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There are fees for community supervision in Wisconsin

One of the things that some individuals convicted of a sex crime or other crime here in Wisconsin go through after their conviction is a period of community supervision. Examples of such periods include probation periods, parole periods and extended supervision periods. There are a variety of different circumstances under which a convicted individual may be assigned such a period. 

Online fraud scams and Cyber Monday

We are now just a couple of weeks away from one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, Cyber Monday. On Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, many retailers offer major online deals to encourage online shoppers to spend their holiday shopping dollars with them and many consumers are on the lookout online for big deals on presents for loved ones or personal purchases. A significant amount of spending occurs on Cyber Monday. Around $3 billion in total spending is expected to occur on Cyber Monday this year, according to National Retail Federation estimates. 

Severity of injury a factor in Wisconsin battery charges

Here in Wisconsin, battery is, generally, an action done with the intent to inflict bodily harm that causes bodily harm to someone. Given this relatively simple definition, one might think that the issue of what level of criminal charge a person would face in the state upon being accused of battery would also be a fairly simple one. However, under state law, there are actually multiple different charge levels a battery charge can have, with what specific charge level a person could face depending on multiple factors. One of these factors is the severity of the injury the alleged battery caused to the victim. 

Sentencing can vary considerably from judge to judge

When a person is convicted of a crime, it is not the end of their case. A very important proceeding follows: the sentencing proceeding. This is when it is decided what specific penalties a person will be given for their conviction. The options available for judges for sentences here in Wisconsin can be pretty wide-ranging. This creates a potential for a fair amount of variation in sentencing between judges.

Past conviction record can impact financial crime sentencing

One of the things that can affect the legal situation of a person accused of committing a crime against a financial institution, such as stealing from, defrauding or robbing such an institution, here in Wisconsin is their past conviction record. For example, whether such a person has had previous convictions on charges of crimes against financial institutions could impact what maximum prison sentence they could face if found guilty of the current charge.

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