Don’t Let Alternative Facts on Social Media Cause Agitation

As a lawyer, I am often asked about my political affiliations, opinions and beliefs. My answer usually stays the same, “I try not get involved in politics.” I, like everyone else, have my opinions and beliefs regarding political issues, but choose to not argue with others regarding the same. That being said, I am of the opinion that it is our duty as Americans to be informed. This informed natures is what is to guide us in our privilege to vote, understand laws and help our country grow through diversity. With all of the recent changes in the American political climate, it is vital that we are an accurately informed population. This is true regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, political affiliation or class.

The problem is that technology has made information widely available and more often than not, the information we receive is inaccurate in some way, shape or form. In fact a recent study (more information here: http://www.middaydaily.com/social-media-can-make-users-small-minded/26861/), found that social media narrows our view of the world and allows people to consume and distribute unverified or unverifiable information. We are all aware of the convenience of searching for information on the internet and finding it with the click of a button, which is a wonderful thing. The downfall is that most people do not go past the first click to delve deeper into the source of the information. Social media has become the most popular way for people to communicate. The hope with social media is that users will keep an open mind and share only facts, but social media has the opposite effect – users actually become more eager to share facts based on personal beliefs rather than verified information. The scientist behind the study, Alessandro Bessi, has concluded that users of social media are under the influence of confirmation bias when making posts, tweets, etc. Confirmation bias is the idea of seeking only those facts that prove your pre-existing beliefs. The end result is that people systematically dismiss any and all information that does not confirm their beliefs, even if the truth is available.

To me, this disconnect has become more and more obvious and relevant. Americans are becoming increasingly divided and hostile towards each other with each passing day. These fissures are not the type that will be fixed overnight or maybe even ever. I encourage everyone to take the extra time to verify the accuracy of the information you are receiving or sharing before allowing it to fuel discontent, animosity or hatred. We spend our entire lives interacting with others and it does not benefit anyone to ostracize people, especially based on false information.

On a separate note, you may have noticed that our blog has been more active recently. If you follow us, you will see a new blog post each week posted by our various staff members. Our posts may contain opinions. These opinions are those of our specific authors and may not necessarily reflect the view of Adolph Legal. Please be assured that we are dedicated to offering our clients thorough and effective representation. If there is a specific topic you would like us to address or would like to read more posts by specific staff members, please let us know via e-mail at office@adolphlegal.com.

Road Construction and Cell Phones

There always seems to be road construction in Wisconsin (even in winter!). As of October 1, 2016, drivers are prohibited from using hand-held mobile devices in work zones across the state. The law was put into place in effort to reduce the nearly 10,000 crashes in Wisconsin work zones that occurred between 2011 and 2015. Of the 10,000 crashes, 47 resulted in a death and 3,600 individuals had injuries. Bluetooth and hands-fee devices will be the exception to this new law and will be allowed to be used in work zones. Similarly, drivers will be allowed to use hand-held devices in work zones if they are calling 911. Penalties of violating this law start with a $40.00 fine and following fines of $100.00. If you find yourself in a situation that involves a law violation, contact Adolph Legal to discuss how to minimize the impact and develop a strategy for your case. We can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in person at 1545 Sixth Street, Suite 101, Green Bay, Wisconsin, or by phone anytime at (920) 634-2212.

 

You can find more information regarding the work zone law here: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/crime-and-courts/no-hand-held-phones-in-work-zones-law-starts-saturday/article_947f33b2-02f0-591d-99fa-3d344fc7231e.html

 

Charity and Volunteering

At Adolph Legal, we are dedicated to giving back to our local communities.  In 2016, we had the opportunity to volunteer and give to some wonderful organizations including: the Miracle League of Green Bay, the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay, St. Matt’s, St. Jude Children’s Research Center, Heritage Hill, and others.   In 2017, we are committed to continue showing our support to our community.  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!

Divorce with Children – Resources

Divorce ChildAt Adolph Legal, we help many clients who have minor children navigate the complicated divorce process.  Divorce can be messy, and all too often children are placed in the middle of the dispute.  The role of a Guardian ad Litem is to advise the Court as to what is in the best interest of the child/children. This is one of the paramount concerns in a divorce with minor children.  There are many free resources for parents who are going through a divorce.  If you are going through a divorce or have marital problems, check out these websites for helpful tips and tools to keep the children as the focus:

http://www.uptoparents.org/default.aspx

http://focusonkids.missouri.edu/resources.html

http://kidsturn.org/kt/

http://divorceandchildren.com

If you are in need of legal assistance with a divorce or custody and placement dispute, you can contact Adolph Legal at (920) 634-2212 and we would be happy to assist you.

Adolph Legal Welcomes a New Associate Attorney

Hello! My name is Jake Aspenson. I am the newest associate at Adolph Legal, and thrilled to be a part of this firm. I am committed to treating each client as an individual who is entitled to honest and thorough legal counsel.

I was raised in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. I was taught blue-collar values and the importance of having a good work ethic. Not straying far from home, I attended University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where I graduated with honors and a received a bachelor’s degree in communication.

After graduating from UWGB, I worked with at-risk children in the Green Bay area. It was this experience that made me realize that it was my calling to advocate for people who couldn’t advocate for themselves.

That is when I decided to attend law school. I attended Western Michigan, Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. My favorite part of law school was interning at the Brown County District Attorney’s Office, where I gained invaluable experience and created lasting relationships with other legal professionals in this area.

When I am not fighting the good fight, I am probably watching a copious amount of football and cheering on the team we all know and love.

I couldn’t be more excited to be where I am at, and want nothing more than to make sure Adolph Legal’s clients have the best possible legal representation.

 

Attorney at Law,

Jake Aspenson

Associate Attorney Jake Aspenson

Increased OWI Penalties

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Governor Scott Walker signed a bill in April of 2016 that increased the penalties for drunk driving offenses.  A fourth offense OWI in Wisconsin could previously be considered a misdemeanor, but under the new bill these offenses are now automatically felonies.  The law also increased confinement penalties for all offenses subsequent to the fourth offense.  The belief is that the new law will help to reduce the 24,000 drunken driving offenses and a 162 alcohol-related traffic fatalities that were reported in 2014.  With harsher penalties coming, it is vital to have an attorney represent you on any and all OWI offenses.  If you are facing a drunk driving offense, please contact us immediately at (920) 634-2212 to see what Adolph Legal can do for you.

 

For more information regarding the new law, check out these links:

Governor Walker signs bill that will make fourth offense drunk driving a felony

http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/related/proposals/sb455

 

Drunk Wisconsin

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Wisconsin has claimed 11 out of the top 20 drunkest cities in America. Four of the Wisconsin cities are considered in the top five drunkest cities in America based on recent surveys. Three of those cities are in Northeast Wisconsin. Appleton, Wisconsin is number one, followed by Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Green Bay, Wisconsin and Madison, Wisconsin. La Crosse, Fond du Lac, Wausau, Sheboygan, Racine, Janesville and Milwaukee also represented Wisconsin in the top twenty. The study has been released following the signing of a bill that increases OWI penalties in Wisconsin. 25.6% of adults in Green Bay are considered to be unhealthy drinkers and almost half of fatal car crashes involve alcohol. This is not the first study to indicate that Wisconsin is the drunkest state. With the consistent result of the studies over the past decade, it is highly likely that there will be increased police presence investigating drunk driving across the State. These studies may also lead to continued increased penalties for drunk driving. The legal limit in Wisconsin is .08. If you’ve been drinking, it is best to find an alternative transportation method. Most OWI offenses contain mandatory minimal jail sentences and have wide-reaching impact on people’s lives. If you find yourself in a situation that involves drunk driving, contact Adolph Legal to discuss how to minimize the impact and develop a strategy for your case. We can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in person at 1545 Sixth Street, Suite 101, Green Bay, Wisconsin, or by phone anytime at (920) 634-2212.

 

WBAY has more details about the study here: http://wbay.com/2016/05/17/drunkest-cities-in-america-appleton-oshkosh-green-bay-says-new-report/

First Offense OWI Law Changes

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Recently, a bill signed by Governor Scott Walker, took effect in Wisconsin. Under the bill, individuals stopped for first offense drunk driving will no longer be able to refuse having their blood drawn to determine blood alcohol content without further penalty. Police are now able to ask judges for search warrants in order to obtain a blood sample from the first offense drunk drivers. Previously law enforcement officials could only obtain a search warrant on second or consequent offenses. The bill has sparked much debate between defense attorneys and lawmakers. Defense attorneys argue that search warrants are meant to be used for crimes and require probable cause. First offense OWIs are not considered a crime. Many attorneys are arguing that this opens the door for police officers to obtain warrants easier without probable cause. Lawmakers on the other hand are arguing that this is the closing of a “loophole” in the previous OWI protocol. If you find yourself facing OWI charges, feel free to call Attorney Tara Adolph at (920) 634-2212 to schedule an initial consultation.

For more information regarding the changes: http://wbay.com/2016/02/29/governor-signs-bill-changes-first-offense-drunk-driving-law-in-wi/

Super Lawyers – Rising Star

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Attorney Tara Adolph has been selected to the 2015 Wisconsin Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com. To view Attorney Tara Adolph’s profile please visit the Super Lawyers website.

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Ratings and Reviews

The National Trial Lawyers Association Top 40 Badge
10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction 2015-2018
Lawyers of Distinction 2018 Badge