Richard Poulson



 
 

Richard Poulson
4745 West Forest Home Avenue
Greenfield ,WI 53219


About Us

Criminal Law
Domestic Violence
Drug Charges
DUI/DWI
Murder
Sex Offenses


My name is Richard Poulson, and I founded this firm on a commitment to set the standard for criminal and sex law defense in Milwaukee and surrounding areas. When you need an experienced attorney to make sure that your rights are protected, no one will fight more aggressively on your behalf than me.

With 36 years of experience trying in 200 jury trials, I have the tools to get results and secure your justice. My firm has an extensive and intricate understanding of legal procedures, from DUIs to traffic violations to sex and drug crimes.

When you need to be sure that you are getting the very best legal representation, and not some fly-by-night attorney who is only interested in settling your case as soon as possible, trust the experts at the Law Office of Richard Poulson to do everything in their power to get the best possible ruling on your case.

To find out about our flexible and affordable payment options or to receive a free consultation, please contact us today.

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Domestic violence is the physical harm of a person inflicted upon them by a member of the same household or family. Domestic violence usually occurs between spouses in which it is called spousal abuse.

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Assault/Battery

Assault or battery is when a person either tries to or does bodily harm to another. The threat of bodily harm can also be considered assault or battery.

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Drug Crimes

 

Wisconsin and the federal government have laws against unlawful use, possession, distribution or production of certain drugs. These include cocaine, heroin, marijuana and amphetamines. The laws aim to reduce illegal drug use and cut down on drug-related crimes. There are five categories, or "schedules," of drugs based on their potential for dependency and abuse as compared with their therapeutic value. Schedule I controlled substances have the highest potential for dependency and no accepted medical use. Schedule V drugs have a low potential for dependency and accepted medical uses. The most severe penalties for illegal possession, sale or manufacture of drugs involve those listed in Schedule I. The Attorney General has the authority to delete, add or reschedule drugs. State schedules refer to or are based on federal schedules.

Punishment

The punishment for drug crimes in Wisconsin generally depends on:

  • The quantity of the drug
  • Its classification under the schedules
  • The purpose of possession

The most serious drug crimes are:

  • Producing illegal drugs
  • Manufacturing drugs
  • Selling drugs

Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute them is a serious crime. Prosecutors can prove your intent to distribute drugs just by showing the quantity of the drug, without any evidence you actually distributed the drug.

In most states, possession of drugs for personal use is a serious crime. But in some states, possession of drugs for personal use is punished less severely than distribution crimes. For example, in some states, possession of a small amount of marijuana (less than 50 grams) is decriminalized or treated as a disorderly person's offense. If there's a conviction, the punishment is often probation or a fine, and not prison. However, possessing larger amounts of illegal drugs, even for personal use, may be a serious crime.

Most minimum sentences range from one year in jail to three years in prison for first-time offenders. The minimum sentences for repeat offenders? Three to 12 years in prison

Enhanced Punishment

Some states have enhanced penalties for drug crimes. These apply if:

  • Minors are used to distribute the drugs
  • The drugs are delivered or sold to minors
  • The drugs are sold or distributed near schools

Enhanced punishments vary by state. You may also be in danger of "forfeiting" your property if you're convicted of a drug crime. For example, if your house is used to make and distribute drugs, the government may be able to seize it.

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Do You Need a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Lawyer?

Every state has some sort of “drunk driving” statute. The term “drunk driving” is in quotes because none of these laws require that you be “drunk” or “intoxicated” to be guilty. All that is required is that your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired to any extent at all or that your Blood alcohol level exceeds the state limit (which is now .08% in all states). Some states call it DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), but it refers to the same offense. The consequences of DUI differ drastically from state to state and are influenced by your age, blood alcohol limit (BAC), whether you have been arrested for DUI in the past, and whether you caused injury or death during the DUI.

A DUI Lawyer can help...

Assess your legal situation:
An experienced DUI Defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. A DUI lawyer mostly deals with DUI matters and knows the process inside and out – including options that a public defender may not tell you. In addition, we offer a free consultation – which may be worthwhile if you don’t understand the process.

Explain the consequences:
The consequences of a DUI vary greatly from state to state and a DUI lawyer will be able to explain how those consequences in Wisconsin apply to you such as (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for DUI, (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and Wisconsin's Motor Vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license, and (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.

Manage the process:
Dealing with Wisconsin's motor vehicle department can be frustrating and time consuming. A DUI Lawyer can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.

Represent you in court. An experienced DUI Lawyer knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and Wisconsin law allow for it.

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The taking of another life is considered one of the most serious situations in Greenfield. The killing of one human being by another is called a homicide. Some homicides may be intentional and others may be accidental. Not all homicides are against the law in Wisconsin. For example, a person threatened with death by a criminal may have the legal right to use self-defense, even if it results in the death of the criminal.

Murder is the unlawful taking of another life. It's usually the result of an intentional act for the purpose of causing death or an act that shows a depraved indifference to human life. Because of the bad intent on the part of the criminal, the state of Wisconsin has chosen to give the harshest punishments to criminals that commit murder. This may be a long prison sentence or even death.

Note: Felony murder is a common form of murder. A felony murder is when a person is killed during the commission of a felony. A felony is a serious crime that's usually punishable by more than one year in prison. There are certain key differences between felony murder and most other forms of murder

Manslaughter is the unlawful taking of another life under circumstances that make the criminal less culpable than someone who commits murder. A criminal who's found guilty of manslaughter will usually receive a lesser punishment than if he was found guilty of murder. Manslaughter is usually divided into two types, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter

Voluntary manslaughter is the taking of another life with the intent to kill or cause serious physical injury. This type of manslaughter is very similar to murder. However, there are circumstances that make the killing a lesser crime than murder.

Involuntary manslaughter is the unintentional killing of another person. The death is usually caused by some careless action on the part of the accused. Involuntary manslaughter is considered a lesser form of manslaughter because of the lack of intent. Therefore, the punishment is usually less than murder or voluntary manslaughter.

Note:Vehicular manslaughter is the unintentional killing of another due to negligence while driving. States differ as to whether this is a separate type of manslaughter or one under the category of involuntary manslaughter. Most states treat this crime as a lesser form of manslaughter.

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Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault is the unwanted or offensive touching of an individual in a sexual way. Crimes can range from groping to attempted rape.

Rape

Rape refers to non-consensual sexual intercourse that is committed by physical force or threat of injury. Rape can also be committed when there is a lack of consent such as if the victim is affected by drugs or alcohol. Another variation of rape, statutory rape, is unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

Registration

By law, each state is required to keep a register of sex offenders. The FBI provides a national database of sex offenders names and addresses as they are released from prison. This database makes it easier for the authorities to keep an eye on the movements of sex offenders. Depending on the severity of an offenders crime they may require heightened registration.

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