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