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If somebody you love is arrested . . .
He or she should not make any statements about what he or she is being accused of, with whom he or she has been speaking, about any of his or her activities, friends, business associates or anything other than the personal identification info needed to process him or her. He or she should be polite and courteous to law-enforcement officers, he or she should give them his or her full name, date of birth, address, etc., but he or she should not not tell them what he or she was doing before the arrest or anything else. But one should be assertive in demanding an attorney immediately and frequently. A person who has been arrested should make sure to tell them "I WANT A LAWYER!" - don't ask them if they think a lawyer is needed, and don't say something weak and ambiguous like, "I think I need a lawyer" or "I'd like an attorney." Make it crystal clear that you want a lawyer NOW.
Call or email me right away for a free consultation if you ever find yourself or a loved one even accused of committing any crime in this state. It is vitally important, even at what is referred to as the "pre-charging" phase, that you retain competent legal counsel as soon as humanly possible so that you have the invaluable edge in protecting all of your legal rights that only comes with being able to start laying the groundwork for your defense at the earliest possible point in the development of your case. If you have a loved one in police custody, then he or she should make a collect call at the first opportunity to you, a trusted friend or family member to contact and retain me on his or her behalf. Don't waste time and let great opportunities to take fuller control of the situation early on in a criminal prosecution slip away from you!
Qualified State & Federal Case Experience
My criminal-defense trial experience earned me a place on both the State Public Defender's private-bar appointment list for top felonies and the state's highly-selective CJA Federal Defender Panel for over 20 years, though I no longer participate in that (the latter appoints federal-level criminal cases in both the Eastern and Western Federal Districts of Wisconsin). I am trial certified by the Wisconsin SPD's office to handle all felonies (attempted Class-A), all misdemeanors, paternity, Chapter 980 cases, Chapter 51 & 55 psychiatric commitments (dormant certification), all juvenile, including termination of parental rights, and probation/parole revocations. My unique and lengthy experience encompasses familiarity with practically every level of litigation within nearly every municipal, state and/or federal court, hearing board and judicial governmental agency in southeast Wisconsin. I have built an extensive personal and professional network with other lawyers, judges, law clerks, other legal professionals and forensic experts in many areas of the law, especially in the criminal-defense sector.
criminal-defense attorney who is a former prosecutor has the best
experience to defend you if you're ever charged."
I have never been, nor will I ever be a prosecutor! Former prosecutors may have more jury-trial experience than most career defense attorneys, but keep in mind that most of their experience is from trying cases against people accused of committing crimes. It's a very different experience that comes from the same number of years defending people in front of juries against the prosecutors (and sometimes even against the judges who often side with the prosecutors, especially if the judge is also a former prosecutor), and that's the edge that best serves a person accused of criminal conduct. We career defense attorneys pick up every little trick the prosecutors try to pull, and we get to know the inner workings and policies of the prosecutors' offices after defending people for a long time. Every former prosecutor I know against whom I at one time had to defend clients who has since jumped the fence to defend the criminally accused was relentlessly, unreasonably heavy-handed as a prosecutor. What would make anybody think that someone who chose to start his or her career prosecuting people would be able to simply flip a switch in his or her brain such that he or she could then thoroughly and sincerely advocate for the best interests of people charged with committing the same crimes he or she once zealously prosecuted? Once a prosecutor, always the prosecutor's mentality!
If you're thinking about hiring a former prosecutor to defend you in a criminal case, instead of a career defense attorney, like me, then ask him or her a few questions first: Why is the attorney now defending the criminally accused when he or she started out prosecuting them? What's your guarantee that he or she will really be looking out for your best interests and will not let old instincts inadvertently take over to the point that you get "sold down the river"? If he or she says it's because the money is better, run (don't walk) out of his or her office, then call me. Some former prosecutors I know who are now defense attorneys have been busted for drunk driving and shoplifting, so they had no choice but to leave the prosecutor's office. Without practice experience in other areas of the law, they are forced to resort to doing criminal-defense work (it's not hard to imagine that they really don't want to be doing what they do now). So do you want one of them defending you?
Monthly payment plans available. Free, confidential e-mail and telephone consultations. I accept both state and federal criminal cases throughout southeast Wisconsin, including (but not limited to) the following counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Kenosha, Racine, Ozaukee, Sheboygan and, for federal criminal cases, Dane.
I speak, read and write the Spanish and French languages.
Also click below to read my feature article published in the official publication of the Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender, Wisconsin Defender, Vol. 18, Issue 1 (Winter/Spring 2010),
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P.O. Box 579, Milwaukee, WI 53201 414-224-0668 Wisconsin State Bar # 1020925