Sexual assault victim recants complaint

The Milwaukee Police Department in Wisconsin has wrapped up the investigation and interviews regarding the sexual assault of a 12-year-old female in the area of 23rd and National Avenue.

After the alleged victim has recanted her statement, the police released the five male suspects that they held in custody.

The incident happened at around 4 p.m. on Monday, August 29 near South 23rd Street and West National Avenue, which is located a mere few blocks away from Mitchell Park on the city’s south side.

Our attorneys at Kohler Hart Powell, SC, who provide legal services for our clients in Milwaukee, handle criminal defense cases such as drug possession, sexual assault, assault, operating while intoxicated, homicide/murder, and gun crimes, among others. Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595.

Evidence to be DNA tested 11 years after man is convicted of murder

Bits of evidence used to convict a man of a 2005 murder are now being called into question, nearly 11 years after the crime occurred.

Human remains, blood droplets, a spare key, and a car’s blinker light are among the evidence that is resurfacing in the murder of Teresa Halbach on Halloween of 2005. The man who was convicted of the murder, Steven Aery, 54, has agreed to this extensive testing. His attorney says that no guilty person would want this degree of testing done as it can be rather expensive.

Avery is currently serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole as a result of this conviction. His attorney is seeking to use DNA testing to argue that a lot of the evidence against him was planted or otherwise misused to unfairly convict him. A new filing in Manitowoc County Circuit Court claims that Avery is innocent and that additional DNA testing of various pieces of evidence can provide strong enough doubt to exonerate him.

Avery’s attorney is currently seeking a judge’s permission to have numerous pieces of evidence tested this way. She says that that she says would exonerate Avery, who is currently sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole.

If you are facing charges of homicide or murder, you will need a dedicated attorney on your side. An attorney can help you through every step of the criminal defense process. To speak with a murder lawyer from Kohler Hart Powell, SC, call (414) 271-9595.

Milwaukee strip club owner indicted on charges of money laundering, cocaine dealing

Jon Ferraro, owner of the strip club franchise Silk Exotic located in Milwaukee, Middleton in Dane County, and Juneau in Dodge County, Wisconsin, has been charged in a racketeering case that focuses on the Russian mob, a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel showed.  Ferraro recently got a nearly $100 million settlement from Milwaukee because he was formerly prohibited from opening a club there.

Ferraro had been indicted with seven other men in the state of California as part of a case that involved money laundering and cocaine dealing that spanned several states and featured a dozen people.

The case, which was nicknamed the Russian Laundry, started gaining traction in 2015. Ferraro’s role in the case was not given away publicly by federal agents investigating the case, other than what was revealed in a sealed cellphone tracking warrant that was made available to the federal public court in Milwaukee.

If you had been charged with a criminal offense in Milwaukee – whether it be a federal or a state crime – you can count on our attorneys at Kohler Hart Powell, SC to come up with a comprehensive legal defense strategy to be sure to get you acquitted or obtain the least possible punishment for your charge. Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595.

Wisconsin girl responsible for Slender Man attack pleads not guilty

Fourteen-year-old Morgan Geyser, who is one of the girls charged with stabbing her classmate, Payton Leutner, back in May 2014, pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to charges of first-degree intentional homicide. The plea occurred on Friday, August 19 in the Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Geyser and another girl, also fourteen, allegedly attempted to kill Leutner so they could gain favor with the fictitious character Slender Man. Judge Michael Bohren ordered two doctors to examine Geyser. Other experts have already testified that Geyser was suffering from schizophrenia and oppositional defiant disorder.

Tony Cotton, Geyser’s legal counsel, said that if the court rules Geyser mentally deficient, she will have to stay at a mental hospital. If she is found mentally fit, she will stay in prison for up to 40 years and have another 20 years on extended supervision.

The attorneys at Kohler Hart Powell, SC provide legal services to clients in Milwaukee and other areas of Wisconsin and handle criminal defense cases such as homicide and murder. We understand that a criminal conviction can hurt one’s professional and personal life. That is why we make it our duty to prove our clients’ innocence, or obtain for them the lightest punishment possible. Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595 to discuss your case.

Making a Murderer suspect’s conviction dropped

On Friday, August 12, United States Magistrate Judge William Duffin of Milwaukee tossed out the conviction of 16-year-old Brendan Dassey, who was accused of helping his uncle, Steven Avery, murder a woman in 2005. The case was examined in the Netflix series Making a Murderer.

Duffin said prosecutors have 90 days to initiate proceedings to retry Dassey, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. Duffin said Dassey’s original legal counsel, Leonard Kachinsky, had an attitude that was “inexcusable both tactically and ethically.” Dassey was initially found guilty of homicide, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse.

Avery, who previously was imprisoned for 18 years when he was wrongfully convicted of rape, was found guilty of the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. At the time of Halbach’s murder, Avery had a wrongful conviction case against local authorities, and his attorneys believe that evidence in the Halbach case was planted by local law enforcement as retaliation for his lawsuit.

The attorneys at Kohler Hart Powell, SC handle criminal defense cases for clients in Milwaukee and other areas of Wisconsin. We are experienced and effective at crafting the best legal strategies for each of our cases. Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595 to discuss your legal options.

Janesville Pharmacist Arraigned in Million Dollar Fraud Scheme

Mark Johnson, a pharmacist operating out of Janesville, WI, is being brought in on federal fraud charges after reportedly withholding $1 million from Medicaid and Medicare. The federal grand jury in Madison issued a 46-count indictment that included accusations of falsifying prescriptions for federal reimbursement, lying to auditors and identity theft.

Johnson, 55, is the owner and president of Kealey Pharmacy and Home Care in Janesville. Much of the fraud evidence was found when the pharmacy was raided by the Department of Health and Human Services back in 2014.

Johnson is being brought up ion 39 health care fraud charges, each with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, as well as false statements charges with maximum penalties of 5 years and six identity theft charges with mandatory penalties of 2 years in prison.

The attorneys at Kohler Hart Powell, SC have defended many a case like this and can use our experience to help you with your defense case. You can call our Milwaukee offices at (414) 271-9595 to consult with one of our attorneys today.

Bail Increased for 17-Year-Old Facing Felony Charges

A judge raised the bail to $100,000 for a Milwaukee teenager suspected in seven felonies, including a triple shooting, two armed robberies, and three carjackings. Avan Kittler was previously released on June 14 on $10,000 bail, sparking concerns and public debates. After obtaining a search warrant based on an incriminating Facebook video, Kittler was arrested again on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a weapon on June 17. His bail was amended to $100,000 on June 22.

Evidence on Kittler’s Facebook chats suggests he had been buying and selling drugs, stolen cars, and weapons as far back as May 2015. Matthew Lawrence Long, 22, was also charged in the cases. His bail was set at $201,000 and he has not been released.

If you have been charged with serious crimes, take action as soon as possible by seeking legal representation. Attorneys at Kohler Hart Powell, SC, have experience representing individuals in criminal cases. Call our offices at (414) 271-9595 to discuss your situation.

Milwaukee man escapes trial by cutting off monitoring ankle bracelet

Milwaukee, Wisconsin resident Robert Dorgay, who is facing seven criminal charges – second-degree sexual assault, battery, false imprisonment, resisting arrest, strangulation, intimidation, and bail jumping – allegedly cut off his monitoring bracelet and did not make a court appearance on Tuesday, July 26.

Dorgay’s legal counsel, Nathan Opland-Dobs, said it is possible that Dorgay was not trying to elude trial, noting, “They found a GPS (global positioning system) bracelet cut off, tossed into a field, and that he is not here. The state asks you to interpret that as consciousness of guilt…that’s speculation. We don’t know why Mr. Dorgay is not here.”

The court decided to continue without Turgay on Thursday, July 28, and at around 3 p.m., the jury started to deliberate.

According to a criminal complaint, Dorgay strangled his girlfriend inside a hotel room in July 2014, forcing her to write a letter that would recant her statement which accused him of a crime.

If you have been accused of or charged with federal or state criminal matters in Milwaukee or other areas in Wisconsin, you should always make sure that your legal defense is handled by a criminal defense attorney who has garnered enough experience on the matter, like our competent lawyers at Kohler Hart Powell, SC. Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.

South Milwaukee Man Charged for Fifth OWI

A 31-year-old man from South Milwaukee was arrested on Friday, July 1st after operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Brandon M. Holtz appeared in court a few days later and received an OWI felony charge for the fifth time as well as a misdemeanor for operating a vehicle without a license.

Holtz was seen at two o’clock in the morning on Friday traveling 20 mph over the speed limit on an interstate highway. He did not stop for the state trooper’s patrol lights, and was finally apprehended after pulling into a gas station. If found guilty, Holtz faces up to $10,000 in fines, up to 6 years in prison, further revocation of his license, and the installation of an ignition interlock device for up to 3 years.

Criminal accusations are serious and can result in long-term consequences that affect employability, residence options, and citizen rights. The legal team at the Kohler Hart Powell, SC has the knowledge and experience to provide you with quality criminal defense. Call our Milwaukee offices today at (414) 271-9595 to discuss your case and explore your legal options.

Woman Charged with Kidnapping, Homicide Pleads Not Guilty

Earlier this summer, Tiffany Lynn Simmons was charged with first-degree homicide, one count of kidnapping, and one count of hiding a corpse. She has recently pleaded not guilty even though she reportedly admitted to the crime to the police during interrogations.

The killing took place after a dispute between Tess White, the victim, and Simmons occurred; White was accused by Simmons to have been “pinching their dope bag,” while Simmons was reported to have used the victim’s bank card to steal $200 from her account, further escalating the situation. After the murder, Simmons and her accomplice were also accused of relocating the corpse to a farm field in North Dakota where they allegedly attempted to cremate the body to destroy evidence. An autopsy later revealed the identity of White and that she had been 10 weeks pregnant when she was killed.

The lawyers at Kohler Hart Powell, SC firmly believe that in our legal system a suspect is innocent until proven guilty. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, our experienced attorneys can assist you in creating a strong legal defense for your case. Contact our office at (414) 271-9595 to speak with our distinguished attorneys today.

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