Wisconsin has three classifications for law violations.
For a crime to be considered one of "domestic abuse" in Wisconsin:
- No one has to be injured
- The people involved may be adult siblings
- The people involved may be adult child and parent
- The crime must involve at least two people
- Those two people must have lived in the same household, or
- Those two people must have had a dating relationship, or
- Those two people must have a child together
This interacts with various other laws such that the misdemeanor conviction can:
- Lead to deportation and/or exclusion from admission to the country for non-citizens whether or not legally in the country.
- Lead to a lifetime ban on firearms possession. See Misdemeanor Crimes of Domestic Violence and Wisconsin's Domestic Abuse Enhancer - Gun Rights
Most people know that a felony conviction can legally keep people from holding many jobs or obtaining many occupational licenses.
Various employment opportunities may be denied, legally, or illegally, by employers who check CCAP in screening, or simply as a result of an answer to the question on an employment application "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?"
Realistically, many employers, whether it is legal for them to do so or not, do not call people in for an interview if the person has a criminal conviction.
Realistically, many landlords, whether it is legal for them to do so or not, do not call people in for an interview if the person has a criminal conviction.
I mentioned earlier that a drug possession conviction may keep a person from obtaining financial aid. Other convictions, though, may keep a person from being accepted to certain schools and programs, especially in the medical field.
Wisconsin has a few misdemeanor sex offenses including fourth-degree sexual assault, prostitution, and lewd and lascivious behavior. None of those currently require sex offender registration, in Wisconsin. However, a conviction for them may require such registration in other states. In addition, there is pressure on the legislature to add some of these to the crimes requiring registration. If the law is later changed, the change is likely to apply retroactively to earlier convictions.
Although compared to a Felony conviction, a misdemeanor conviction is "minor," in the life of a person, especially one without a prior criminal conviction, a conviction for a misdemeanor can be devastating. Anyone facing such a charge needs competent, experienced representation.
Charles Kyle Kenyon - When Experience Matters
Attorney at Law
5555 Odana Road, Suite 101
Madison, WI 53719-1281
Telephone (608) 276-9645
Former (Elected) District Attorney
Former Assistant State Public Defender
Extensive jury trial experience in cases ranging from traffic to sexual assault / homicide
Thousands of criminal cases since 1979
Appeals in Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Supreme Court
Trainer / presenter / panelist for American Bar Association, National College of District Attorneys, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Wisconsin Public Defender
Founding Director - Children's Law Section - State Bar of Wisconsin
Past-President: Marinette County Bar Association, Door-Kewaunee Bar Association
Life Member: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Member: Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)
Member: National College for DUI Defense
Member: State Bar of Wisconsin, Dane County Bar Association
Admitted to practice: State of Wisconsin, Federal - Eastern District of Wisconsin, Western District of Wisconsin, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Certified to administer roadside Field Sobriety Tests in Wisconsin
Kinds of charges Kenyon has handled include:
Other injury to persons
Theft and misappropriation
Peace and Order
Drunk Driving - OWI / DUI / DWI / BAC / PAC
Burglary and Trespass
Damage to Property
|This list is not complete but is given to give the reader some idea of the scope of my criminal law experience. I have represented juveniles as well as adults on most of these charges. CKK|
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