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Man involved in fatal Wisconsin Dells crash will not be charged with a crime. Attorney Van Wagner representing.

Attorney Chris Van Wagner named to Super Lawyers, Wisconsin 2006, named Madison's Best Criminal Defense Lawyer, three times awarded Martin Hanson Advocate's Prize for numerous homicide acquittals, awarded Warrior of the Year for a very difficult murder case

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Manslaughter is a lesser offense than felony murder. Wisconsin's statutes do not include the crime of manslaughter. When the criminal code was rewritten, the crime of manslaughter was removed. In its stead, the legislature enacted second degree intentional homicide. Second degree intentional homicide nearly provides the same offense as manslaughter provided previously, but with less specificity, and with harsher penalties.

Second degree intentional homicide is defined as the taking of the life of another with intent to kill or cause serious bodily injury. Second degree intentional homicide is a Class B felony.

Second degree intentional homicide is charged when an intentional homicide occurs under mitigating circumstances, or when the prosecuting attorney concedes that he cannot prove the elements of first degree intentional homicide. [For more information, please refer to Intentional Homicide - second degree.]

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Attorney Chris Van Wagner & Attorney Tracey Wood founded Van Wagner & Wood to combine their more than thirty years of expertise in criminal law. Attorney Van Wagner is a former state prosecutor (New Jersey), federal prosecutor (Wisconsin), and Chicago Illinois criminal defense attorney. On three separate occasions, he has received the Martin Hanson Advocate's Prize for numerous homicide acquittals. He has repeatedly been voted to Madison's Best Criminal Defense Lawyers, received the highest rankings possible with Martindale-Hubbell, and been called upon by experts in the legal field for legal analysis of perplexing and difficult homicide cases.

Attorney Tracey Wood is Wisconsin's foremost authority on drunk driving law, the newest, youngest, and first Wisconsin member appointed to the National College for DUI Defense, co-author of a treatise on Wisconsin Drunk Driving law, and a victorious appellate attorney. She has tried numerous cases in which she has challenged prior convictions and successfully won both at trial and on appeal.

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