Criminal Charges

A Criminal Defense Law Firm With a proven Record of Success In la Crosse, WI and surrounding areas

"I have spent a career learning and developing strategies to keep my clients from being convicted of a crime. Whatever crime you have been charged with, felonies or misdemeanors, domestic or otherwise, chances are I have successfully handled that type of case before, and likely numerous times."
If you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor crime, you may not end up behind bars. However, every criminal charge, by definition, has that possibility.

Whether you end up with a jail or prison sentence has a lot to do with whether you have previously been convicted of a crime. Therefore, avoiding a criminal conviction in the first place is critical. Even if you do not end up behind bars, a criminal conviction on your record may be something you will never live down.

If you are convicted in Wisconsin, your name and the crimes you are convicted of will be available to anyone with a computer, through CCAP, a website that allows anyone to look you up by name. There is no way to ever get this information off that site. This could severely limit your employment and educational possibilities.

A good criminal defense attorney will know the possibilities available to avoid a criminal conviction. A truly good criminal defense attorney will strive to create opportunities to make it happen. Potential options include dismissal; acquittal; amendment to an ordinance violation; diversion agreements; "hold open" agreements, or deferred prosecution agreements; expungement, and others. Some people will qualify for some options but not others. Some counties will offer some options but not others.

It has been said that "a person who represents himself/herself has a fool for a client." Nothing could be more true. Don't gamble on your future. You need a talented and experienced criminal defense attorney to guide you through this process. The State will have its lawyers working to convict you. That attorney's ethical duties prohibit him/her from giving you advice or working in your interests. The prosecuting attorney only needs "probable cause" to have you charged with a crime. However, he/she will need proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict you. In other words, you CANNOT rely on the State's attorney to point out the weakness of the case.
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