Handling Multiple Criminal Cases in Wisconsin Circuit Courts & Federal District Courts Throughout the United States
The Law Offices of Scott A. Wales, LLC in Milwaukee, WI provides legal representation services to clients facing serious criminal charges. As a criminal defense lawyer, I will gather the necessary evidence and supporting information to provide you with the best defense to pursue on your behalf
The first thing that will regulate your sentence is the law. These outline maximum penalties are allowed for offenses with different severity. Obviously, you will not serve a life sentence for shoplifting. Even if the judge doesn’t like you, this won’t happen because of the statutes.
Some offenses, particularly felony charges, may have mandatory minimum penalties under the Wisconsin law. However, in most cases, reading the statutes won’t give you a realistic assessment of what is likely to happen to you if you are found guilty.
Wisconsin Felony Penalties
Felonies are one of the most serious criminal offenses that carries the harshest potential sentence.
Wisconsin Criminal Sentencing Procedures
You may be anticipating some closure upon the arrival of your sentence date. Chances are you are frightened of what your future may hold, particularly if you are facing imprisonment. This is no time for uncertainty. As your attorney, I can help you set your expectations to help you prepare for the trial.
- When determining your sentence, a judge will consider many factors including your criminal history, if any, employment status, education level, ties to the community, family responsibilities, your health, along with a myriad of other information to help the court in determining an appropriate sentence. Remember to keep in mind that “no two people are alike’ and therefore each person is entitled to a fair and particularized sentence by the court.
In addition to looking to the statutes for guidance, the judge may also order a pre-sentence investigation prior to sentencing. This investigation and subsequent report give the judge insight into your past and current situation. A probation officer will look into the following details:
Wisconsin Criminal Court Process
Being called into court to face criminal charges is frightening. For most people, it is their first exposure to the Wisconsin criminal justice system. You are probably unsure of what to expect throughout the criminal process which only adds up to your stress. As your attorney, it is my job to keep you informed at every stage of the game.
I want you to be informed of the process so you are as comfortable as possible during these trying times. There may be other dates and some Wisconsin courts may handle the process slightly different. As your attorney, I will make sure to keep you informed about what is going to happen.
Your arrest typically takes place after the police serve you a warrant or when a law enforcement agent makes an arrest at the scene of an alleged crime. What happens at and after your arrest is very important to me. The police are required to follow the procedural rules to protect your constitutional rights. From reading your Miranda rights to any searches they might perform, the police must follow the rules of the state precisely.
As your criminal defense lawyer, I am interested in learning exactly how your arrest happened. I want to know what was said and what actions the police took. I want to be certain that your rights were not violated.
At your first appearance, the judge will address bail. This serves as an insurance that you will return on your future court dates. For example, the judge will conduct an evaluation to determine if you are likely to flee the country in order to avoid criminal prosecution.
However, if the judge thinks you are a good candidate, you might be required to present money that will serve as a collateral for your future appearances in court. This is not the only opportunity for bail to be addressed. As your attorney, I can revisit this issue with the judge later in the case.
Preliminary Hearing for Felony Cases
A preliminary hearing is required in felony cases. Although in some circumstances, your attorney may recommend you to waive the hearing. This is to determine if there is enough probable cause that the defendant has probably committed a felony or felonies and if the court determines the answer in the affirmative the case is bound over to the trial court where a trial can be scheduled or if necessary the parties can attempt to negotiate a resolution of the case if it is in the best interests of the client. Again, a preliminary hearing is a limited in scope evidentiary hearing where the prosecution is required to present evidence, even if it is hearsay, to establish that the defendant has probably committed a felony or felonies.
The judge will determine if there is enough evidence to cause a reasonable belief that you committed the crime. If the judge determines that a probable cause is present, your case will be bound over to the circuit court.
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Please contact me to discuss your case, and I can give you a realistic assessment of the penalties and charges that you may face in this kind of situation. I can lay down all the benefits and risks of pleading guilty versus fighting the charges against you. My initial case evaluation is free. Schedule a consultation with me today.