a shooting that involved a police officer. This was not the only death-by-gunshot to occur in Wisconsin during summer 2016. Reports indicate that more violent crimes were committed during August than ever before in the state's recorded history.
Wisconsin law governing matters pertaining to juvenile crime has been called into question after a recent conviction was overturned. The situation involves a teenage boy who was tried and convicted of violent crimes as an adult. He was a 16-year-old when a girl was murdered, and was accused of having helped another person kill her.
A supposed belief that a virtual character was, in fact, real, seems to have been a significant factor in an incident that allegedly occurred in Wisconsin. Violent crimes are said to have been perpetrated in a section of woodland by two girls who were apparently classmates of their supposed victim. One of the accused is apparently planning to enter a not guilty plea by reason of insanity.
Being accused of a serious crime in Wisconsin or elsewhere often has immediate and long-lasting consequences. Every situation is different, yet every person is presumed innocent, unless proved otherwise in court. Aggressive, experienced defense is typically key in violent crimes cases to obtain results that minimize the potentially permanent negative impact such situations can have on one's life.