In The News

In The News

Nelson Defense Group has a long record of securing favorable results in high-stakes, high-profile cases that have received significant media attention. We remain poised and ready to represent our clients, regardless of public opinion and negative media coverage. We have proven our ability to handle the additional pressures of the most high-profile cases.

We are a Wisconsin criminal defense law firm through and through, and we are familiar with the criminal courts statewide. We also know how the wider public, including potential jurors, are likely to respond to various defense strategies. Below is a sampling of high-stakes cases that received significant media attention, and in which we were successful in obtaining not-guilty verdicts.

Not Guilty Verdict (Homicide)

Dunn County man found NOT GUILTY by a jury of the charge 1st Degree Reckless Homicide after Attorney Nelson successfully argued he was acting in self-defense.

County: Dunn

Theory of Defense: Angry, drunk, violent man attacked client who then defended himself, his sisters and his niece.

Read more on The Chippewa Herald and Weau 13 News.

Not Guilty Verdict (Homicide)

Pierce County mother charged with three counts of felony Vehicular Homicide and one misdemeanor charge of Reckless Driving, found “not guilty” on all charges by a jury, after just two hours of deliberation.

County: Pierce

Theory of Defense: Unsafe tires, not texting, caused tragic accident on slippery winter roads.

Read more on The SunTwin Cities Pioneer Press, and Fox6 Milwaukee.

Watch on ABC News and Inside Edition.

2016 – Not Guilty Verdict (Homicide)

Duluth, MN, man was found “not guilty” of Felony Murder (as a Party to a Crime) and “not guilty” of Attempted Armed Robbery and “Not Guilty” of Attempted Robbery after a four-day jury trial in Superior, WI. It took the jury less than two hours to agree with the Defense that our client did not aid or assist the individual who had shot the gun.

County: Douglas

Theory of Defense: Young shooter acted on his own without any plan by group and therefore client did not aid or abet in the armed robbery or shooting; he was merely a witness at the wrong place at the wrong time

Read more on Duluth News Tribune and Fox21 Local News.

Watch on ABC News and Inside Edition.

Not Guilty Verdict (Homicide)

Superior, WI, man found NOT GUILTY by a jury of the charge 1st Degree Intentional Homicide after Attorney Nelson successfully convinced the jury that one of the State’s prisoner witnesses was more likely to be the shooter than the accused.

County: Douglas

Theory of Defense: Government’s two main witnesses ran major drug ring in Superior and when they got busted they blamed patsy for unsolved homicide to minimize their own sentences.

Read More in the Superior Telegram.

Not Guilty Verdict (Homicide)

Boyceville, WI, man was charged with Vehicular Homicide for allegedly being the driver involved in a one car accident outside of Menomonie in which a person in the car was killed. Client was found NOT GUILTY by a jury in Dunn County.

County: Dunn

Read more in the Chippewa Herald.

Not Guilty Verdict (Injury/Death by giving Alcohol to Minor)

Menomonie, WI, man charged with being responsible for the death of an Ellsworth Teenager for allegedly selling her beer. Client was found NOT GUILTY by a jury in Pierce County.

County: Pierce

Court TV Appearances

May 2, 2022: Court TV’s host, Ted Rowlands, talks to guest legal analyst, Aaron Nelson, as the Defamation Lawsuit Depp vs. Heard. Watch Video Clip

April 28, 2022: Trial lawyer, Aaron Nelson, appeared on CourtTV as a guest legal analyst. Host, Julie Grant, talks to Mr. Nelson about the Johnny Depp defamation lawsuit against ex-wife, Amber Heard. Watch Video Clip

April 18, 2022: Aaron Nelson was interviewed by Julia Jenaé from Court TV as a guest legal analyst discussing the Depp Vs. Heard case. Watch Video Clip

April 13, 2022: Wisconsin trial attorney, Aaron Nelson, was a guest legal analyst on CourtTV to discuss Johnny Depp’s Defamation Case. Watch Video Clip

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