violent crimes Archives

Is a hate crime only due to racism?

Hate crimes are crimes that are born out of bigotry. These crimes are meant to intimidate or hurt someone because of his or her race, sexual orientation, disability, religion, ethnicity or national origin. Hate crimes are also known as bias crimes and can take place in many ways. Those who commit them may use explosives, vandalism and verbal or physical violence to intimidate, threaten or harm others.

Mental illness doesn't predispose individuals to violence

Gun violence is a dangerous thing. It takes lives, and it causes others to lose their freedoms. It's important to understand that violent crimes aren't always caused by the mentally ill. If and when they are, there's a real question as to how that should be handled.

Wisconsin politicians want to see more people go to prison

As someone accused of a crime, something you may worry about is ending up in prison. The prison population is growing too dense in Wisconsin, though, and that puts pressure on everyone, from those inside to those paying taxes to support them.

A good criminal defense strategy helps you defend yourself

If you're fighting allegations against you, it's a good idea to talk to your attorney about different criminal defense strategies. Criminal defense strategies come in a number of forms, but with the right defense, it's possible to have the case dismissed, to be found innocent or to obtain less serious penalties for charges you're convicted of.

Arson: Defend yourself with an official investigation's findings

Arson is defined as an intentional burning or attempted burning of a property, vehicle or other item, although arson isn't limited to personal property or buildings. Some arsonists take aim at churches, while others plot against schools or businesses.

Faulty analyses could be responsible for false imprisonments

Can you imagine what would happen if you discovered that your case was mishandled and that the experts testifying overstated the importance of evidence collected? It could be devastating and result in a conviction you don't deserve. That may have happened several times in the past. Consider this story of a man who is accused of a string of attacks that took place in Sault County in 1991.

Wisconsin senate passes new penalties for criminal acts

Wisconsin's senate has passed tougher penalties for crimes committed in the state. Now, minors convicted of crimes could end up in the troubled youth prison for longer, and those convicted of multiple crimes or who get in trouble while on parole could face harsher penalties.

What is voluntary manslaughter?

Voluntary manslaughter is an intentional killing. The person facing the charge must not have had any prior intent to face voluntary manslaughter allegations. If the individual did plan to kill someone, then it's more likely that he or she will face murder charges.

Caught with brass knuckles? Know your rights

Brass knuckles made a comeback in fashion in the 2000s, and many people were seen wearing them to make a statement. Plastic, metal and other styles of these weapons could be seen on earrings or necklaces, for example. Interestingly, brass knuckles are not legal. Also known as knuckle dusters, brass knuckles are an incredibly dangerous weapon.

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