Milwaukee woman faces charges for shooting and killing her rival

Twenty-year-old Milwaukee, Wisconsin resident Tequila Cole was charged with first-degree intentional homicide on December 15 after allegedly shooting and killing 23-year-old Alonna Thomas to settle a score, the Journal Sentinel reported.

According to witness accounts, Cole and Thomas had been planning on physically engaging each other in a fight the night of the shooting. The two reportedly had a long-term rivalry, as Cole’s boyfriend was the father of Thomas’ child. The two showed up at a designated spot, began arguing, and Cole took out a gun. Thomas, shot, ran to a car and was brought to the hospital, where she died of her injuries.

The two drivers who helped Cole leave the scene have been charged as accomplices to the homicide.

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Milwaukee, it is critical to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Call the attorneys with Kohler & Hart, SC, today at (414) 271-9595 to begin taking action towards your defense.

Zocco child pornography trial comes to an end

Although the defense team for Kris Zocco, charged with possession of child pornography, advocated for a dismissal of the charges against him, Zocco was found guilty by a jury on November 13, FOX6 reported.

Zocco was believed to be the last person to see Kelly Dwyer, a woman from Milwaukee who disappeared over a year ago. Although Zocco was never formally charged in relation to Dwyer’s disappearance, an investigation of his house revealed a hard drive filled with sexually explicit content, most of which included child pornography.

Zocco’s legal counsel told the court that the prosecution could not prove that it was Zocco who owned the files, and his computer itself had no evidence of pornography on it.  Zocco will be sentenced in January.

If you have been charged with a sex crime in Milwaukee, it is critical to the success of your case to enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense team as early on as possible. The attorneys of Kohler & Hart, SC, know that charges like this can have long-lasting consequences on your life, but you do not have to face the intimidating legal process alone. Call our offices at (414) 271-9595 today.

Do police have to tell me why I’m being arrested?

Many people mistakenly think that they have the right to immediately be told why they are being arrested. However, this is not the case. Police arresting you are not required to tell you why you are being arrested, as they likely do yet know what the exact charges will be. Typically, they will give you a general reason for your arrest. Within 72 hours of arrest, you will be informed of the charges laid against you.

If you have been arrested and are facing criminal charges, having a sound legal defense team is critical to receiving the best possible results from your case. Contact the criminal defense attorneys of Kohler & Hart, SC, at their Milwaukee offices by calling (414) 271-9595 today.

Brother of domestic violence victim found guilty of killing her abuser

Twenty-two-year-old Milwaukee resident Dominique Wilder was declared guilty of first-degree reckless homicide by a jury on November 6 for his role in the death of his sister’s abusive boyfriend, the Journal Sentinel reported.

According to the case’s prosecutors, Wilder and his younger brother went on a hunting spree to find 25-year-old Erick Perry four days after Perry allegedly hurt their sister–not for the first time. They allegedly spotted Perry driving a car along N. 20th Street on Oct. 1, 2013, and Wilder fired three shots at him, one of which hit and killed Perry.

Wilder’s defense attorneys said Perry’s witnesses were not credible, especially Wilder’s ex-girlfriend, who told the jury Wilder revealed his plan to murder Perry to her. Wilder was acquitted, however, of gun possession charges.

The attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC, in Milwaukee believe that every person deserves the best defense possible in the face of serious charges like this. No case is cut and dry, and our legal team will work aggressively on behalf of your rights and interests against any charges brought against you. Call our offices at (414) 271-9595 today.

What may be regarded as probable cause?

Before police officers perform search of a person’s personal property or make an arrest, they are legally obligated to have a good reason for doing so. Without probable cause—the legal term for that goodreason—the search of your property or your arrest will, under most circumstances, be considered illegal and will be determined inadmissible in the court room. However, if a police officer smells a drug on you or otherwise has information that you have committed a crime, then he or she will likely have probable cause and may be legally permitted to search your person.

To discuss the particulars of your arrest with one of the criminal defense attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC, please call our Milwaukee offices at (414) 271-9595 today.

Trial for dating site rape case underway

Testimony was heard on November 4 in the rape trial against Racine local Robert Laypath, who was charged with second-degree sexual assault at the end of 2012, The Journal Times reported.

The 911 call made by the unnamed victim was played in the Racine County court, revealing to the room that the victim was deeply confused, panicky, and unaware of where she was. She met Laypath on a dating site months earlier, and they agreed to meet up for the first time. After breakfast at a Perkins restaurant in Oak Creek, the woman reported feeling strange. She remembered only a few more details before the 911 call hours later.

The woman testified that she did not remember the alleged rape. Laypath told police that the two had sex, but it was consensual.

Upon facing sex crime charges in Milwaukee, it is essential to enlist an experienced criminal defense attorney who will work tirelessly on behalf of your interests. Speak with the legal team at Kohler & Hart, SC, today by calling (414) 271-9595.

Ex-fraternity president pleads not guilty to drug house charges

Thomas Kreinbring, the former president of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, has pleaded not guilty to charges of keeping a drug house at the Milwaukee County Court in Wisconsin on October 3, TMJ 4 reported.

In the preliminary hearing, Kreinbring’s defense attorney Dan Adams helped the defendant file his plea, officially getting the case started.

The charges stemmed from an incident in September when partygoers who went to the fraternity house under the charge of Kreinbring returned to their homes or dorms unable to stand or walk. The fraternity, which has been indefinitely suspended, is under suspicion of slipping date rape drugs into the drinks. Kreinbring has not been charged with this, although evidence is still being examined to determine whether additional charges are necessary.

At Kohler & Hart, SC, we provide aggressive and dependable representation in defense of our clients. If you are facing drug charges in Milwaukee, call our offices at (414) 271-9595 to discuss your legal options for defense.

What to do if you’re arrested

If you are put under arrest, there are several things that you should consider doing that are in your best interest. First, it’s best to comply with the officer’s orders; try not to get violent or aggressive because resisting arrest in such a way can lead to a additional charges, or a felony.

Additionally, it is also important to remain silent – it’s your right, after all. Anything you say during your arrest “can and will be used against you” if it serves the agenda of the prosecutor.

Most importantly, you should wait to make any kind of defense for yourself until you have spoken with an attorney about your situation. A criminal defense attorney like those at Kohler & Hart, SC, has the skills and experience necessary to construct a proper defense against your criminal charges. Be sure to contact our Milwaukee offices at (414) 271-9595 to talk about your own situation and to get help today.

Fraternity president charged with possession

The fraternity president of Tau Kappa Epsilon was charged with possession of prescription drugs and marijuana and remains under investigation for a party that led to several hospitalizations, The Associated Press reported on September 21.

Thomas Kreinbring was found with Adderall, a drug used to treat ADHD, as well as marijuana. He told police that he uses these drugs to increase focus for studying. These charges do not mention the accusations that Kreinbring and his fraternity spiked drinks with drugs at a party held at their fraternity house. Local law enforcement agents are still investigating the matter at the party, Chief Deputy Milwaukee County District Attorney Kent Lovern said.

When you are facing charges in Milwaukee, it is essential to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight aggressively on behalf of your interests. The legal team at Kohler & Hart, SC, understand how drug crimes are usually prosecuted against and therefore know how best to defend against them. Call our Milwaukee offices at (414) 271-9595 today to discuss your case.

What are the penalties for a theft conviction?

It is difficult to know what the specific punishment for a conviction would be without knowing what exactly you have been charged with and your specific situation. The penalties for a theft conviction can vary in the state of Wisconsin, but any of them have the potential to significantly disrupt your day-to-day routine or your financial stability.

Depending on which form of theft you are charged with, you could face numerous penalties upon conviction. Most often, convicted defendants are required to pay damages for the property stolen, and may also have to serve a certain amount of time in state jail or federal prison, if the conviction is serious enough. Underneath the blanket term of “theft,” there are many crimes, including shoplifting, burglary, identity theft, auto theft, embezzlement, possession of stolen property, and armed robbery. The sentencing will also likely consider any previous convictions on your record.

The best way to know what penalties you’re up against is to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney. The criminal defense team at Kohler & Hart, SC believe that everyone has the right to a fair trial, and they can help Milwaukee defendants fight against theft charges and conviction. Call our offices at (414) 271-9595 today to learn more.