BUSINESS ATTORNEYS - WISCONSIN
Clients often ask us for a recommendation to a business or contracts
attorney to help them form a business, transfer business ownership,
bring a new partner into the business, or other matters pertaining
to business law, contracts and real estate.
As well, clients have asked us for a referral to an intellectual
property attorney or patent attorney for prosecution of a patent.
And in some instances, we are asked for referrals to criminal
defense lawyers. Often times, it was the third drink at the
after-hours cocktail party that ended in the subsequent ticket and
the ensuring problem. When a business owner receives a ticket, it
can have a tremendous impact on his or her business. In some circumstances,
the drunken driving incident is reported on a public website, as
is the situation in Wisconsin. (To view your public record, access
Circuit Court Access Program, often called C-Cap, for short,
where you can view your public records). If it is a fifth or subsequent
drunk driving ticket, it is a felony offense in Wisconsin. In some
instances, drunk driving fines in other states count towards the
Wisconsin violation, while in other situations they do not - that
is matter that needs to be discussed with your criminal defense
lawyer For the purpose of this discussion, it is the felony that
is critical. When a business owner applies to a bank for a loan,
the bank may ask if the entrepreneur, business owner, or manager
- in the case of an LLC - has ever been convicted of a felony; often
times, the loan will not be granted if the owner or manager or officer
of the company has a felony conviction on his or her record. In
some situations, such as a national defense contract, a misdemeanor
can be disqualifying.
In situations where a parent intends to bring a child into the
business, and the child makes a mistake while in college and that
mistake results in a drunk driving violation, it can affect the
child's ability to obtain financing, as well as passage into other
areas of the business world.
In Wisconsin, a drunk driving offense is called "Operating
While Intoxicated" or "Operation While (under the) Influence",
with the acronym OWI. In other states, such as Illinois or Michigan,
the same offense is called a DUI - Driving Under the Influence -
or DWI - Driving While Intoxicated.
In addition to those firms that we can recommend on this site because
we have worked with them in the past as a client, if you are seeking
another firm, you may want to refer to our "search"
discussion for tips on how to find a criminal
defense lawyer in your area.