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Robert S. Duxstad
Daniel P. Bestul
Lance A. McNaughton

You Have the Right to Remain Silent and You Should Probably Exercise It

Posted: 7.25.2017

The right of a person to not be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself or herself has a long history in our justice system. Its origins are unclear but it dates back to at least the 15th and 16th centuries. In the American justice system, it serves to protect defendants from choosing between testifying against themselves or lying, which can lead to several other crimes bein  ...Read More

Charges Dismissed

Posted: 3.20.2017

In a recent case, Bob Duxstad’s client was charged with intention to deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a drug trafficking place as a party to a crime. Undercover officers had conducted two controlled marijuana purchases from the Defendant’s wife and then subsequently obtained a search warrant for the premises. During the search the law enforcement officers found   ...Read More

Dynamic Drunk Driving Defense Seminar

Posted: 10.27.2015

In September, Bob Duxstad attended a two day Dynamic Drunk Driving Defense Seminar sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“WACDL”). This intensive program on the defense of persons charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence included segments relating to proper blood draws, the science of gas chromatography, defense of driving under the influence of  ...Read More

“The Judge” Teaches the Importance of Local Counsel

Posted: 11.12.2014

Recently my wife and I watched the movie, The Judge, starring Robert Downey, Jr., and Robert Duvall. In the movie, Duvall is a local judge in a rural Indiana County, very similar to Green or Lafayette County. Downey plays his estranged son who had left home and became a big city defense lawyer. The judge is accused of being in a hit and run accident with a drunk person riding a bicycle at night cau  ...Read More

First Ten Days Critical in Drunk Driving Cases

Posted: 3.24.2014

A recent Wisconsin Supreme Court decision reinforces the importance of meeting critical deadlines when charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence (OWI). In the matter of the refusal of Brandon Bentdahl, 351 Wis. 2d 739 (2013), the defendant was found not guilty of OWI, and then requested the trial court to find that his refusal to submit chemical testing to determine his blood alcoh  ...Read More

Case Notes: The Value of Silence When Talking to the Police

Posted: 12.17.2013

“Silence is golden.” “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” “You have the right to remain silent.” There is a reason why we need so many aphorisms telling us to keep our mouths shut: it’s not the natural thing to do. But the benefits o  ...Read More

The Good Client: Helping Your Lawyer Help You

Posted: 7.31.2013

There are plenty of books, articles and TV ads giving advice on how to find the “right” lawyer for your needs. While many of these are helpful, many leave out one important piece of the puzzle – your job as a client. Working with an attorney is a genuine relationship, requiring mutual trust, understanding and cooperation. While plenty of folks have tried to define what makes a “good lawye  ...Read More

What You Should Know About Attorney Fees

Posted: 2.01.2013

To many people who need legal help, attorney fees are a mystery. The lack of information may mean he or she puts off calling an attorney; this can cause unneeded additional expense, or even losing out entirely on the chance to solve the problem and get peace of mind. This post gives a brief overview of how we charge for our services, and gives some guidance for anyone looking for help with a legal issue  ...Read More

Why Don't Lawyers Talk Like Normal People?

Posted: 1.20.2013

Road reading may be hazardous to your diet Traffic was heavy as I was rolling down the expressway. The billboard barely registered on my consciousness: a splash of tan against a yellow background, with six words of text. At 65 miles an hour, only the words registered: Love People Cook Them Tasty Food For reasons that still baffle me, some primitive part of my brain struggled t  ...Read More