How Does the Driving Point System Work in Wisconsin?

If you are convicted of a traffic violation, this conviction will result in demerit points being added to your record. If you accumulate 12 or more points during the course of 12 months, then your license will be suspended. The point system works as follows: 12-16 points: 2 month suspension 17-22 points: 4 month suspension […]

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How Is Property Divided in a Wisconsin Divorce?

Wisconsin follows the community property model when it comes to division of marital property. This means that marital property is simply divided down the middle (50/50). Before this occurs, marital property must be distinguished from non-marital property.  For guidance throughout your unique divorce case, contact Gatzke and McFadden Law Offices. We strive to find solutions that protect […]

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Rules To Follow During a Traffic Stop

The Wisconsin State Patrol supplies “guidelines for motorists who are stopped by state patrol”. These guidelines include ensuring your hands are in plain sight throughout your traffic stop. In order to do this, you can put your hands on top of your steering wheel. Additionally, you want to ensure you put your keys on your […]

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What Is a Guardian Ad Litem?

A guardian ad litem is an individual, (usually an attorney), who is appointed by the court in cases that involve minors. A GAL deeply examines the details of the child’s situation, to determine what case outcome would align with the child’s best interests. A GAL then communicates to the court the outcome they believe should be […]

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How to Avoid Driving While Drowsy

It is a widely known fact that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous for drivers and others who exist on the road. However, it is not as often discussed that driving while drowsy is just as dangerous. Here are some tips on how to ensure you take on the road in […]

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Standard Field Sobriety Tests

If law enforcement pulls you over with a suspicion that you are driving under the influence, three standardized field sobriety tests may be administered. The three standardized tests are: One-Leg Stand Test Walk and Turn Test Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) Test These tests are used across the nation in order to establish probable cause for an […]

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Traffic Tickets in Wisconsin

Many assume your first traffic ticket for a moving violation is no big deal. However, it will most likely lead to your insurance rates increasing by 27 percent, for a minimum of 5 years. This means that on average, your auto insurance will increase more than $1,600. If a second offense occurs within 5 years, […]

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Age of Consent in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, the age of consent is 18 years old. According to the Wisconsin Statutes, “Sexual intercourse with a child age 16 or older” is considered a Class A misdemeanor. Sexual activity with a minor is considered statutory rape, as the Wisconsin statutes dictate that minors are not old enough to consent to sexual activity.  […]

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What Are the Penalties for a First-Time Owi in Wisconsin?

If you are charged with a first-time OWI in Wisconsin, you will be facing fines, a revocation of your license and the requirement of an ignition interlock device if your BAC was .15 or above. If a minor was in the vehicle, you will be facing jail time. View the official Wisconsin Statutes detailing laws […]

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How to Secure a Beneficial Fresh Start Post Divorce

According to a Business Insider article, opinions about divorce in the United States have evolved. It has become clear to many that divorce may be a crucial choice, due to a plethora of reasons. Most of these reasons involve securing your happiness. Despite the benefits and fresh start your divorce may offer, the process is […]

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