The Milwaukee homicide defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. are widely-recognized for successfully defending those who are facing criminal homicide charges. Criminal homicide can be summarized as the act of unlawfully killing another person. Conviction will dramatically and negatively alter your life and the life of your family. These cases are often very complex and require the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney. If you have been accused or charged with criminal homicide, contact a skilled attorney immediately. Do not make any statements to the police or other law enforcement agencies until speaking with an attorney. It is important to remember that everything you say can be used against you in a court of law.
Since 1993, the criminal defense lawyers at Hart Powell, S.C. have successfully represented thousands of people accused of federal and state crimes in Milwaukee and throughout the state of Wisconsin. We are known throughout the state for our ability to represent our clients well, get their charges dismissed, and negotiate to have their fines or punishments reduced. Our team of attorneys is nationally recognized for their criminal defense efforts, and they have an AVVO 10.0 Superb Rating and have been ranked as SuperLawyers.
Over the last 25 years, Hart Powell, S.C. has grown to become a trusted fixture in the Milwaukee community. Many the people in our office have deep roots in Wisconsin and are passionate about protecting the rights of our fellow Milwaukee residents. The people who seek out our legal help are not just clients; they are our neighbors and friends. If you or someone you love has been charged with criminal homicide, do not wait any longer to seek out help. Contact Hart Powell, S.C. for a free consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys. We will make it our mission to give you the best representation possible in these trying times. Call us at (414) 271-9595, fill out our email form, or chat live with a representative.
Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer
The impact of a homicide charge on your life are severe, and the whole unfortunate situation can change your life forever. After you’ve been accused of homicide, you may be wondering what the consequences will be. A homicide charge could seriously change the course of your life, affect your ability to get a job, strain your relationships with friends and family, and cause emotional distress. We do not recommend that anyone accused of homicide try to represent themselves without a lawyer.
An attorney will be able to investigate your case, explain what you can expect during the trial, and help walk you through the complex legal process surrounding this serious charge. Without an attorney, you have a lower probability of getting your charges dismissed. The legal process can be difficult to understand, especially when you’re dealing with the stress of homicide charges. Let the attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. research your case and develop a well-crafted defense on your behalf.
Types of Cases We Handle
The Milwaukee homicide attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. have represented many clients facing serious criminal charges, including:
- Murder: Murder is the act of killing another person. Our firm has represented clients accused of first-degree and second-degree murder and helped them avoid felony charges and prison time.
- Criminally Negligent Homicide: Criminally negligent homicide is when an individual allows another person to die from criminal negligence. Hart Powell, S.C. has successfully represented people accused and charged with negligent homicide.
- Manslaughter: Manslaughter is the act of killing another person without having malicious intentions to do so beforehand. We have helped clients who have been accused of voluntary and involuntary manslaughter build effective defense strategies.
- Vehicular Manslaughter: Many of our past clients charged with manslaughter after driving drunk or driving recklessly have had their charges reduced or dismissed after retaining the representation of one of our attorneys.
The attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. are prepared to put forth their most aggressive defense tactics to help you fight your homicide charges. We have been able to get reduced sentences and successful acquittals for our clients over the years, and we are prepared to do the same for you.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2015, there were 17,793 homicides in the United States. Firearm homicides caused 12,979 deaths. The FBI reported from figures gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau that there were 55 cases of murder in Milwaukee in 2016 and 2017. Milwaukee had the highest rates of murder of all Wisconsin cities during those two consecutive years.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported on the 2011 rates of homicide in the United States and found that the rate of homicides in the country declined by 49% from 1992 to 2011. In the span of time between 2002 through 2011, The homicide rate for males was 3.6 times that of females. From 2002–2011, people aged 18 to 24 years old experienced a higher homicide rate than any other age group. From 1992-2011 the percentage of homicide victims killed by a firearm remained at 67%. Surprisingly, there was 49% decrease in the rate of homicides that involved a firearm during that time frame. Instances of homicide involved only a single victim 95% of the time between 2002–2011.
The National Center for Victims of Crime state that there were 14,827 police-recorded homicides in the United States in 2012. While this is a little over a 1% increase from the number of murders in 2011, it is over a 10% decrease in the number of murders recorded in 2003. In 2012, police reports showed that 77.7% of murder victims were male while 22.2% of the victims were female. In 14% of homicide cases in 2012, the act was performed in connection with another type of felony, such as rape, robbery, or arson. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reported that 20% of homicide victims were not intimate partners with the murdered individual but were family members, neighbors, or law enforcement officers. In 72% of murder-suicide cases, the people involved were intimate partners.
Why You Should Choose Hart Powell, S.C. to Handle Your Case
Hart Powell, S.C. has nearly three decades of experience in the field of criminal defense. Our lawyers have achieved incredible results for our clients. Our award-winning team of legal professionals sets us apart from other Milwaukee firms. Geoff Misfeldt was included as a “Rising Star” in Milwaukee Magazine for his criminal defense work, and he is licensed to practice in Wisconsin’s state and federal courts. Daniel Sanders won the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and he was recognized with the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators Meritorious Service Award.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one has been charged with homicide in the state of Wisconsin, you need Hart Powell, S.C. by your side every step of the way through your legal journey. Our results speak for themselves, and we are the best chance you have to beat the charges and return to a happy life. The homicide criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. understand the tactics and resources used by the prosecution and take every measure to ensure the protection of your rights throughout the legal process. Our lawyers will work with you to build a thorough and powerful case in your defense.
Our extensive experience handling homicide cases allows us to better understand all of the legal issues surrounding your case. We will question police investigations to make certain that none of your rights were violated and will interview witnesses to ensure that our lawyers have every piece of information needed to fight for your rights. For more information about the exceptional legal services that we provide, contact the Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. by calling (414) 271-9595. The initial consultation is free. Let us help you battle these charges so that you can go on living your life.