Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 8:47 pm
A third mental evaluation that was supposed to be filed on Monday, May 6, for a 24-year-old Milwaukee resident charged with first-degree intentional homicide after allegedly hammering his mother’s boyfriend to death and stabbing him 13 times was rescheduled for next Monday.
According to a criminal complaint, on November 15, 2012, Olajuawon Bell’s mother awoke to shouts from her boyfriend John Evans, who had been living with her for seven months , and found both her son, who was holding a hammer in his hand, and Evans, who was lying in a puddle of blood on the floor, in the living room.
Last Dec. 13, a doctor’s report found Bell mentally competent; however, a week after the examination was conducted, he pleaded not guilty to the charges. On Jan. 25, 2013, Bell changed his plea to not guilty by reason of mental disease, so the court ordered another examination of his mental state.
The criminal lawyers at Kohler & Hart have experience handling murder charges, such as the ones Bell is facing. Thus if you are facing such charges, call us at 888-565-7597.
Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 6:41 pm
A Milwaukee man is now wanted by the Wauwatosa police as a suspect in the assault of a woman at the Extended Stay America hotel located at W. North Ave. on April 1st.
The man was allegedly shouting threats at his girlfriend through a door and threatened to harm her with a tire iron when hotel staff called police around noon. When police arrived, the suspect had already left the scene, after smashing his girlfriend’s car windows.
Police chased the man as he drove a stolen car towards Mayfair Road and Hwy 45. He headed north at more than 80 miles per hour before exiting towards Capitol Drive, where he lost control of his car.
The suspect was able to evade police after escaping on foot towards Currie Park.
Assault is a serious charge that can carry severe penalties. As such, if you are facing such a criminal charge, speak with the lawyers at Kohler & Hart, S.C., about your defense options. Learn more about what you can do by calling (888) 565-7597.
Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 6:08 pm
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
A felony charge is considered much more serious than a misdemeanor charge. A misdemeanor may result in a prison term of up to one year and include various fines. Although misdemeanors are much less serious than felonies, they will be placed on your criminal record. Common examples of misdemeanor crimes include: disorderly conduct, vandalism, petty theft, prostitution, and public intoxication. A felony charge usually results in a jail term of over one year and includes hefty fines. Felonies, like misdemeanors, are placed on your criminal record. Common examples of felony crimes include: treason, rape, murder, robbery, and kidnapping.
Posted on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 5:11 am
Yesterday,a 25-year-old man who shot two West Allis police officers was sentenced to 32 years in prison. The two officers were wounded in the August 2010 incident.
According to the criminal complaint, when the 25-year-old was in a stand off with police outside of his girlfriend’s apartment, he shot one of the officers twice in the leg and the other once in the foot. One of the officers shot at the 25-year-old, hitting him in the chest and abdomen. After the incident, the man apologized, stating that he was not trying to kill anyone, but rather, he wanted police to kill him. Family members of the suspect said he had recently entered into a deep depression because his mother had committed suicide while in jail.
The 25-year-old plead guilty to attempted first-degree intentional homicide, last November. The man’s jail sentence will be followed by 15 years of supervision.
To learn more about defending yourself against homicide charges, contact the Milwaukee homicide defense lawyers of Kohler & Hart by calling 414-271-9595 today.
Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 4:34 am
Last week, the Milwaukee Police Department released a report on the city’s 2011 crime statistics. According to the report, crime in the city is decreasing at a lower rate than it did when Police Chief Ed Flynn first took office. Last year, property and violent crimes decreased, while arson, theft, auto robbery, and burglary crimes increased.
The report also shows that, since Flynn became police chief in 2007, crimes in all but one of the eight areas of crime reported to federal officials reduced by more than 10 percent. Authorities say that auto thefts most likely increased because the price for scrap metal in the area also increased. Also, the increase in burglaries was linked to buildings abandoned in the foreclosure crisis.
If you are facing criminal charges in Wisconsin, contact the Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys of Kohler & Hart at 414-271-9595 to learn more about how we can help you.
Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 at 4:03 am
Recently, Wisconsin State Representative Jim Ott introduced a bill that proposes making a third OWI offense a mandatory felony. Currently, people in Wisconsin are not charged with a felony until their fifth OWI. However, individuals who are charged with a fourth OWI within 5 years of their 3rd OWI offense will also face felony charges.
The proposed legislation would also make a sixth OWI and other subsequent OWI charges increase in felony category. Fines for each charge would also increase. The bill was introduced before congress’s Assembly Committee on Transportation with testimonies from families of drunk driving accident victims.
If you or someone you know is charged with a DUI or OWI, you will need an experienced lawyer to defend you against these charges. Contact the Milwaukee DUI/OWI attorneys of Kohler & Hart by calling 414-271-9595 today.
Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 4:04 am
An Oshkosh woman was recently charged with 31 counts of theft, forgery, and drug possession after she sold fake Facebook stock. The 46-year old woman told people that she had come into possession of $1 million of Facebook stock through her daughter, whom she claimed was friends with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
For about 4 months before the company announced their IPO, the woman allegedly sold fake stock to several acquaintances, including a contractor working at her home, a vision-impaired Oshkosh man, and two others. The woman paid the contractor with about $13,980 in Facebook stock, and the contractor purchased an additional $10,000 worth of stock. He later admitted that he was skeptical about the transactions because the woman had lied about her own personal information in their papers.
The Oshkosh man paid the woman $43,000 for stock in the social networking website, but never received the stock certificates she promised to mail him. The woman also received about $9,900 from two other men interested in purchasing Facebook stock. While investigating the Oshkosh woman, police discovered that she was growing marijuana at her home, and also charged her with multiple drug crimes.
Contact the Milwaukee theft defense lawyers of Kohler & Hart at 888-565-7597, if you or someone you know is being investigated for theft or other crimes.
Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 5:39 am
Today, the customer who shot an armed robbery suspect at an Aldi grocery store on Monday evening is meeting with Milwaukee prosecutors. The attempted armed robbery occurred at about 7 p.m. at W. Villard Ave. and N. 76th St.
Police arrested two suspects in the attempted robbery, one of whom was shot by a customer at the store who was carrying a handgun. According to witnesses, the injured suspect was pointing a shotgun at the store’s cashiers.
The customer was asked to meet with prosecutors with the district attorney’s office, but was not arrested after the incident. Reports suggest that the customer does have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
If you or someone you know has been charged with armed robbery or another criminal offense, contact the Milwaukee armed robbery attorneys of Kohler & Hart at 414-271-9595 to learn more about how we can help you.
Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 4:46 am
Milwaukee City and County officials recently made partial juvenile probation records available to the Milwaukee Police Department. Authorities decided to make the change after reviewing the juvenile justice system and finding that some serious crimes could have been prevented if they had more information.
Police will now have immediate access to juveniles’ full names, conditions of probation, warrant information, and prior police contacts. The change also means that probation officers can be notified more quickly if a juvenile comes into contact with police while on probation.
Mayor Barrett’s office says more changes to juvenile justice in Milwaukee will be coming in the near future.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense and are seeking an experienced legal defense to represent you in court, contact the Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers of Kohler & Hart by calling 888-565-7597 today.
Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 5:10 am
The state’s largest Martin Luther King Day celebration, the 15th Annual Dr. King, Jr. Breakfast, was held at the Frontier Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee. Around 700 people attended the breakfast on Monday morning to honor the legendary civil rights leader.
Notable guests included Governor Scott Walker, Mayor of Milwaukee Tom Barrett, and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. Every year at the breakfast, an organization is awarded for their commitment to service in the community.
This year, both Independence First and the Brewers Community Foundation were recognized. Awards were given by the Milwaukee YMCA.