Wisconsin Records Sites Adds CAPTCHA

Most people aren’t familiar with the term CAPTCHA, but almost everyone who’s ever used the Internet has had to deal with a CAPTCHA. Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart is the expanded form of CAPTCHA.

These frustrating devices are the scam protecting tests we all have to pass in order to buy something or create an account on the Internet. Typically the test involves typing a swirled and distorted group of numbers and letters.

Unfortunately, a CAPTCHA will soon be added to one of Wisconsin’s most used records websites, CCAP. This new security measure is being put in place to stop scammers from charging people to remove information from their public record.

The scammers use automatic data mining software to collect people’s public records from the site. They then contact the people claiming they could remove unwanted information, such as criminal offenses, from their public records. In reality the scammers had no intention of cleaning records and did not have the authority to do so anyways.

This scam was happening so much the Department of Justice was asked to step in and investigate.

Wisconsin courts do not accept any payments to remove public records. Although the CAPTCHA is somewhat annoying, it should put a stop to this scam.

If you need help expunging or sealing your records call the lawyers at Huppertz & Powers. Having a clean record is vitally important when applying for a job, loan or school so don’t risk it by using an unqualified online service.

Facing a No-Contact Order in Wisconsin?


When an individual receives a no-contact order in Wisconsin, he or she isn’t allowed any form of contact with another person—usually the alleged victim, a witness to the incident or loved ones of those people. No-contact orders are typically the condition of a bond or bail, and they aren’t the same thing as a restraining order.

If you’ve been issued a no-contact order, that means no contact directly or indirectly, even if the other person initiates it. If you live with that person, you’ll unfortunately have to make other living arrangements throughout the duration of your no-contact order.

Like a restraining order, you’re forbidden from calling that individual, emailing, texting, contacting via social media or anything of the like. But you will also violate the order if you use a third party to contact that individual or if you leave a message somewhere he or she will see it.

While typically a court will order absolutely no contact, there are certain exceptions where it’s permissible—especially in cases where custody is in question. In those situations, the court will include verbiage that specifies the exact situation or location you can have contact with that individual and the stipulations involved.

If you deviate from the terms of your no-contact order, knowingly or by accident, then you will be considered Bail Jumping, one count for even the most minor form of contact. The consequences for violation depend on your original sentence, but could result in an additional misdemeanor or felony charge that’s hard to defend since you were explained the terms of your no-contact order and the repercussions up front and agreed on them. It could also mean you lose any bond money that was posted and additional jail time with an even bigger bail amount. This violation will also likely altar the terms of your original plea bargain, unfortunately, and not in your favor.

An experienced Wisconsin Criminal Defense Attorney can help if you’re facing charges that include a no-contact order in Wisconsin. From arranging to retrieve your belongings to helping you understand the terms of your bond and the possible repercussions, the team of Huppertz & Powers, S.C., will guide you every step of the way. Contact us to schedule your 100% free initial consultation today.

New Data Reveals High Rate of Substance Abuse Crimes in Wisconsin

Federal health officials recently released the results of their studies on substance abuse in 2014. These are some of the statistics they uncovered about American citizens:

  • Around 53% of Americans 12 and older use alcohol
  • Over 10% use illegal drugs
  • More than 21 million are dependent or impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Over 139 million Americans drank alcohol, of which 10% admitted heavy usage and approximately 1/3 binge drank
  • 6 million report disorders related to substance abuse
  • Around 22 million used marijuana, and 4.3 million used prescription painkillers recreationally in 2014

In addition to these nationwide statistics, last year’s study also revealed that Wisconsin has one of the highest drug and alcohol abuse rates in America. And among those who admit they drink and drive or binge drink, the highest number of them live in Wisconsin. Alarmingly, the number of drug-related deaths has almost doubled in the last ten years.

With these figures, it’s no surprise the substance abuse-related arrests have also climbed in Wisconsin—almost three times the average of other states. From OWI arrests to drug possession, these charges can have serious consequences in every aspect of your life.

If you’ve been arrested for substance abuse crimes in Wisconsin, the Waukesha attorneys at Huppertz & Powers, S.C., will fight for the best outcome to protect your future.

You can schedule a free consultation by calling 262-549-5979, filling out our criminal defense intake form, or by sending us an email.

Laws Aim to Prevent Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in Wisconsin

Unfortunately, the number of prescription painkiller overdoses in Wisconsin (such as hydrocodone and oxycodone), even surpassing the number of deaths related to street drugs. And many of these deaths could have been prevented had witnesses not feared for the legal ramifications their own drug abuse would have warranted.

The State of Wisconsin is taking measures to improve this statistic by offering immunity for individuals who help overdose victims. How does this work? Wisconsin residents who contact emergency medical services or law enforcement officials, or those who physically take an overdose victim to a healthcare facility for treatment cannot be prosecuted for their own drug abuse – they are immune.

There is one exception, however; if the “Good Samaritan” is found trafficking drugs, he or she will not be immune. These laws don’t apply when drug trafficking is involved.

Civil immunity is also granted for emergency responders who administer naloxone before a victim arrives at a healthcare facility. Individuals must be trained to give an overdose victim this “antidote”, but when administered correctly, naloxone can save a person’s life by counteracting the effects of opiate drugs.

The intent of this legislation is to prevent senseless deaths by encouraging witnesses to help overdose victims instead of being hesitant because of their own abuse of controlled substances or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Immunity laws vary based on whether an individual has been dealt with a criminal or civil charge. At Huppertz & Powers, our experienced Waukesha Criminal Defense Attorneys can provide the best insight and confidence you need to build the strongest case possible. Contact us today to schedule your 100% free and confidential first meeting.

Wisconsin Sentence Reduction: File a Motion or Appeal?

When an individual is sentenced to time in prison, it’s only natural to explore every option that will get his or her sentence reduced. In Wisconsin, the two options are to file an appeal or to exercise Wisconsin Statute 973.19(1)(a) and request a sentence modification.

The latter option, Wis. Stat.§ 973.19(1)(a), can be much quicker than a full appeal, but comes with its price. Once an individual files this motion, he or she loses the opportunity for a full, in-depth appeal of the court’s decision.

According to the statute, this motion for a sentence reduction can only be made within 90 days of original sentence/order and if that person has not ordered case transcripts. Because it doesn’t require nearly the same amount of detail as an appeal, it will likely yield a faster decision, which makes it an attractive option for many.

However, an appeal provides the option to challenge other issues with the court’s decision in addition to the length of the sentence – an opportunity that is lost with the motion in Wis. Stat.§ 973.19(1)(a). For this reason, we recommend filing this motion only in cases where it’s only the severity of the sentence is in question, not its validity.

The attorneys of Huppertz & Powers, S.C. can help you build the strongest case possible if you’re facing criminal charges in southeastern Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Racine, West Bend, Brookfield, Oconomowoc, Delafield, Juneau, Port Washington and Elkhorn.

Call us today to schedule a 100% free and confidential initial meeting: 262-549-5979. You can also fill out our online contact form for a prompt response.

In an online world full of click-bait, it’s easy for curiosity to lead people to unwanted places. You could open an email or visit a web page that may seem innocent, but is actually linked to child pornography.

While it may seem like a simple solution to delete the unwanted files from your computer, the damage may already be done. Even if you did not see the images before closing your browser, it may have left an impression trackable by companies on the lookout for suspicious and illegal activities.

Though it’s possible for technology-savvy individuals to disguise web searches, investigators are becoming aware of these methods and getting around them, including activity and information stored in the “Deep Web.”

Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are just a few of the companies that have designed software to match and identify pornographic images with those downloaded by users. And they are obligated to report these findings, so accidentally downloading child pornography can lead to charges of possession or worse.

In Wisconsin Child Pornography cases, it’s important to have a knowledgeable lawyer on your side to help prove there’s no criminal intent in your case if you accessed or possessed images unknowingly.

Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation and discuss your case with one of our expert Milwaukee Internet Crimes and Child Pornography Attorneys.

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