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By Vande Castle, S.C., Sep 25 2018 03:25PM
Please do not drink and drive. An OWI Citation can ruin your life!
- It will cost you thousands of dollars in court costs, fines and legal fees.
- It will increase your insurance rates if you can find insurance coverage.
- You could lose your job.
- You may be required to install, at your cost, an ignition interlock device ("IID") on your vehicle that essentially requires you to take a breathalyzer test everytime you attempt to start your vehicle.
It's not worth it. Don't drink and drive. Use a designated driver or a ride share service instead.
By Vande Castle, S.C., May 29 2018 04:33PM
It’s boating season again. And it is time for a safety reminder.
Rule 5 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Seat (“COLREGS”) expressly requires that “(e)very vessel shall at all times maintain a proper lookout by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision.” This is the first rule of seamanship.
Modern technology has made vessels nearly autonomous. Those technological advancements do not relieve the vessel owner / operator from the Rule 5 requirement that proper lookout be maintained at all times. Simply relying on these devices, even Automated Identification Systems (AIS), is not sufficient.
Please keep our waterways safe and enjoyable for all.
By Vande Castle, S.C., Apr 9 2018 04:12PM
A court may enter a default judgment against a defendant that fails to appear “upon due proof of facts which show the plaintiff entitled thereto.” WIS. STAT. § 799.22(2). A court “may, by order, reopen default judgments upon notice and motion or petition duly made and good cause shown,” as long as the notice of motion is made within twelve months after entry of the judgment. WIS. STAT. § 799.29(1)(a) - (c).
However, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals found that cold weather was not a valid reason for failing to appear in person for the hearing. The agreed temperature on the date that the defendant failed to appear was -25 degrees.
Byrd v. Hoeft, Wisconsin Appeal No. 2017AP46
By Vande Castle, S.C., Feb 8 2017 03:06PM
Property owners in Wisconsin considering renting out all or part of their home or cabin, or even their boat or RV for short term, overnight stay purposes, face a number of significant concerns and obstacles. This activity is considered a commercial venture and is subject to a number of State and local regulations. The cost of complying with those regulations can be substantial. Furthermore, the permitting process can be daunting for anyone unfamiliar with such activities.
By Vande Castle, S.C., Jan 16 2017 05:47PM
As the cost of “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAVs) i.e. “Drones”, have come down dramatically over the past two years and the user interface technology has become increasing less sophisticated, the popularity of these devices has increased exponentially. The increase in drone popularity, both commercially and recreationally, has led to increasing regulatory concerns.
By Vande Castle, S.C., Aug 4 2016 03:10PM
On August 4, 2016 the Village of Wrightstown, through a cooperative effort with the City of Green Bay and the Village of Ashwaubenon began receiving its potable drinking water from and through the Green Bay Water Utility. This unique arrangement allows Wrightstown to receive water from the Green Bay Water Utility through the Village of Ashwaubenon through a 15 mile pipeline running from Green Bay through the Village of Ashwaubenon and the Town of Lawrence in southern Brown County.
By Vande Castle, S.C., Jul 8 2016 05:04PM
Attorney Wm. Vande Castle has served as a member of the City of Green Bay Ethics Committee since 1999. Attorney Vande Castle was recently re-elected as Chair of the Committee.
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