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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

Vehicular Homicide

Under Wisconsin laws, the more commonly known crime of vehicular homicide is codified as Homicide by Negligent Operation of Vehicle. A vehicular homicide is the commission of a homicide of another person or unborn child by the negligent operation or handling of a motor vehicle.

Vehicular Homicide Penalties

If a person is convicted of causing the death of another person or an unborn child (see Wisconsin & Born Alive Rule), they are guilty of a Class G Felony offense.

Aggravating Factors Increase Penalties

A court can imposed additional penalties if other aggravating factors existed at the time of the homicide. For example, if the homicide occurred during or in the process of a delivery of a controlled substance, or if a minor child was present in the vehicle at the time of the vehicular homicide, the court can impose stricter punishment such as a longer period of time of incarceration in prison (imprisonment).

Criminal Negligence Element Of Vehicular Homicide

Wisconsin law proscribes vehicular homicide, and includes in the elements of the crime the mental state of criminal negligence. Negligence occurs when a person fails to exercise ordinary care; they may lack care and concern for their actions, but the disregard for others is unintentional. Simple negligence is then undue care and consideration of the outcome of one's actions, such as if a person reaches to adjust the volume of a radio in a car and an accident occurs. Criminal negligence, however, is equivalent to gross negligence and a higher standard of negligence. Criminal negligence may exist if the situation is one in which the circumstances are substantially likely to cause bodily injury or death.

Causation Element Of Vehicular Homicide

It is not enough for the prosecution to only prove that the defendant acted in a criminally negligent manner; the prosecution must also prove that the defendant's criminal negligence was the substantial cause of death.

Causation is the process of correlating actions to outcomes. It must be shown that one caused the other, and in the case of a vehicular homicide trial, the cause must be substantial. A person can act in a criminally negligent manner and not cause a death, or not be the substantial cause of death. If for example a person is criminally negligent, and a death occurs, the question that must be answered is if the person's negligent conduct was a substantial factor to the resulting death. Under Wisconsin laws, if a jury has a reasonable doubt as to whether or not the defendant was the substantial cause of the resulting death, they must then acquit.

While reasonable doubt is the burden of proof in a vehicular homicide trial, the fact remains that many jurors vote to convict a person despite reasonable doubt, and people are sentenced to prison every day who are innocent of the charges. Vehicular homicide charges often mandate the highest possible experience from the criminal defense lawyer, and you should, too.

Vehicular Homicide defense lawyers

Very few criminal defense attorneys ever defend a person against a Wisconsin Vehicular Homicide charge, and even fewer attorneys who know the exhiliation of an outright acquittal, yet the attorneys at Tracey Wood & Associates have won many not guilty verdicts for their clients.

If you are under investigation for a vehicular homicide, if you have been arrested on charges by the state of Wisconsin, or if you have already been convicted of vehicular homicide and believe your conviction or sentence were wrong, please contact the attorneys at Tracey Wood & Associates for a brief but professional "first-impression" analysis of your case. By placing your trust in the experienced and diligent hands of Tracey Wood & Associates, you can rest reassured that you have done all you can do to defend yourself and let those attorneys do the hard work.

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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 , 6605 University Ave Suite 101 Middleton Wisconsin. (608) 350-1004

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