What are the penalties for a theft conviction?

Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 3:34 pm    

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 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 888-565-7597 today to learn more.

Robbery suspect faces charges for the death of his accomplice

Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 3:13 pm    

Tedric Sanders, 20, was charged with felony murder after his accomplice in robbery was killed by a Milwaukee store employee, the Journal Sentinel reported on August 19.

If convicted of felony murder, Sanders could face up to 41 years of imprisonment since he was a repeat felony offender. According to the criminal complaint, Sanders and Joshua Drake attempted to burglarize a store that sells eyeglasses in Milwaukee on August 14. However, the store worker was prepared, and he shot Drake. Under the law, Sanders can be held responsible for Drake’s death because he was involved in the crime that led to it.

When charged with a felony, it is critical to quickly retain the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. The legal team at Kohler & Hart, SC, is dedicated to fighting on behalf of our clients for the most favorable result. Call our Milwaukee offices at 888-565-7597 today to begin building your defense.

When should I acquire representation from a criminal defense lawyer?

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 2:20 pm    

In almost every circumstance, it is highly advisable that you retain legal representation as early on in the criminal investigation process as possible. If you believe that you are being investigated for a criminal offense, it may be critical to seek representation from an experienced criminal defense lawyer before any charges have been formally filed against you. Otherwise, if you have already been charged with a crime, you should retain the services of a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

In many cases, the services of an experienced attorney may help reduce or altogether eliminate the charges brought against you. The criminal defense lawyers at Kohler & Hart, SC, are dedicated to upholding the rights of any individual accused of committing any crime throughout the entire legal process, and may be able to help you. It is easy to feel overwhelmed when facing criminal charges, but you do not have to fight these allegations alone. Contact our offices at 888-565-7597 today for a confidential consultation.

Suspect in suitcase murders scheduled for appearance at Kenosha County court

Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014 at 3:14 pm    

Former West Allis, Wisconsin police officer Steven Zelich, linked to the deaths of 37-year-old Laura Simonson and 19-year-old Jenny Gamez, may face new charges in Kenosha County, WSN12 reported on August 4.

Although homicide charges have yet to be filed against him, police are allegedly building their case against him. He has been charged with hiding a corpse and is currently held on bail. According to preliminary investigations, both of the women died during allegedly consensual sexual acts with Allis. Allis then hid both of their bodies in suitcases, which were then found by the side of a road in Walworth County.

The attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC, believe that every individual is entitled to a fair trial, and we tirelessly fight for the best possible result for our Milwaukee clients. If you are facing serious criminal charges, it is important to enlist experienced legal help as soon as possible. Call our offices at 888-565-7597 today to learn about the options for your defense.

Defense attorney protests camera at 17-year-old’s trial

Posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at 1:39 pm    

At the trial of 17-year-old Demetrius Brown for the burglary of a Milwaukee Walgreens, defense attorney Christian Eichenlaub protested the presence of cameras due to Brown’s age, Fox6 reported on July 23.

Court Commissioner Maria Dorsey said she saw nothing particularly sensitive about this case and believed that the one camera present was not a problem. Eichenlaub requested that the judge review Dorsey’s opinion before moving forward.

Four individuals were caught on camera entering the Walgreens and leaving later with store products. Brown’s fingerprints were found at the scene, and he made statements that seem to admit to the crime. Prior to this charge, Brown had three felony burglary charges as a juvenile.

If you are facing criminal charges in Milwaukee, it is important to enlist the assistance of an experienced criminal defense team as soon as possible. The attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC, are dedicated to protecting the rights of clients like you in court. To discuss your case, call our offices at 888-565-7597 today.

Additional mental exam for 12-year-old girl stabbing case suspect halted

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 1:01 pm    

Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren reversed his previous order of a mental examination for one of the two 12-year-old stabbing suspects from Wisconsin who stabbed another 12-year-old girl, NBC Chicago reported on July 9.

The criminal complaint against the suspects alleges that the girls lured their friend to a park west of Milwaukee on May 31 and stabbed her 19 times to please an internet character called the Slender Man. The victim survived, and the two suspects are facing charges of attempted intentional homicide.

In a hearing last week, Bohren granted prosecutor Susan Opper’s request to have the suspect undergo a mental examination to determine the girl’s state of mind during the stabbing incident on May 31 amid protests by defense attorney Anthony Cotton. Cotton argued that this would not be right because the girl has not yet decided to plead insanity. If she chooses to, then a mental exam of this nature would be appropriate. The results of her exam otherwise would violate the suspect’s right to remain silent.

The knowledgeable, aggressive, and experienced attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC, in Milwaukee have been handling criminal defense cases for over 30 years now. To learn more how we can put our skills to work for your case, call our offices at 888-565-7597 today.

Clayton Courtney receives $500,000 bond for homicide charge

Posted on Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 4:33 pm    

Twenty-eight-year-old Janesville resident Clayton Courtney, charged with first-degree intentional homicide for the killing of 21-year-old Britney Cross, was set a $500,000 bond by Court Commissioner Steve Meyer at Courtney’s initial court appearance on June 20, the GazetteXtra reported.

According to a criminal complaint filed on the same day of Courtney’s court appearance, a witness said he saw Courtney and Cross arguing at Traxler Park the afternoon Cross’ body was discovered near the bridge. Not long after, the man said he saw Courtney walking on Main Street, and he allegedly seemed paranoid.

Assistant District Attorney Richard Sullivan believes that the murder case against Courtney is extremely solid.

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, the experienced attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC, can provide you with a comprehensive legal defense that could be key to achieving the most favorable result possible from your case. Call our offices today at 888-565-7597 to discuss your situation and the legal assistance we can provide you.

Milwaukee woman pleads guilty to killing 14-month-old son

Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2014 at 4:58 pm    

Milwaukee resident Nora Zylstra, 37, plead guilty to first-degree reckless homicide regarding the death of her 14-month-old son.

The charges stem from allegations that she suffocated her 14-month-old son, Leonidas Fisher, with a pillow at their home on March 9, 2014. The child’s body was discovered in his crib during a welfare check that was called in to the police.

Zylstra suffers from mental illness and was entered into a plea bargain, reducing her charge from first-degree intentional homicide to first-degree reckless homicide.

Deja Vishny, Zylstra’s defense attorney, said that even if her client is suffering from a mental illness and is currently taking medication for her condition, she has the absolute competency to proceed with the trial and is “more than anxious to resolve this case”.

If you have recently been charged with a criminal offense, it is no question that experienced legal help is essential to your future. Our Milwaukee attorneys at Kohler & Hart can fight for you. Get in touch with us today by calling our offices at 888-565-7597.

Attorney Michael F. Hart Secures Reduced Charges and Sentencing for S.C. Johnson Heir

Posted on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 3:05 pm    

Attorney Michael F. Hart with Kohler & Hart, SC, along with Craig Powell and Geoff Misfeldt, helped billionaire Samuel Curtis “Curt” Johnson III, secure significantly reduced charges in a recent high profile prosecution that lasted over three years. Johnson was originally facing aggravated felony charges, but on June 6, 2014, he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanor charges. As a product of his plea, Johnson will serve a sentence of four months in jail and pay $6,000 in fines.

The Assistant District Attorney handling the case pursued the maximum penalties for these misdemeanors, which would have amounted to a year in jail for Johnson. However, Johnson’s attorney Michael F. Hart argued that a far lesser sentence was appropriate, stating that the harshest penalties should be reserved for serious, repeat offenders. He noted that this was Johnson’s first offense and that other than this incident, he had been a productive member of society.

Circuit Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz agreed with Hart’s sentencing recommendation and rejected the prosecutor’s recommendation. As a result, he will not have to register as a sex offender.

You can read more about this case by clicking here.

Pistorius begins month-long psychiatric evaluation

Posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 3:35 pm    

Twenty-seven-year-old Olympic marathon runner Oscar Pistorius started his month-long psychiatric evaluation at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa on May 26, Tulsa’s Channel 8 reported.

Judge Thokozile Masipa ordered the hospital to find out if Pistorius exhibited any kind of mental disorder when he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp multiple times through a bathroom door in his home on Feb. 14, 2013. The hospital’s findings could affect whether Pistorius can be held criminally liable for the act he committed or not. Pistorius, currently out on bail, must visit the hospital from 9 a.m. up to 4 p.m. every weekday for a month. Otherwise, he resides at his uncle’s home. Some experts believe Pistorius should be receiving 24-hour clinical observation and question whether his star athlete status may be giving him special treatment.

Our attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin are committed to legally representing clients who have been charged with a criminal offense. Call our offices today at 888-565-7597.