Is that a Packer Working at the Courthouse?

Living in Green Bay for a majority of my life, I felt obligated to write this week’s post about the Packers. Most Packer fans would expect to see a player on the field during a game, practicing at the Don Hudson Center, or perhaps out in public. I, personally, would never expect to see a Packer player at the Brown County Courthouse… that is until I recently read an article about just that. This summer, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is interning for Brown County Circuit Court Judge Donald Zuidmulder. Ha Ha has to complete 180 hours of an unpaid internship to receive 6 credits towards completing his criminal justice degree from the University of Alabama. According to the article, Clinton-Dix has said that achieving this degree is not just for him, but for friends and family from his hometown of Orlando, Florida. While completing his internship with Judge Zuidmulder, Clinton-Dix will not be sporting his number 21 jersey or going by “Ha Ha”. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix. He’s Mr. Clinton-Dix. (And) he’ll have a dress code,” said Judge Zuidmulder. The internship will provide Clinton-Dix with insights into the facets of the criminal justice system including the county courts, drug treatment courts, juvenile courts, the district attorney’s office and the sheriff’s department. Next time I head to the courthouse, I definitely will be keeping an eye out for this Packer player.

 

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Strange Laws, Wisconsin!

This week I looked into some strange and interesting laws and ordinances in the State of Wisconsin.

  • Margarine is illegal?

 

No, I did not mean to type marijuana, I really did mean margarine. According to Wisconsin Statute 97.18. Section 97.18(4), “”The serving of colored oleomargarine or margarine at a public eating place as a substitute for table butter is prohibited unless it is ordered by the customer.” Additionally, Section 97.18(5) states that “The serving of oleomargarine or margarine to students, patients or inmates of any state institutions as a substitute for table butter is prohibited, except that such substitution may be ordered by the institution superintendent when necessary for the health of a specific patient or inmate, if directed by the physician in charge of the patient or inmate.” So, what exactly does this mean if you violate these laws? In Section 97.18(6), a person who violates this law may be fined up to $500 and spend 3 months imprisoned. For every subsequent offense, the individual can be fined up to $1,000 and imprisoned for up to a year. And to think, all this because of butter!

  • Sorry kids, no more snowball fights

 

Growing up with Wisconsin winters, I have always enjoyed a good snowball fight with my friends. I think many people who grew up with snow can look back to and remember snowball fights. In Wausau, Wisconsin, children can say goodbye to winter snowball fights. Wausau Ordinance Section 9.08.020 prohibits the throwing of snowballs at any other person, or at, in, or into any building, street, sidewalk, alley, highway, park, playground or other public place within the city. The full ordinance states “No person shall throw or shoot any object, arrow, stone, snowball or other missile or projectile, by hand or by any other means, at any other person or at, in or into any building, street, sidewalk, alley, highway, park, playground or other public place within the city. This subsection shall not apply to archery ranges under the supervision of the park and recreation committee, nor shall it apply to the bow hunting provisions within 9.08.010. (Ord. 61-5371 ‘ 1, 2008, File No. 93-0835; Ord. 61-5339 ‘2, 2007, File No. 07-0718; Prior code ‘11.01(2).)” Yes, you are correct in reading that snowballs have been categorized into the same group as, arrows, stones, and missiles. Now, I get that sometimes ice can be inside a snowball that could cause injury, but banning all throwing of snowballs leaves me a bit puzzled. I wonder how this ordinance came into effect.

  • Time for you to “moove” over.

 

Being America’s Dairyland, Wisconsin sure does have its fair share of cattle. Many of us will pass farms splattered across the State with cows, horses and the occasional goat or alpaca. What happens if you encounter some livestock being driven over or along your journey? Wisconsin Statute 346.21 states that the operator of the motor vehicle must yield. Hopefully you don’t run into a large herd of cattle crossing the road, or you are in for a long wait.

  • Green, Green Grass

 

Let’s imagine that it is the middle of summer: the sun has just begun to rise, and your automatic sprinklers have popped out of the ground to spray your luscious green lawn; inside you are finishing your morning coffee before heading out the door to the office; and, the next thing you know there is a knock on your door. It’s the police and they are saying you just violated a city ordinance for watering your lawn so early. This could be the case if you live in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Sheboygan Ordinance Sec. 70-153 states that “No persons shall, with purpose or intent, sprinkle their property in any manner to the distress or annoyance of others.” Although you may not have started watering your grass with the intent of annoying others, it may end up causing you some trouble.

  • No more bugs.

 

Summertime brings beautiful weather, barbeques, picnics, days on the water and much more… It also brings out the bugs. If you live in Hudson, Wisconsin, you don’t have to worry about bugs, at least in your house. Hudson City Code Section 140-8(C) is all about preventing bugs from entering your dwelling. The code states “Screen requirements. From May 1 to October 1, in every dwelling unit, for protection against mosquitoes, flies and other insects, every door opening directly from a dwelling unit to outdoor space shall have supplied and installed screens and a self-closing device, and every window or other device with openings to outdoor space used or intended to be used for ventilation shall likewise be supplied with screens installed.” This law sure helps keep those pesky flies out of the home.

  • No more dogs or cats.

 

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a love of animals. I personally love my family’s dog. My mother likes to take her everywhere she goes. When she goes to visit a friend, the dog goes with. A trip to get groceries? The dog is in tow. Well a city ordinance in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, prevents bringing your dog or cat to one specific location. Sun Prairie Ordinance Code 6.04.080 states “No dog or cat shall be permitted in any public cemetery. Every dog specially trained to lead blind persons shall be exempt from this section.” Personally, I think that this ordinance should be changed. I understand that dogs or cats make have an “accident” in the cemetery, but when a pet truly loves its owner, I believe they should be able to visit them if they have passed. For example, a serviceman’s dog visiting their grave with the family. As long as the animal is well-behaved and the owner is willing to pick-up after it.

Have you heard of any strange laws and want to add to these? Comment on this post and we’ll update it!

 

 

 

What the Overcrowding of Jails Could Mean for You

The Brown County Jail is currently facing the issue of overcrowding. Today, the Brown County Jail sits roughly at 92% capacity and that is even with 40 inmates being sent to other facilities to be housed. This means that if you are arrested, you may be shipped to a county farther away from home. This would make it harder for loved ones to visit you in jail, having to deal with being constantly being transported from another county for all Court hearings, and finally if you have an attorney, it can make it more difficult for them to both visit you and get in contact with you to discuss your case. Hiring an attorney privately can greatly impact how your case is handled. Instead of spending time in jail, your attorney may be able to discuss alternative options with you.

The county currently offers three different specialty courts to individuals who have been arrested. The first is Veteran’s Court which is offered to those who served in the armed forces. This court helps to reduce individuals from reoffending, decrease substance abuse, improve family relations and increase support for mental health services. The second specialty court that the county offers is Drug Court. This court was designed to deal with individuals who have become dependent on drugs and alcohol. Drug Court was developed based on a program that first started in Miami, Florida in 1989. Since then, more than 2,300 similar programs are offered nationwide. The foundation of Drug Court is the link between the criminal justice system and the drug treatment community. Drug Court creates a non-adversarial courtroom atmosphere to try and break the symbiotic relationship of drug and alcohol abuse and criminal behavior. Drug Court fosters a positive atmosphere with applause, encouragement and individuals are even given fortune cookies for successfully complying with the program. Drug Court also includes a specialty Court for Heroin/Opiate users. Heroin use has been on the rise in both Wisconsin and nationally. These Courts work to turn offenders into contributing members of society instead of sending them to be incarcerated. The final specialty court offered is Mental Health Court. Mental Health Court helps individuals that suffer from mental illness avoid being incarcerated. The Court focuses on managing the offender’s mental health. Besides the specialty courts, Brown County offers electronic monitoring programs. Instead of the offender being sent to jail, they can still reside at home and continue to work. The offender is placed on an electronic bracelet that is monitored by the Department of Corrections. In some cases, offenders are given a SCRAM bracelet which also monitors alcohol intake. At Adolph Legal, we will work with you to develop a legal strategy that benefits you. If you are facing criminal charges, please feel free to contact us at (920) 634-2212 or at office@adolphlegal.com

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s almost that time of year! Many will sit down to enjoy some corned beef and cabbage or perhaps a shepherd’s pie served with some Irish soda bread. Of course, all the fare likely washed down with a cold pint of Guinness. Yes, I am talking about St. Patrick’s Day. Imagine this, you have just been out with your friends at the local bar having some Irish car bombs and a few green beers; after spending some time with great company, you make the decision to call it a night. You say goodbye to your friends and get in your car to drive home. As you begin your drive, you think that you are sober enough to drive because you had some water before you left the bar. You are almost home, when you notice red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. An officer approaches your vehicle and asks if you’ve been drinking. You cooperate with the officer and after the interaction, it is determined that you are over the legal limit for blood alcohol content.

What happens now? Being pulled over and being charged with an OWI can be a scary thing. The penalties can be overwhelming and life changing. The Wisconsin Legislature has continually increased the penalties for operating under the influence. The impact on your life can result in the loss of your freedom, loss of your job, loss of your license, and loss of money. Hiring a lawyer to help you through the legal process is a crucial decision. At Adolph Legal, we will work with you to develop a legal strategy that benefits you. If you decide to celebrate the holiday with a few drinks, please be safe and designate a sober driver! If you are facing an OWI charge or any other drunk driving related charges please feel to contact Adolph Legal. We can be reached by phone at (920) 634-2212 or you can email office@adolphlegal.com.

A Taste of Wine and Cheese

On February 10, 2017, the Adolph Legal team was able to attend the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay’s A Taste of Wine & Cheese 2017. Held at the KI Convention Center, the team enjoyed an assortment of hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, listened to live entertainment, participated in a variety of raffles and took part in the vast silent auction. The event raised funds to benefit the children and programs of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay. We were able to contribute almost $2,000.00 to this great organization. The Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay provides a protective environment for children to thrive. An average of 750 children a day are provided lifetime opportunities at the Club’s facilities.  Adolph Legal is proud to be a supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay.

Attorney Aspenson, Attorney Adolph, Kelsey, and Sovann

 

This year, Adolph Legal is also proud to announce that it has become a Bronze Sponsor of the Gather for Good event supporting the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The event will a fun night of dueling pianos, an auction supporting the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and moving patient stories. For the past 24 years, the Gather for Good event has raised more than $1.5 million dollars to support the patient care programs that families of northeast Wisconsin use. The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is a Level I Children’s Surgery Center and the highest rated pediatric surgical center in Wisconsin. Their mission is driven through care, advocacy, research and education or C.A.R.E. It is through C.A.R.E. that they hope to achieve their vision of having Wisconsin kids be the healthiest in the nation. Adolph Legal is honored and delighted to be a sponsor of this event.

In addition to attending various charity events, Adolph Legal is giving back in other ways. On February 11, 2017, Attorney Jake Aspenson judged the 2017 High School Mock Trial Regional Tournament. At mock trial, students are given the opportunity to analyze and prepare a case, present a witness, argue their assigned role and receive input and feedback from attorneys and judges. The material used is produced by Wisconsin attorneys. The tournament also allows students to learn an improved understanding of the court system. Attorney Tara Adolph has previously been a judge of this tournament for the past 3 years.

Our firm will remain committed to supporting and giving back to the community. We plan on attending the Golden House’s Show of Strength, going to the 34th Annual St. Matthew Men’s Club Charity Wild Game Feed dinner, participating in the St. Paul Lutheran Church and School Annual Auction, volunteering with the Green Bay Miracle League and attending Heritage Hill’s Hops on the Hill. The future holds many wonderful opportunities and possibilities. If you or your organization is in need of support, please contact us via e-mail at office@adolphlegal.com. We will sponsor sports teams, events, provide items for charity auctions, and are open to other forms of support. Contact us today!

For more information regarding these events and organizations, check out the following links:

http://www.bgcgb.org/a-taste-of-wine-cheese/

http://www.chw.org/giving-and-volunteers/events-supporting-chw/gather-for-good/

http://www.showofstrengthgb.com/

http://www.stmattsgb.org/

http://www.stpaullux.org/

http://heritagehillgb.org/

http://www.greenbaymiracleleague.com/

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