Being arrested or charged with a crime is traumatic and nerve-wracking. Whether you committed a crime or have been falsely accused, you have rights that deserve to be protected. Being charged with a crime is a serious matter and can have wide-ranging and long-term repercussions on you and your loved ones’ well-being, your reputation, and your ability to provide for yourself.
At Hart Powell, S.C., we know that everyone deserves competent representation as they fight the charges that have been levied against them. Our experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers have been committed for decades to defending those living in Elm Grove, WI. Call us at (414) 271-9595 today to see how we can help you.
The Types of Federal and State Charges We Can Fight
At Hart Powell, S.C., we’ve handled many different federal and state criminal cases.
We can defend you in the following federal criminal cases:
- Internet sex crimes, including possession or distribution of child pornography, child exploitation, and soliciting a minor
- Drug trafficking and related charges
- Bank and mail fraud
- Medicare and healthcare fraud
- Perjury and obstruction of justice
- Racketeering (RICO) charges
- Non-disclosure agreement violations
- Trademark and copyright infringement
We can also defend you in the following state criminal cases:
- Homicide, murder, and manslaughter
- Sexual assault, rape, incest, molestation, pornography, lewd acts, prostitution, and indecent exposure
- Drug possession, drug manufacturing, and drug distribution
- Armed robbery
- Domestic violence and abuse
- Theft and burglary
- DUIs or OWIs (operating while intoxicated)
- Probation and parole violations
- Juvenile crimes
We also help clients appeal their convictions and can help with pre-indictment investigations.
If you’ve been charged with a state or federal crime, your rights should be protected, and you deserve excellent legal representation. Call Hart Powell, S.C. today at (414) 271-9595 to be represented by experienced Elm Grove criminal defense attorneys.
What it Means to Be Charged with a Crime and What You Should Know
If you’ve been charged with a crime, it means that a local prosecutor believes they have enough evidence to prove you committed a crime. You may have either been arrested for the crime, issued a criminal citation by local or federal law enforcement, or indicted by a state (rare) or federal grand jury.
If you’ve been arrested for a crime, you have the right to remain silent and the right to request a lawyer. It’s important to remember that anything you say to a law enforcement official, prosecutor, or prosecutor’s office official can be used against you in your case. Always consult an attorney before giving any statement to law enforcement officials or officers of the court.
Your charges are either misdemeanors or felonies. Misdemeanor charges in Wisconsin are categorized by classes (Class A, Class B, or Class C) and can carry penalties of up to $10,000 in fines and up to 9 months in jail. Felony charges in Wisconsin are also organized by class
(Classes A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and I) and can carry penalties of up to $100,000 in fines and up to life in prison. Federal misdemeanor and felony charges are also sorted into classes and penalties can range from less than five days’ imprisonment and $5,000 in fines up to life in prison — or death — and $250,000 in fines.
There are statutes of limitations in Wisconsin that dictate how long the state has to file charges against you for a crime. Generally, for felony crimes, the state has six years from the date of the crime to file charges against you. For misdemeanors, the state has three years to file charges. Some crimes, like homicide, sexual assault, and child abuse, have very specific statutes of limitations due to the nature and seriousness of the crime. You cannot be charged with a crime that is outside of the statute of limitations for that crime.
Because the stakes can be so high, it is imperative that you obtain qualified legal representation to protect your rights and help you with your case.
Why You Need Hart Powell, S.C.
Hart Powell, S.C. was founded nearly three decades ago with one mandate: to fight hard to defend anyone accused of a crime. The attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C. have decades of experience representing clients who have been charged with a range of federal and state crimes.
Our attorneys have over half a century of combined experience in criminal and constitutional law. We are also admitted to practice law in various states, and we can represent you in various state, federal and appellate courts. Our success in using our vast knowledge of criminal law and procedures to help our clients in Elm Grove and throughout the Milwaukee metro area has been recognized by various organizations and publications. Our attorneys have been named “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyer magazine and Milwaukee magazine. We’ve secured many favorable decisions in the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Every client can count on receiving our unwavering commitment to them and their case. Hart Powell, S.C. works as a collaborative team to protect the rights of every client and help them fight their charges.
Cases We’ve Won
We’ve helped clients beat numerous federal and state charges either with favorable verdicts or dismissals of charges. These are just some of the charges we’ve helped our clients fight:
- Dismissal of a client’s gun charge, avoiding months of jail time
- Acquittal of a client’s aggravated battery charge, after successfully defending the client in trial
- Acquittal of a client’s sexual assault charge, after successfully defending the client in a jury trial
- Dismissal of a client’s marijuana charge, after successfully arguing that the client’s Fourth Amendment rights were violated
- Dismissal of client’s felony drug charges, after successfully arguing that the client’s Fourth Amendment rights were violated
- Dismissal of felony theft charge, after successfully convincing the prosecutor of client’s innocence
In cases where our clients were convicted of or pleaded guilty to a crime, we’ve helped them receive reduced confinement sentences or probation.
While we’ve successfully represented our clients in the past, we cannot promise any specific outcome in your case. We can promise, however, to fight just as hard for you as we have for every single client we’ve ever represented and to use our vast knowledge and experience to help you.
Call Us Today
It is your constitutional right to be assumed innocent until proven guilty of any crime and to receive adequate representation. The attorneys at [law-firm] have been defending clients who’ve been accused of crimes for decades, and we’ve protected their rights. Your rights should be protected, too. Call the criminal defense attorneys in Elm Grove, WI today at (414) 271-9595 or contact us online for a consultation.