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STEPHEN R. ZUBER, S.C.
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Stephen R Zuber, S.C.Attorney At Law has over 30 years experience in tackling difficult criminal defense cases in Superior, Wisconsin as well as in Duluth, Minnesota, and their surrounding areas. As a former special prosecutor and criminal trial specialist (National Board of Trial Advocacy), Attorney Zuber has extensive knowledge of understanding the criminal justice system, with respect to both sides of your case. When people are accused of a crime, they face the terrible prospect of going to jail, or of it affecting future possibilities. Mr. Zuber will aggressively represent you and help you protect your rights.
What Is a Habitual Offender?
A habitual offender is person who has been have been convicted of a crime several times. The term “habitual offender” may imply that the person has been convicted of the same crime many times, but it may also refer to a person who has many convictions for different crimes on their record.
Habitual offenders may be exposed to harsher legal penalties than a first-time offender. That is, having a criminal record involving many convictions may result in greater criminal penalties than what is normally indicated in criminal statutes.
For example, a first-time DUI offense is usually a misdemeanor charge resulting in criminal fees and jail time for less than one year. However, a second or third DUI offense may be “elevated” to a felony charge, which can result in higher fees and time in prison for more than one year.
What Is a Habitual Offender Statute?
A habitual offender statute will usually target offenders who repeat the same type of misdemeanor or felony offense. Habitual offender statutes may vary by state. For example, some state statutes only deal with repeat offenses involving violent crime, while others may also include drug crimes or other convictions. Thus, the legal definition for what is a habitual offender may vary according to jurisdiction.
Generally, a habitual offender statute will impose additional punishments on offenders who have been convicted at least twice for certain crimes. Also, most habitual offender statutes will consider the length of time that has passed in between the various convictions.
In some states, statutes might list mandatory sentencing guidelines that must be followed. In other states, the judge may have some discretion in setting sentences for habitual offenders.
Some states have “Three Strikes” statutes, which focus on defendants with convictions involving serious criminal offenses. Penalties increase with each “strike” or felony conviction; by the third strike, the offender may have to face a life sentence in jail.
What Are Some Consequences of Habitual Offenses?
Being classified as a habitual offender can result in severe legal consequences, including:
• Higher criminal fines
• Longer jail or prison sentences (often times much longer than the normal maximum limit for the crime)
• Loss of various rights and privileges, such as the right to own a firearm or the loss of driving licenses
• Negative impacts on the defendant’s child custody privileges
Also, many habitual offenders repeat their crimes because they involve some element of addiction. For example, addiction may be an element in some crimes, especially drug and alcohol-related crimes (such as DUI, public drunkenness, drug possession, etc.). In such cases, the defendant may also be required to complete mandatory substance abuse courses and/or psychological counseling.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you are facing habitual offense charges, speak with experienced criminal defense lawyer Stephen Zuber immediately. As an experienced criminal attorney, Mr. Zuber can explain how the habitual offender laws in your area might affect your case. Criminal punishments can be very different depending on the type of offense, but an experienced criminal lawyer can help present compelling arguments and unique defense strategies in your defense.
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*Stephen R. Zuber, S.C., Attorney at Law, provides skilled legal representation to clients throughout the State of Wisconsin and the State of Minnesota, particularly in the northwestern Wisconsin Courts located in Superior, Ashland, Washburn, Hayward, Shell Lake, Siren, as well as Douglas County, Bayfield County, Ashland County, Sawyer County, Washburn County, Burnett County and particularly in the northeastern Minnesota Courts located in Duluth, Carlton, Two Harbors, Hibbing, Virginia, Grand Marais, Grand Rapids, Pine City, Aitkin, as well as St. Louis County, Carlton County, Lake County, Cook County, Itasca County, Pine County, Aitkin County, and in the Federal Courts in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.
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