Baraboo Criminal Defense Attorneys
Zealously Defending Those Accused of Crimes
You need a criminal defense lawyer if you have been charged with a crime. An attorney with experience in the justice system can deliver sound counsel at every step of your case. Their advice and guidance can help you avoid making costly missteps. Additionally, your attorney can build a legal strategy tailored to your unique situation by examining and analyzing the facts and listening to your side of the story. When you’re looking for legal representation, it’s crucial to hire someone who has handled cases similar to yours, as they can provide insights into the legal process.
At West & Dunn, our Baraboo criminal defense lawyers understand what’s at stake in these matters. That is why we act quickly to protect our clients’ rights and freedoms. We employ a comprehensive approach that begins with listening to our client’s sides of the story. From there, we conduct a complete investigation to determine courses of action to pursue a favorable outcome on our client’s behalf. We work closely with those we help, delivering clear and honest answers to questions and concerns, which allows our clients to make informed and confident decisions about how we proceed.
Why Do You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney?
In a criminal matter, your future and freedom are at stake. The justice system can be hard to navigate, and a wrong move at any stage in your case can adversely impact the result. A criminal defense lawyer can provide guidance through the process, explain your charge, discuss possible outcomes, and highlight available legal avenues to pursue an optimal result. By shedding light on some of the unknowns, they can ease some of your worries and make your situation less overwhelming.
Although you have been charged with a crime, you still have rights. Unfortunately, not many criminal defendants are aware of all their legal protections. Above all else, a criminal defense lawyer protects the rights of the accused and facilitates a fair justice process. They can seek remedies for miscarriages of the law and attack illegal or improper government actions.
For example, if the police conducted an unlawful search and seizure, a criminal defense lawyer may file a motion to suppress the evidence obtained. If the court grants the motion, the evidence may be inadmissible, and the prosecutor’s case may be weakened. This might not lead to a case dismissal, but it could make it harder for the prosecutor to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
At West & Dunn, we vigorously defend our clients and safeguard their constitutional protections.
Cases We Handle
When choosing an attorney, hiring someone with experience tackling cases like yours is crucial. That way, you can be confident they understand the particulars of the justice system as it pertains to your matter and can establish reasonable expectations.
Our criminal defense lawyers in Baraboo provide representation for an array of charges, including the following:
- Felonies: Wisconsin has nine classes of felonies. The penalties range from a maximum of three and a half years in prison (for the lowest class) to life imprisonment (for the highest class). Examples of felonies include, but are not limited to, first-degree intentional homicide, aggravated battery, burglary, sexual assault, and stalking.
- Drug possession: This charge is levied when someone has control of a drug, including a prescription medication without a valid prescription. Whether the offense is a misdemeanor or felony depends on the type of drug. For example, possession of a Schedule I or II narcotic substance is a Class I felony, whereas possession of other drugs generally is a misdemeanor.
- OWI/DUI: A person can be charged with operating while intoxicated (commonly referred to as driving under the influence) when they are impaired by an intoxicant or controlled substance or have a prohibited blood alcohol concentration. Depending on whether the defendant has a previous OWI conviction, the penalties can include a fine, incarceration, and/or driver’s license revocation.
Our Baraboo criminal defense attorneys can deliver the legal representation needed to fight even the most severe charges.
When to Call a Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been accused of a crime, reach out to an attorney right away. Even if charges have not been filed yet, an experienced lawyer can begin their research and provide advice on dealing with law enforcement officials during the investigation. They may also be able to negotiate with the prosecutor to seek to resolve the case before it goes to court.
The sooner you call a lawyer, the more time they have to build a strong defense strategy. Please do not hesitate to contact our team at West & Dunn if you find yourself in legal trouble. Our attorneys are passionate about serving others during difficult times. We have assisted hundreds of individuals and know how to handle various cases, from drug possession to OWIs.
To learn more about our defense services in Baraboo, please contact us at (608) 490-9449.
I am grateful they took my case and I highly recommend them.- Andrew L.
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The professional skills and commitment Attorney Dunn has consistently shown in each of my appeals is confirmed by her success.- Tedd Welch, Vietnam Veteran
They were extremely responsive, professional and honest.- Michael B.