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State criminal charges involve criminal conduct that violates a statute passed by the state legislature. Unlike federal cases, you may not be aware of your need for a lawyer until the moment of your arrest. Federal charges usually involve some kind of investigation, giving you time to consult an attorney before your arrest. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as you become aware of an investigation or arrest is essential in protecting your rights. The Fifth Amendment protects your right to remain silent until you have spoken with an attorney. It is in your best interest to comply with a police officer’s orders, but to remain silent if questioned. You should request legal representation before making any statements. It is important to remember that anything you say or write can be used against you in a court of law.

The Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. have been representing the people of Wisconsin for many years and have the expertise needed to aggressively fight for your rights. The attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C. have tried more than 300 felony cases in both state and federal court and understand the tactics used by state prosecutors and law enforcement. No matter the complexity of your case, our attorneys have the extensive experience to oppose the techniques and resources utilized by the prosecution. Numerous state crimes carry mandatory minimum sentences, however, judges are free to rule under the minimum if they are persuaded that “unusual circumstances” are present in the case. The attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. will work to persuade judges to lessen charges and will provide you with the highest quality legal representation possible.

The Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. have substantial experience in representing individuals and businesses in state criminal cases including: