Man takes plea deal in Grand Chute homicide

Posted on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 8:29 pm    

On Thursday, March 27 Michael Potts accepted a last-minute plea bargain deal before his case went to trial. In 2008, Potts was charged with homicide for a 2008 murder that took place in Grand Chute.

According to Post-Crescent Media, Potts took the deal hours before his Thursday trial and, instead, was found guilty of new charges, first-degree reckless homicide, possessing a firearm as a felon, and jumping bail.

District Attorney Carrie Schneider said the prosecution panel will suggest a 20-year jail term for Potts. However, Judge John McGinnis can still give the maximum 40-year sentence for imprisonment.

If you have been charged with a crime in Appleton, you could benefit from the knowledge of a skilled defense attorney. The lawyers at Kohler, Hart & Priebe defend people in Appleton that face serious charges. Call our offices today at 414-271-9595 to discuss your legal options with a member of our team.

Indianapolis Colts owner arrested for OWI

Posted on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 5:15 pm    

Indianapolis Colts owner, Jim Irsay, 54, was arrested on Sunday, March 16 for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI). Irsay was also charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance.

According to police accounts, Irsay was stopped after police observed multiple instances of reckless driving,, including making sudden stops, driving at a dramatically reduced speed, and failing to signal. Lieutenant Joe Bickel of the Carmel Police Department said that Irsay failed several sobriety tests.

In response to the arrest, the National Football League (NFL) stated that Irsay will face conduct and disciplinary measures.

If you have been accused of driving drunk, you could face serious consequences. The attorneys at Kohler, Hart & Priebe, defend Appleton drivers that have been charged with a drunk driving offense. Call our offices at 414-271-9595 to discuss your case with a member of our legal team.

Kakauna man charged with sexual assault

Posted on Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 4:13 pm    

Wisconsin resident Ryan Collins, 32, has been charged with repeated sexual assault and child enticement for having an affair with a 13-year-old girl. Preliminary hearings against Collins started on Friday, March 7.

Fox Valley Metro Police Officer, Jeff Nett, said the unidentified girl told the police that two weeks following  their initial meeting, Collins took her back to his house where they engaged in sexual activities.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl told Collins that she was 18 or 19 years old when they first met. Collins told police that he didn’t know she was underage until after the girl’s mother called him to say the girl was pregnant.

Facing criminal charges can be extremely stressful. If you have been accused of a serious crime in Appleton, the attorneys at Kohler, Hart & Priebe could make a significant difference in the outcome of your trial. Call 414-271-9595 to discuss your legal options with a member of our team.

 

4-H volunteer faces sexual assault charges

Posted on Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 6:03 pm    

A volunteer for the 4-H program in Calumet County has been charged with two counts of child enticement and sexual assault of a teenage girl.

Chance J. Ujazdowski, 30, of Hortonville could be sentenced to 62 years in prison if he is found guilty of all of the charges filed against him. The charges against Ujazdowski are related to incidents that occurred in Outagamie County. Allegedly, Ujazdowski initiated an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl involved in the 4-H program.

Assistant District Attorney Peter Han noted that, aside from the two incidents of sexual assualt in Outagamie County, there had been other incidents in a different county that occurred in February of 2013. Ujazdowski’s defense attorney, James Long, asked the court to assign a bond for his client based only on the Outagamie County charges.

If you have been charged with severe criminal charges, hiring legal counsel could optimize a favorable outcome in court. The attorneys of Kohler, Hart & Priebe represent Appleton people that face criminal charges. Call 414-271-9595 to speak with a member of our legal team.

Florida Representative resigned after drug possession charges

Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 3:15 pm    

First-term Florida Representative, Trey Radel, announced his resignation on Monday, January 27. Radel faced pressure from fellow congressmen to resign after a November 2013 arrest relating to cocaine possession.

Radel said “it is my belief that I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States Representative to the place I love and call home, Southwest Florida.” To a letter that he addressed to House of Representative Speaker and Ohio Rep. John Boehner, Radel apologized for his arrest in Washington, D.C.

Political news site Politico first covered the news of his resignation, which was confirmed by Radel’s aide. Radel had first dismissed the issue and returned to Congress earlier this month.

Criminal charges can threaten to ruin the convicted party’s personal and professional relationships. If you are facing criminal charges in Appleton, the experienced lawyers of Kohler, Hart & Priebe have the knowledge and confidence to represent their clients. Call 414-271-9595 to speak with a member of our legal team today.

 

 

Former Kohler Company employee charged with embezzlement

Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 9:09 pm    

On Friday, January 17, Kirk Riddle, a former employee of Kohler Co., was sentenced to 90 days in jail for embezzlement and theft.

In addition to prison time, Riddle was sentenced to three years of probation. He allegedly embezzled $117,000 from his employer to pay for escort services. In addition, he stole two $6,000 toilets from his company to install in his home.

During his hearing, Riddle thanked Kohler Co. and apologized for taking advantage of their finances. Riddle’s attorney cited alcoholism as the reason for Riddle’s behavior.

Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Timothy Van Akkeren subtracted the 41 days that Riddle had already served from his 90-day jail term.

If you have been accused of a criminal offense in Appleton, the attorneys of Kohler, Hart & Priebe could make a significant impact in the outcome of your trial. Call 414-271-9595 to speak with a member of our legal team today about your options.

 

“Jihad Jane” sentenced to 10 years in jail

Posted on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 at 8:22 pm    

A woman who is a citizen of the United States and who admitted to plotting to kill a Swedish artist for allegedly offending Muslims received a sentence of 10 years in jail. Fifty-year-old Colleen Larose, who admitted that she was involved in a plot to kill the artist, is known online as “Jihad Jane.”

Larose was formerly potentially facing a life in prison, but the judge handling her case approved a government petition to have her sentence reduced due to the assistance she gave to federal investigators. After the request was granted, prosecutors still sought several decades in prison due to the perceived danger Larose posed.

If you are charged with a federal offense in Appleton, a defense attorney with Kohler, Hart, & Priebe can help you craft a strong defense, giving you a chance to possibly get acquitted or receive lesser charges. Find out more about the resources and experience we have and how we can put it to work for you by calling 414-271-9595 today.

Plover heroin dealer gets 12 years in prison

Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 4:11 pm    

Portage County Circuit Judge Thomas Eagon gave 29-year-old Plover, Wisconsin resident William Bennett a sentence term of 12 years in jail on Tuesday, December 3, in addition to penalties of seven years of initial confinement and five years of supervision for selling heroin from a public housing unit on 3031 Rosalie Parkway in Plove.

Eagon chose to not give the recommended four- to five-year sentence to Bennett, but chose to go with the recommendation of Portage County Assistant District Attorney David Knaapen to give Bennett a 12-year sentence.

The increased penalty was given based on the fact that Bennett was out on bond and waiting for updates on his cocaine dealing charges in Waukesha and Dane Counties when he was arrested for heroin dealing charges in Plover, Knaapen said.

Should you need a skilled criminal lawyer to defend you against drug crime charges in Appleton, our experienced attorneys at Kohler, Hart & Priebe can help. Call us at 414-271-9595 today to discuss your specific charges and defense options.

Wisconsin crime spree defendant determined incompetent for trial

Posted on Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at 7:25 pm    

Wisconsin resident, James Kruger, 36, was accused of a crime spree that spanned Grant, Iowa, and Dane counties. The crimes that Kruger allegedly committed in September include robbery, kidnapping, and a high-speed car chase.

Kruger’s court date was delayed after he was found incompetent for trial. Grant County Circuit Judge, Robert VanDeHey ordered Kruger to be committed to a mental institution for up to one year based on a psychiatrist’s report.

Kruger’s attorney, Rose Oliveto, said Kruger will participate in another competency hearing in Iowa County on Tuesday, December 10. The psychiatric report used in the Grant County hearing will also be used for the Iowa County hearing.

The process of facing criminal charges can be time-consuming and tedious. Legal advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney is often vital in successfully opposing harsh charges. If you have been accused of criminal activity in the Appleton area, contact Kohler, Hart & Priebe, at 414-271-9595.

Wisconsin officials plan to crackdown on sex crimes

Posted on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 6:34 pm    

In a bid to discourage sex trafficking and prostitution, law enforcement officials in Wisconsin are initiating a program that seeks to educate people on the dangers of being involved in sex-related crimes.

According to Grand Chute Police Detective Scott Callaway, actions that the county has taken to overcome the prostitution problem in their area include prosecuting more sex crimes and instituting educational rehabilitation programs in lieu of jail time.

Appleton Police Lieutenant Steve Elliott said the city raised the penalties for sexual crime offenders in their area from mere citations to actual charges so as to deter prostitution in their area, noting that handing out mere citations “wasn’t an effective way of getting into the problem.”

Meanwhile, Outagamie County Assistant District Andrew Maier said the county is educating johns by sending them to a daylong “john school” where they are made aware of the societal damage that human trafficking can have.

Because our team at Kohler, Hart & Priebe knows that people in Appleton who are charged with sex crimes value their life, freedom, legal rights, and reputation, we do our utmost to defend them against criminal charges. Call us today at 414-271-9595 to discuss the charges you are facing and how we can help build a strong defense.