La Crosse, Wisconsin
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Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I FILE CRIMINAL CHARGES?
Your first step is to contact your local police agency to file a report. This agency will determine if the incident is civil or criminal. For a civil matter, you would contact a private Attorney. For a criminal matter, the police agency will file an incident report. The report will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for further review and possible charges. If charges are pursued, a summons and criminal complaint will be mailed to the defendant. The defendant will appear before the Intake Judge for an initial appearance at 1:30 p.m.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON MY FIRST COURT DATE?
Your initial appearance is held before the Intake Judge. You will be given a copy of your criminal complaint and your bond will be set. The Intake Judge will set a pre-trial conference date and an adjourned initial appearance date.
WHAT IS A PRE- TRIAL CONFERENCE?
The defendant and defendant's Attorney if they choose to have one, will meet with the prosecuting Attorney in the District Attorney's Office to attempt to work out a settlement.
WHAT IS AN ADJOURNED INITIAL APPEARANCE?
An adjourned initial appearance is a return court date before the Intake Judge. This is
to inform the Judge if a settlement was reached at the pre-trial conference. If not, the case will be set for a trial to the court or jury trial.
MY CASE WAS DECLINED?
After careful review of the police incident report, the prosecuting Attorney may make the decision to "Decline" charges. This means no criminal charges win be pursued and you do not have to appear in court.
HOW CAN I GET MY CHARGES DISMISSED?
Dismissal of any charges is up to the Prosecuting Attorney
TRAFFIC TICKET -I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY PRIOR TO MY FIRST COURT DATE?
If you wish to discuss your ticket with the Prosecuting Attorney -You must enter a "not guilty" plea and the Intake Judge will then set a pre-trial conference date. If your ticket says "NO" for mandatory appearance, you can either appear and enter your "not guilty" plea and request a pre-trial conference or you can mail your request to the Clerk of Court -(Attention -traffic Clerk). After your initial court date, the Clerk of Court will notify you of the date: for your pre-trial conference.
WHERE DO I APPLY FOR AN OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE?
Wisconsin Department of Transportation - 9477 HWY 16, Onalaska, WI (phone no. 608-789-4620)
WHERE DO I GET THE PAPERS FOR A COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEY?
Forms are available at the Clerk of Court Office.
HOW CAN I LIFT A NO CONTACT?
Victim Witness Department in the District Attorney's Office will assist you in scheduling a court appearance before the Intake Judge to lift or modify a no contact.
HOW CAN I GET SOME PERSONAL BELONGINGS WITH A NO CONTACT IN PLACE?
You will need to fill out a "Law Assistance Enforcement Form." You can get this form from the Intake Judge Secretary. You can then arrange with your local police department to gather a few belongings.
WHERE DO I GET A RESTRAINING ORDER, HARASSMENT INJUNCTION?
Clerk of Court office.
WHERE CAN I FILE A CONSUMER COMPLAINT REGARDING A BUSINESS, LANDLORD TENNANT, AUTO REPAIR, and BILL COLLECTING HARASSMENT?
Bureau of Consumer Protection -1-800-422-7128 or 1-715-839-3848.
WHERE CAN I FILE A WAGE CLAIM.?
Department of Workforce Development -(608) 266-6860.
FIRST OFFENDER DRUG PROGRAM -If you have completed all requirements - classes at Unity House, completed your community service or paid the $75 to the District Attorney's Office in lieu of Commwrity service - you will not be required to appear at your return court date - your case will be dismissed.
WHAT CAN I DO IF SOMEONE COMMITTED PERJURY IN COURT?
You can file a police report and it will be investigated.
AS A CONVICTED FELON - HOW CAN I GET MY GUN PRIVILEGES RETURNED?
You must apply to the Governor's Office for a pardon. - (608) 266-1212 – Gov. Jim Doyle.
WHERE CAN I GET AN ALCOHOL AND DRUG ASSESSMENT? (see referral list)
HOW CAN I CHECK MY CRIMINAL RECORD?
You can contact the Crime Information Bureau and request a record check - (608) 266-7314