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“… anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law… you have a right to remain silent… you have a right to an attorney.”

Indeed, your rights are protected by the United States Constitution and the Wisconsin Constitution, but you must exercise your rights in order to be protected by them. The statements you make to cooperate with the police will be the same statements that will appear in the charging papers used by the District Attorney to attempt to put you in jail or prison.

At Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC, our top-rated Wisconsin criminal defense attorneys are standing by, ready to fight for your legal rights. Everyone deserves an aggressive legal defense. If you or a loved one has been arrested, the best thing you can do is to get a skilled legal advocate by your side as soon as possible. We have offices in Appleton and Neenah, and we are proud to serve communities throughout the Lake Winnebago and Fox Cities region.

We are Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers

A felony charge will have long-lasting effects on a person’s life; even misdemeanor charges can have major long-term consequences. No criminal case should ever be taken lightly.

The criminal and drunk driving defense lawyers at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald have handled cases ranging from high-profile, high-level felony offenses to low-level misdemeanor offenses. They out-prepare the prosecuting attorney, devote themselves to intensive research, and handle every case from the beginning as though it will go to trial. Through these commitments, they have obtained successful outcomes including dismissals and acquittals for their clients accused of offenses ranging from OWI to tax crimes and minimized the impact of criminal charges on the lives of others.

Domestic Violence, Disorderly Conduct Charges & Your Right to Bear Arms

If you have been arrested for disorderly conduct, your right to bear arms (hunt, carry a gun, target practice) may be revoked. A disorderly conduct charge, in and of itself, is a misdemeanor. If, however, the disorderly charge is brought against you when the police believed that the disturbance occurred with a domestic partner, the charge is reclassified to a domestic disorderly conduct charge. A conviction for a domestic disorderly conduct charge will result in revocation of your right to keep and bear arms (as well as hunt, carry a gun, target practice, etc.).

A domestic partner is anyone with whom you currently or have previously lived, anyone with whom you have had a child, and can be extended to include any person involved in the domestic relations of anyone with whom an altercation occurs.

Drug Crimes & Your Federal Financial Aid

If you were arrested for a drug-related offense in Appleton, Neenah, or in any of the surrounding communities, it is imperative that you seek professional legal assistance as soon as possible. Wisconsin takes drug crimes very seriously. In the event that you are convicted of a drug offense, you could face harsh penalties, potentially including large fines and jail time.

At Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC, our Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers have considerable experience handling a wide range of drug charge cases. Some specific examples of drug crimes charges that our law firm can assist you with include:

  • Drug possession;
  • Drug trafficking;
  • Drug manufacturing; and
  • The unlawful sale of controlled substances.

For young people, and for anyone else in Wisconsin who is considering going back to school, please know that a conviction for a drug-related offense can adversely impact your ability to receive financial aid. Indeed, if you are convicted of possession of drugs, selling drugs, distribution of drugs or manufacturing of drugs, you may be barred from receiving Federal financial aid.

Drunk Driving & Your Driver’s License

In the state of Wisconsin, drunk driving offenses are generally charged as an OWI (Operating While Intoxicated). Many people are convicted of OWI offenses each year. According to data provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation more than 24,000 people were convicted of drunk driving in the state in the year 2015 alone.

In Wisconsin, you can be charged with an OWI if you are found to be operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content that is over the state’s maximum legal limit (0.08). The consequences for an OWI can vary based on a number of different factors, including how much you were over the legal limit and your past history of drunk driving offenses. Though, even for a first-time offense, drunk driving is a serious criminal charge. If you are arrested for drunk driving in Appleton or Neenah, you may:

  • Be at risk of losing your driver’s license;
  • Be subject to large fines;
  • Face significant jail time.

Our legal team can help to protect your rights and your freedom. We will review the specific facts of your OWI arrest, and determine the best defense strategy for your individual needs. In some cases, we will aggressively fight drunk driving charges. In other cases, our attorneys will focus on reducing the punishment and helping you keep your driver’s license.

Disorderly Conduct Charges

Many incorrectly assume that disorderly conduct charges are not a big deal. All criminal charges should be taken seriously. In Wisconsin, disorderly conduct involves a wide range of different underlying offenses. In some cases, disorderly conduct charges can come with substantial criminal penalties. In fact, you could even be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, an offense that carries a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and 270 days in jail. While those figures are certainly on the high end, defendants should always consult with a legal professional. If you are facing a disorderly conduct charge, our Appleton criminal defense lawyers can help.

Sex Offense Charges

Among criminal charges, there are very few that carry a higher stigma than do sexual-based offenses. If you have been charged with a sex crime in Appleton or Neenah, it is normal to feel confused, stressed out, and overwhelmed. You should not try to handle your sex crimes case all on your own. Our Wisconsin sex crimes defense lawyers have experience handling a wide range of charges, including:

  • Sexual assault;
  • Solicitation of prostitution;
  • The exploitation of a child; and
  • Possession of child pornography.

We strongly believe that everyone is entitled to a strong, professional legal defense. Our Wisconsin criminal defense team is prepared to help you protect your legal rights.

White Collar Crimes

White-collar crimes are unique. In many cases, these crimes involve complex allegations of fraud or another type of criminal misconduct. You need a legal representative who truly understands your case. If you have been charged with a white-collar offense in Wisconsin, you need a skilled legal advocate by your side. Our top-rated Appleton white collar crime defense lawyers have experience handling a wide array of cases, including:

  • Identity theft charges;
  • Computer-based financial crimes;
  • Fraud charges;
  • Money laundering allegations;
  • Embezzlement;
  • Counterfeiting;
  • Bribery; and
  • Tax fraud.

Juvenile Criminal Offenses

In Wisconsin, juvenile offenses are handled under a different system than other crimes. A minor who is 16 years old or younger will generally have their case resolved through the juvenile justice system. If you are a parent or guardian of a child who is facing criminal penalties, you need to get them high-quality legal representation. While the juvenile justice system is designed to rehabilitate children and give them another chance at success, you need to work with a Neenah juvenile defense lawyer who knows how to take cases through the system. Our legal team will work aggressively to protect your child’s future. A youthful indiscretion should not ruin a young person’s life.

Parole and Probation Violations

While some people may view parole and probation violations to be a minor offense, the state of Wisconsin does not agree with that assessment. If you are convicted of a probation or parole violation, you could face very serious criminal penalties. Depending on the nature of the alleged misconduct, you could even be immediately arrested and have your prison sentence extended. If you or a family member has been charged with a parole or probation violation in Appleton or Neenah, please contact our Wisconsin criminal defense team for immediate assistance.

Expungement and Expunction

A criminal record will not disappear on its own. To get arrests and convictions expunged from your record, you must take proactive steps. Of course, not all criminal charges can be removed from your permanent record. That being said, many people in Appleton and Neenah are eligible to get their good name restored by getting criminal issues expunged from their record. If you need guidance through the expungement process, please contact our Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers today.

Wisconsin Public Criminal Records

Under Wisconsin laws, an adult’s criminal record is publicly available on the Wisconsin Consolidated Court Automatic Program’s website, which is often referred to as CCAP. Dismissed charges may also appear. With the exception of traffic violations by a person over 16 years of age, juvenile records are not available on CCAP.

Free Initial Consultation

If you have been arrested for a criminal or drunk driving offense, if you have been charged with a crime, or if you have already been convicted and want to appeal the conviction, please call Hammett, Bellin & Oswald at 920-720-0000 for a free initial consultation, or email the attorneys for a prompt response.

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