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c. Discretion

State v. Robert P. Vesper, 2018 WI App 31; case activity (including briefs) Vesper complains that when he was sentenced for his 7th OWI offense the judge didn’t give a separate explanation for why it was imposing a fine in addition to prison time. Over a dissent, the court of appeals concludes the judge said enough to… Read More

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State v. Ahern Ramel, 2007 WI App 271 For Ramel: Wm. Tyroler, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate Issue/Holding: ¶14      A fine that an offender has the ability to pay may satisfy sentencing objectives the trial court has found to be material and relevant to the particular defendant. See id. Here, however, with no explanation from the sentencing court of how… Read More

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Fines – Discretion to Impose

State v. Bruce J. Kuechler, 2003 WI App 245 For Kuechler: Charles B. Vetzner, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: ¶11. Second, Kuechler argues that “[e]ven if the size of the fine could be based exclusively on a guideline recommendation, the court here failed to give adequate reasons for choosing the more severe of two alternative guidelines.”… Read More

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State v. Kirk J. Bergquist, 2002 WI App 39 For Berhquist: Steven H. Gibbs Issue: Whether the state’s refusal to return guns valued at between $5000 and $7,150, following conviction for disorderly conduct, violated the Eighth Amendment Excessive Fines Clause. Holding: ¶8. Although the term “forfeiture” does not appear in this statute, our supreme court has… Read More

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State v. Glenn F. Schwebke, 2001 WI App 99, 242 Wis. 2d 585, 627 N.W.2d 213, affirmed on other grds., 2002 WI 55 For Schwebke: Keith A. Findley, UW Law School Issue/Holding: The remedy for this sentence which exceeded the permissible maximum — multiple counts of probation running consecutive to one another, ¶¶25-30 — is to commute… Read More

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