Waunakee Criminal Defense Attorneys

Legal Representation for Felonies, Drug Possession, OWIs, and More

Whether you have been accused of a felony crime, drug possession, an OWI/DUI, or another offense, the consequences of a conviction are serious. Potential penalties include confinement, fines, driver’s license suspension, counseling/treatment, and other sanctions. But remember, you are innocent unless proven guilty, and you can fight your charge to seek to avoid or minimize the punishments. Various defenses, such as self-defense, can be raised to challenge criminal allegations. An attorney can evaluate your case to identify possible courses of action.

West & Dunn is a premier law firm providing high-quality legal representation to clients facing charges under state or federal statutes. Our Waunakee criminal defense lawyers recognize the various emotions those accused may be going through. That is why we deliver compassionate counsel, getting to know the people we serve and understanding their goals. We will get a complete picture of the incident by listening to your side of the story and analyzing the evidence. From there, our team can develop a comprehensive legal strategy to pursue a favorable outcome on your behalf.


 

To schedule a consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys in Baraboo, please call (608) 490-9449 or contact us online today.

Fighting Felony Charges

 Generally, in Wisconsin, crimes are categorized as misdemeanors and felonies. Felonies are the more serious of the two, carrying stiff penalties. 

Wisconsin divides felonies into nine classes, penalized as follows:

  • Class A:
    • Life imprisonment
  • Class B:
    • No more than 60 years’ imprisonment
  • Class C: 
    • No more than 40 years' and/or
    • No more than $100,000 in fines
  • Class D: 
    • No more than 25 years' imprisonment and/or
    • No more than $100,000 in fines
  • Class E: 
    • No more than 15 years’ imprisonment and/or
    • No more than $50,000 in fines
  • Class F: 
    • No more than 12 years’ imprisonment and/or
    • No more than $25,000 in fines
  • Class G:
    • No more than 10 years’ imprisonment and/or
    • No more than $25,000 in fines
  • Class H:
    • No more than 6 years’ imprisonment and/or
    • No more than $10,000 in fines
  • Class I:
    • No more than 3 ½ years’ imprisonment and/or
    • No more than $10,000 in fines

In comparison, the highest classification of misdemeanors (Class A) is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 9 months. 

Various offenses can be charged as felonies. Examples include:

  • Battery causing substantial bodily harm through an act intended to cause bodily harm (Class I)
  • False imprisonment (Class H)
  • Intimidating a witness (Class G)
  • Burglary (Class F)
  • First-degree sexual assault (Class B)

At West & Dunn, we stand up for and protect our client's rights, regardless of their charges. We get to know the person behind the allegations to develop an individualized defense strategy. 

Please contact us at (608) 490-9449 to learn about your defense options.

Accused of Drug Possession?

In Wisconsin, it is illegal to possess a controlled substance unless the individual has a valid prescription for it. The penalties for drug possession vary depending on the type of drug and the number of previous violations. For instance, possessing a Schedule I or II narcotic drug or methamphetamine is a Class I felony. In contrast, possession of other drugs is a misdemeanor.

The defenses that may be mounted in a drug possession case depend on the facts. For example, the defendant could argue that they did not know that a controlled substance was on or near them. Or investigators might have conducted an unlawful search and seizure, causing the evidence they collected to be suppressed.

Whatever your situation, our criminal defense lawyers in Waunakee want to hear your side of the story.

Speak with us about your case. Call (608) 490-9449 or arrange an appointment by contacting us online.

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Defending Against DUI

A person could be charged with driving under the influence if they operated a vehicle while their blood alcohol concentration was 0.08% or higher. They may also face allegations if they drove while their ability to drive a car safely was impaired because they consumed alcohol and/or a controlled substance.

DUIs come with a range of penalties. First-time violators may be subject to:

  • Fines
  • Driver’s license revocation
  • Drug and alcohol treatment

The punishments can increase for each subsequent offense. 

At West & Dunn, we have extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system and leverage our insights to deliver the legal counsel our clients need. We leave no stone unturned as we pursue legal avenues to seek optimal results.

Reach out to us by calling (608) 490-9449 or submitting an online contact form.

Self-Defense Is Not a Crime

A person might find themselves in a situation where they reasonably believe that they or another individual is in imminent danger of serious harm by someone else. Looking to protect themselves or others, they might display a firearm or other weapon. 

Unfortunately, even though these individuals are only trying to prevent injury from befalling them or another, they end up facing criminal charges. We are members of the Critical Response Team for the U.S. Concealed Carry Association and fight to protect our clients’ rights. Our Waunakee criminal defense attorneys defend those who have acted in self-defense.

To schedule a free consultation with a member of our team, please contact us at (608) 490-9449 today.

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