First man to be charged with revenge porn in Wisconsin faces court

A man who posted nude pictures of his Milwaukee, Wisconsin ex-girlfriend is now facing a trial for revenge porn was scheduled to appear in court on December 31, the Journal Sentinel reported.

According to a criminal complaint, the woman’s ex-boyfriend, 31-year-old Milwaukee resident Keslin Jean Jacques, said he wouldn’t be liable for posting nude and seminude pictures of the complainant on the Internet as Wisconsin Governor Scott Kevin Walker has yet to sign the bill that outlaws it.

Bad news for Jean Jacques, as Walker had signed the bill into law enactment on April 22, 2014, making Jean Jacques one of the first people to be charged with the crime in Wisconsin.

The criminal offense, which was defined as publishing a sexually explicit image without consent, is categorized as a misdemeanor that can result in incarceration for nine months, and culprits may be required to pay a $10,000 fine.

Should you be charged with a criminal offense in Milwaukee, our legal team at Kohler & Hart, SC, may advocate on behalf of your rights and interests for the best possible result from your case. Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595 for an initial appointment with our legal professionals.

Do I have to provide court testimony?

In criminal cases, many people mistakenly believe that they will have to testify in court. However, you are not required to do so, and oftentimes, your defense attorney may advise against it. It is important to remember, though, that testifying in court in your own defense case is your right, and with the help of a criminal defense attorney, you may wish to consider this option. Also, remember that you have the right to “plead the fifth,” which means that you can refuse to give testimony that would incriminate yourself.

Always discuss potential testimony with your attorney in your criminal defense case. If you are facing criminal charges in Milwaukee, the criminal defense lawyers of Kohler & Hart SC may be able to build you a strong defense, which could include your personal testimony. Contact our offices today to learn more by calling 888-565-7597.

Two Wisconsin girls determined fit to stand trial

A Wisconsin judge has stated that two girls accused of attempted homicide are fit to stand trial, according to reports from People. The two girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, have been accused of near-fatally stabbing a classmate during a game of hide-and-seek, all to appease the fictional online character Slender Man. Payton Leutner, the victim, was stabbed 19 times after a slumber party at Geyser’s home.

Weier’s defense attorney argued that Weier was “mentally unfit” to stand trial, calling on the testimony of two doctors who said she couldn’t “adequately aid her defense.” Wisconsin’s state doctor Robert Rawski, however, came to a different conclusion, and his testimony influenced Judge Michael Bohren to believe Weier comprehended her situation and the charges brought against her enough to stand trial. Geyser’s attorney did not initially dispute the state’s finding, but may use her diagnosis of schizophrenia to claim her mentally unfit.

Weier and Geyser, under Wisconsin law, face criminal charges of attempted homicide and could be tried as adults. Wisconsin law dictates that perpetrators older than 10 may be tried as such, although the girls’ attorneys are working to get the case moved to juvenile court, where penalties would be less severe.

Facing criminal charges in Wisconsin can be frightening, especially as a young adult. The attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC, provide comprehensive and aggressive defense of their clients in Milwaukee. If you have questions about juvenile trials or criminal charges, contact our Milwaukee offices at (414) 271-9595 today. The sooner you act, the better your chances are of receiving a favorable result from your case.

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.