The Importance of Storytelling in the Courtroom
One of the most important aspects of being a criminal defense attorney is telling our client’s story. We tell it to investigators, prosecutors, and judges, but no rendition of the story is more important than the one we recite to the jury. Who Do You Trust to Tell Your Story? Would you trust a stranger […]
Don’t Let Your Lips Sink Your Defense
Do you remember watching shows growing up where the protagonists encountered the dangerous threat of quicksand? Inevitably, someone would start panicking and moving quickly to stay on the surface, only to sink further into the quicksand until someone rescued them. “Where are you going with this? I don’t think we even have quicksand in Wisconsin…” […]READ MORE
How can trace DNA evidence lead to a wrongful conviction?
A loose eyelash, a chipped nail, saliva or fingerprints — just about everywhere you go you leave some kind of DNA evidence behind. For decades, tracing DNA evidence back to someone was nearly impossible — a fictional dream that any criminal investigator would wish for. Now, technology has evolved so much in the last 30 […]
Is stop and frisk legal in Wisconsin?
Violations of people’s rights are not uncommon in police investigations. For example, if police officers detain and search a person with no legitimate grounds for doing so, the evidence obtained in the search may be deemed inadmissible in court. What is stop and frisk? In some cases, police officers may engage in a practice called […]
Criminal Defense 101: Understand these 3 things about police searches in Wisconsin
It can be extremely intimidating when a police officer asks to search you or your property, or when police officers show up with a search warrant. If you are facing a charge after a police search, remember: the U.S. Constitution protects you against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” And Wisconsin’s state constitution uses the same language. […]
3 examples of when evidence in a criminal case may be thrown out
Every day in Wisconsin, people are arrested and charged with crimes on the basis of evidence that is questionable. Police and prosecutors are not immune to mistakes, and no one should be convicted on the basis of faulty evidence. In general, if the police illegally obtain evidence against you, the evidence should be regarded as […]
How long does a criminal case in Wisconsin typically take?
How long a criminal case takes depends on the specific circumstances of the case. Depending on the specific charge and the facts involved, resolving a criminal case could take as few as a couple of months, or it could take a year or longer, depending on the complexity of case. Whether or not you are […]
Criminal Defense 101: Could my case go to trial?
If you are facing a criminal charge, the decision to go to trial is ultimately up to you. There will come a point in your case when you have to decide on one of two options: 1) accept the plea agreement or 2) go to trial. Most defendants — particularly those accused of relatively low-level […]
Your right to protection against illegal search and seizure: Explained
The U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions both protect you from illegal searches and seizures by the police. Both constitutions use the same language to limit law enforcement’s ability to search your person or property. Specifically, the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits “unreasonable searches and seizures” of individuals’ “persons, houses, papers, and effects.” In order to […]
Tips for selecting the right criminal defense attorney in Wisconsin
Certain decisions must be made quickly after an arrest, and choosing an attorney is one of them. But your selection of an attorney should not be a rash decision made out of desperation. A quick internet search will reveal countless criminal defense attorneys, as will recommendations from co-workers, friends, and family members. However, above all […]