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Defense Attorney Tracey Wood Drunk Driving Attorney Tracey Wood is a Super Lawyer in Wisconsin
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     Attorney Tracey A. Wood , owner of Tracey Wood & Associates is an aggressive criminal defense attorney in Madison, Wisconsin.    She focuses her practice on defending the rights of individuals whether they are charged with drunken driving or more severe criminal charges including murder, sex crimes in Wisconsin, federal conspiracy or seeking an expungement of a previous conviction.
   She is known throughout the legal community as the foremost authority on Wisconsin OWI DUI laws and has been hailed for her defenses and successful trial and case record.
   Ms. Wood has been pioneering new frontiers for women in law since she entered practice in 1992. She is the first attorney from Wisconsin ever appointed as a Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor, and first Wisconsin attorney to be appointed to the Board of Regents to the National College for DUI Defense held at Harvard Law School. She chairs the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Strike Force for the state's largest association for criminal defense lawyers and has previously served as the President of that organization. She has authored several articles on defense against drunk driving charges including Challenging Prior Under Influence Convictions, an article discussing U.S. v. Gant in the Wisconsin Law Journal, and she has contributed to the national DUI attorneys' bible by Taylor & Oberman, entitled "Drunk Driving Defense".
   She has also won many appeals in both the Wisconsin Appellate System (most recently City of Beloit v. Steven Herbst) and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago (i.e. U.S. v. Andres Perez).

Super Lawyer Tracey Wood defends people charged with OWI or DUI
Super Lawyer Tracey Wood defends people charged with OWI or DUI
Super Lawyer Tracey Wood defends people charged with OWI or DUI
NCDD National College for DUI Defense: Tracey Wood
(608) 350-1004

Negligent Homicide In Wisconsin



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Negligent homicide is defined by Wisconsin law as a criminal offense that is committed by a person whose negligence is the direct cause of another person's death. (see Elements of the crime of homicide). Negligence in law occurs when a person does not observe an obligation or duty where a legal obligation or duty exists or behaves in a manner lacking reasonable care. The law assumes that people will take a reasonable amount of care in all of their actions. Reasonable care is a degree of caution or care that a competent person in the same line of business, work, or activity should or is expected to exercise under similar circumstances. Negligence is then the lack of reasonable care and includes both actions with negligence and failure to act where a duty or obligation exists, and criminal negligence is a higher degree of negligence. [see Criminal Negligence]

Negligent homicide is sometimes referred to as murder, unintentional homicide, or accidental homicide due to an unintended result or unintended victim.

Negligent Homicide By A Vicious Animal

Wisconsin statutes provide that if a person owns an animal that he or she knows to be vicious, and intentionally allows that animal to roam freely or keeps the animal without ordinary care, and that animal kills a person who has taken all of the precautions permitted under the circumstances to avoid the animal while the animal is free or unconfined, then that animal's owner can be charged with negligent homicide. The criminal charge of homicide resulting from the negligent control of a vicious animal is a Class G felony.

An exception to the "known viciousness of an animal" rule exists where the animal is known or classified as a vicious or wild animal, such as would be the case if the animal were a tiger, snake or other typically non-domiciled animal.

Homicide By Negligent Operation Of A Vehicle

Under Wisconsin statutes, if a person causes the death of another person or an unborn child by the negligent operation or handling of a vehicle, then that person may be charged criminally with committing homicide by the negligent operation of a vehicle, which is often referred to as vehicular homicide. Wisconsin law provides that vehicular homicide is a Class G felony.

Homicide By Negligent Handling Of Dangerous Weapon, Explosives or Fire

Wisconsin statutory law provides that if a person causes the death of another person or an unborn child by the negligent handling of a dangerous weapon, explosive (or explosives), or fire can be charged with negligent homicide. The criminal charge of homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire is a Class G felony.

An air gun, a knife, or a bow and arrow is considered a dangerous weapon under this law.

Homicide By Intoxicated Use Of A Vehicle or Firearm

Under Wisconsin statutes, if a person causes the death of another person or an unborn child because of the manner in which he or she handles a private or commercial vehicle or an air gun or a firearm while under the influence of an intoxicant, with a detectable amount of restricted controlled substance in his or her blood, or with a prohibited blood alcohol concentration level, then that person can be charged with a Class D felony if they have no other prior counting charges against them. (See prior convictions).

Homicide By Intoxicated Use Of A Vehicle or Firearm with Prior Convictions, Suspensions, Revocations

In the situation above, and when a person has prior convictions, suspensions, or revocations, the charge can be increased to a Class C felony. Additionally, other restrictions can apply if a person has prior convictions (please refer to "Challenging Prior Convictions," written by Attorney Tracey Wood).

Intentional -vs- Unintentional Homicide

Wisconsin law does not provide for the crime of 'unintentional homicide', a homicide committed without intent is still a homicide, although it may be reckless or negligent. A negligent homicide may still have intent, but the intent may have been to do some other act. As well, the act intended may differ from the act that resulted and the person may still be charged with homicide.

Tracey Wood & Associates Will Defend You

Regardless of the charges against you, the criminal defense lawyers at Tracey Wood & Associates will defend you. When you place your trust in the hands of Tracey Wood & Associates attorneys, you can rest assuredly that you have done all that you can to ensure the best possible outcome. The criminal defense attorneys of Tracey Wood & Associates have won several outright acquittals for their clients, and while there are no guarantees, their record clearly reflects their hard work, their intelligent and professional approach to their cases, and their skill in developing a strategy that fits an individual client’s case, while drawing upon their knowledge, experience and skill from past cases.

Successful Criminal Defense Attorneys

The dedicated diligent hard work and solid intelligent legal strategies of the successful criminal & drunk driving defense firm of Tracey Wood & Associates has earned the attorneys national and statewide honors and recognition. Attorney Tracey Wood won an outright acquittal (not guilty verdict) in the largest military theft case in Wisconsin. Several defendants in that case were sentenced to very long federal prison terms.

Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers

Attorney Tracey Wood is one of few lawyers in the country consulted by a majority of criminal defense lawyers while they are preparing a legal strategy for their clients. In a case that made the national headlines a few years ago, Attorney Tracey Wood won an outright acquittal when her client was cleared of any wrongdoing in a wide-ranging and emboldened conspiracy scheme that actually stole missile launchers and military tanks from the Ft. McCoy military base in northern Wisconsin.

Trial or Appeal, State or Federal Court

In addition to this solid and successful trial history, Tracey Wood has also argued and won appeals to the Wisconsin Appellate Court and the US Court of Appeals.

Court Approved

In cases where the court appoints an attorney for the defendant, which is not the same as a public defender, the courts require a certain proven level of expertise of the attorney before the court will appoint that attorney to defend a person charged with a very serious crime. The courts are familiar with the level of expert advice that the Attorney's at Attorney Tracey Wood & Associates provide to their clients, and their level of expertise exhibited in the courtroom. For that reason, the courts have often appointed Chris to represent clients charged with very serious crimes such as negligent homicide. Tracey has often been appointed to defend people with prior convictions.

The criminal attorneys at Tracey Wood & Associates defend people against criminal charges. They most often appear in the counties and courts listed on the Wisconsin Courts page.

Initial Consultation Free

If you have been charged with negligent homicide, or if you already have been convicted and believe your conviction was wrong, please contact the law offices of Tracey Wood & Associates. Attorney Tracey Wood will provide you with a free initial first impression analysis of the case against you so that you can make a very critical decision: how best to defend yourself against the prosecutor's case.

Madison's Best Criminal Defense Lawyers

The criminal defense lawyers of Tracey Wood & Associates, current field sobriety test instructor and winner of an outright acquittal in the largest military theft case ever trial in Wisconsin Tracey Wood, defend people in Wisconsin who are under investigation for serious crimes, or who have already been charged with a serious crime such as negligent homicide, or who have already been convicted of a serious crime but believe their conviction or their sentence were wrong. For a confidential professional first analysis of the case against you, please contact the firm right away.

Free but professional "first-impression" analysis

If you are under investigation or have been arrested for any crime, or if you have already been convicted of a crime and believe your conviction to be wrong or your sentence too harsh, please call (608) 350-1004 or email the Attorneys at Tracey Wood & Associates right away. An Attorney at Tracey Wood & Associates will provide you with a brief but professional free "first-impression" analysis of your appeal based on the facts that you are able to convey. You can also submit your case online or email the attorneys.




OWI DUI Attorney Tracey Wood commonly works in the following Counties: Adams, Ashland,Barron,Bayfield,Brown,Buffalo,Burnett,Calumet,Chippewa,Clark,Columbia,Crawford,Dane,Dodge,Door,Douglas,Dunn,Eau Claire,Florence,Fond du Lac,Forest, Grant,Green,Green Lake,Iowa,Iron,Jackson,Jefferson,Juneau,Kenosha,Kewaunee,La Crosse,Lafayette,Langlade,Lincoln,Manitowoc,Marathon,Marinette,Marquette,Menominee, Milwaukee,Monroe,Oconto,Oneida,Outagamie,Ozaukee,Pepin,Pierce,Polk,Portage,Price,Racine,Richland,Rock,Rusk,Sauk,Sawyer,Shawano,Sheboygan,St. Croix,Taylor,Trempealeau, Vernon,Vilas,Walworth,Washburn,Washington,Waukesha,Waupaca,Waushara,Winnebago,Wood

Please take notice that although the law firm of Tracey Wood & Associates website contains a large amount of accurate and useful legal information about drunk driving, OWI, DUI, Sex Crimes, Expungement and other serious crimes, it is not intended to be used as legal advice. Only an attorney can counsel you on your specific case. Please contact the attorney at Tracey Wood & Associates immediately should you find yourself charged with a Drunk Driving in Wisconsin, a DUI (Driving Under the Influence), OWI (Operating Under the Influence) or any other serious crime in Wisconsin at (608) 350-1004. Even if your researching drunk driving laws or sex crime laws in Wisconsin, Lawyer Tracey Wood can assist you.

Attorney Tracey A. Wood , 1 South Pinckney Street Suite 950 Madison Wisconsin. (608) 350-1004

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