13 men arrested on gang related charges

Milwaukee police and he FBI have been working together for quite some time to investigate two Milwaukee gangs, and their efforts culminated in a raid that resulted in the arrests of thirteen Milwaukee men, according to the Journal Sentinel on June 9.

The gangs under investigation are the ATK, which apparently stands for Atkinson Ave., and HPT, an acronym which some investigators say stands for Hustlers, Pimps and Thugs, while others hold that it refers to Hampton Ave. Reports say these two gangs have operated across the north side of Milwaukee for the past two or three years.

Officers recovered ten guns and a “felony quantity” of narcotics, including $21,000 worth of marijuana that they found in one home. The arrested men face federal and state charges on issues of gun and drug violations.

Charges like this are serious and not only affect your reputation, but may also threaten your freedom. For experienced representation on behalf of your defense, enlist the help of the legal team at Kohler & Hart, SC, by calling our Milwaukee offices at (414) 271-9595 today.

Armed Forces Foundation exec investigated for mishandling money

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service are conducting investigations into Armed Forces Foundation executive director Patricia Driscoll, over allegations shown in ESPN’s television program Outside the Lines that Driscoll had been mishandling money from the nonprofit organization.

Among the practices divulged in the Outside the Lines report:

  • The organization’s funds were used like a bank to lend money or pay for personal expenses, including a company owned by Driscoll.
  • There is a mismatch between the foundation’s tax filings and audit reports, making it impossible to account for discrepancies totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • The foundation paid Driscoll and another individual a sum of $96,000 in annual rent for the foundation’s headquarters – which has been cited for direct violation of Washington’s zoning rules.

The foundation and Driscoll have since then hired attorneys to “evaluate potential libel claims for false and defamatory reporting,” and it was noted that, “the one-sided reporting of ESPN makes accusations that are blatantly and demonstrably false.”

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Milwaukee or other areas in Wisconsin, the attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC, may fight on behalf of your rights and interests. Call our offices at (414) 271-9595 today to learn more.

What if officers entered my home without consent?

Since the privacy of your home is protected under your Forth Amendment rights, police officers may only enter and search your home under very specific circumstances. In most cases, you must be presented with a valid search warrant before officers may legally search your home, though there are some exceptions to this general rule. If an officer illegally entered and searched your home, however, any collected evidence will fall under the exclusionary rule and will be inadmissible in court.

If you believe that your rights were violated by officers who illegally search your home, the Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC, may be able to help. To discuss your case with one of our attorneys, please call our Milwaukee offices at (414) 271-9595 today.

The decision of juvenile court would spare teen decades in prison

Forensic psychological experts testified in court on May 26 over the mental state of Anissa Weier, one of the young teenage girls who was accused of stabbing her friend for the favor of an Internet-born creature called Slender Man, the Journal Sentinel Reported.

One of the experts who testified, forensic psychologist Anthony Jurek, said Weier did not display evidence of anti-social behavior that may influence future criminal activity; in fact, her intelligence and verbal acumen may help her respond well to therapy.

If tried in adult court, Weier may face up to 65 years in prison. Juvenile court, however, could allow her to receive individualized attention and supervision until she is 18 and a legal adult.

The attorneys of Kohler & Hart, SC, are dedicated to representing those who have been charged with crimes in Milwaukee. If you are in this situation, we may work on your behalf for the best possible result from your case. Call our offices at (888) 565-7597 today.

Man charged with attempted homicide and battery after domestic dispute

Forty-year-old Little Chute resident Zohn Wang Kun Yang tried to kill his wife by attempting to run her over with a car inside their garage on April 27, WBAY reported.

Yang was arrested by local police in the 400 block of Elm Drive. According to the criminal complaint, Yang and his wife were having a domestic dispute that escalated into him intentionally hitting her with the car as she was walking in the garage.

Yang’s wife incurred critical injuries because of the event and needed to have her leg amputated. Yang was charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide and aggravated battery in Outagamie County court.

The Milwaukee attorneys of Kohler & Hart, SC, provide aggressive representation for those who have been charged with a criminal offense, and we may also be able to defend your rights and interests in court. Call our offices at (414) 271-9595 today to begin taking action to protect your future.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd awaits sentencing for drug charges

Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is currently awaiting criminal sentencing for charges against him, including drug possession and assault. Rudd pleaded guilty for the charges last month, and told Austrailia’s channel nine program, A Current Affair, that he had seen the error in his ways.

“We all make mistakes,” said Rudd. Unfortunately, this mistake cost him the companionship of his ex-band mates, who haven’t contacted him since the incident. The iconic AC/DC recently performed a set at the Coachella music festival to kick off the rocker’s world tour, and Chris Slade, who drummed for AC/DC’s early 90’s live albums, will be replacing Rudd behind the drum set indefinitely.

Rudd’s case has been adjourned until June 26, on which day he will receive criminal sentencing. Rudd hopes for a discharge without conviction, but the jury’s still out on whether the sidelined drummer will ever regain the trust of his band mates.

Addressing criminal charges is often a long and arduous process. At Kohler & Hart, SC, our criminal defense attorneys are prepared to aggressively fight for your rights and your livelihood. If you or someone you love is facing criminal charges, including drug possession or assault, please call our offices at (414) 271-9595 to speak with a representative from our legal team today.

Dennis Brantner Charged in 1990 Murder of High School Girl

An arrest was made for the 1990 homicide of 18-year-old Berit Beck outside of Kenosha. Fond du Lac Sheriff Mick Fink, who has worked on the case for almost 25 years, arrested and charged 61-year-old Dennis Brantner after his fingerprints were found upon a second evaluation of evidence in the case. Brantner was a truck driver at the time of the homicide and was an original primary suspect.

Further inspection of case evidence resulted in the discovery of Brantner’s fingerprints on a soda cup, employee manual, hair bleach kit, and window of Beck’s van. Brantner is now in custody at Fond du Lac County Jail charged with first-degree-murder. His bail is set at $1 million.

The Milwaukee criminal attorneys of Kohler & Hart, SC, are experienced in handling even the most serious criminal charges including homicide, drug possession, and sexual offenses. If you have been charged with homicide or another criminal offense and are in need of experienced legal assistance, call our offices at (414) 271-9595 today.

Dustin Diamond allegedly threatened another person before stabbing

Thirty-eight-year-old actor Dustin Diamond, best known for his portrayal of the character Samuel “Screech” Powers in the television show Saved by the Bell, was charged with second degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct, and carrying a concealed weapon in connection with a stabbing incident that occurred at the Grand Avenue Salloon in Port Washington, New York on Christmas, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on March 19.

According to Diamond, he unintentionally stabbed someone after he came to his fiancee’s rescue, who was allegedly embroiled in an argument with other bar patrons for refusing to take a photograph with them. New reports arose that on the same night but prior to the crime, Diamond threatened to stab another bar patron at Patio Bar & Grill.

Diamond’s trial for the charges is set to commence on Wednesday, May 27.

If you have been charged with a crime in Milwaukee, the attorneys of Kohler & Hart, SC, may be able to offer you critical legal advice as well as aggressive representation on behalf of your defense. Call our offices at (414) 271-9595 today to learn more.

Testimony heard about autopsy results in murder trial

Prosecutors displayed five-year-old Evelyn Miller’s autopsy during the murder trial of 35-year-old Casey Frederiksen on March 6 at the Hamilton County District Court in Wisconsin, the Globe Gazette reported on March 6.

Jerri McLemore, the doctor who performed Evelyn’s autopsy, told the jury that the cause of death of the little girl was sharp-force injuries – stabs and slashes – and that the weapon used to kill her might very well have been a knife.

Items from another suspect, Randy Patrie, were tested for traces of the young girl’s DNA, but none was found. Evelyn’s clothes in particular would be difficult to test, as they were covered in mud and had been through the river.

The attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC, in Milwaukee effectively, competently, and aggressively handle criminal defense cases including murder or homicide, sexual offenses, or drug cases. If you are facing charges like this, it is important to enlist the help of a competent defense team as early on in the process as possible. Call our offices at (414) 271-9595 to learn more.

Suspects in ‘Slender Man’ attempted murder blame each other

Two suspects in an attempted murder case – both young girls – each told the Waukesha County Circuit Court on February 24 that the other was the initiator in a plan to stab to death a classmate, NBC News reported.

The two girls, who were both 12-years-old at the time of the stabbing in May 2014, were questioned separately mere hours after the 12-year-old girl victim was found alive and with stab wounds in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha.

The suspects were arrested while walking by the side of the highway near where the victim was found. Both girls told authorities that they were on their way to the Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin, where they allegedly were going to meet up with the Slender Man.

The Slender Man is an Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen, who goes by the name of Victor Surge online, in 2009. The Slender Man is known for kidnapping and terrorizing people, especially children.

The suspects told authorities that they wanted to kill people who did not believe the Slender Man existed.

Our attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC, in Milwaukee work on behalf of those charged with crimes for the best possible result from that case – ideally a reduction or altogether elimination of the charges. Call our offices at (414) 271-9595 to speak with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys today.