We provide experienced, aggressive legal representation for all individuals, including those charged with drunk driving, drug offenses, sexual assault, domestic abuse, and computer crimes in North Central Wisconsin.

Wausau Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you have been charged with a crime, your defense needs to be your top priority. The prosecutor assigned to your case may already be working on seeking a conviction; and, if you delay – or worse, don’t do anything – you are not going to stand much of a chance at trial. With many first-time offenses carrying possible jail time, steep fines, and other long-term consequences, you need to do everything possible to enforce your rights and preserve your future.

At Crooks Law we provide vigorous legal defense for individuals charged with crimes throughout North Central Wisconsin. Our criminal defense attorneys have handled thousands of cases in Marathon County and other counties across the region. We will work closely with you to understand your side of the story, so that we can build the strongest possible defense based on the unique facts of your case.

Let Us Handle Your Criminal Case

We represent individuals charged with all types of criminal cases, including the following types of crimes:

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse (or domestic violence) charges often arise out of disagreements during which one person accuses the other of causing or threatening harm. When the police respond to a domestic violence call, they are required to make snap judgments about the situation, and they often err on the side of making an arrest.

Sexual Assault

Most sexual assault charges are serious felonies in Wisconsin, and defendants in these cases face the possibility of spending a decade or more behind bars. You may have defenses available, and to give yourself the best shot at preserving your freedom, you need to speak with a lawyer right away.

Computer Crimes

We represent individuals charged with computer crimes, including possession of child pornography and use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. Wisconsin’s computer crimes statutes are complex, and the prosecutor must be able to prove both (i) that you had adequate knowledge about what you were doing, and (ii) that you took all of the steps required to be guilty of the offense.

Drug Offenses

In Wisconsin, drug crimes range in severity from misdemeanor marijuana possession to felony possession with intent, which can lead to thousands of dollars in fines and decades behind bars. Prosecutors aggressively pursue cases involving drug crimes, and you need an experienced defense attorney who can help protect your legal and Constitutional rights.

Drunk Driving (OWI/PAC)

If you have been charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI) or prohibited alcohol concentration (PAC), the severity of your charge will depend on the circumstances of your arrest and your record (if any) of past drunk driving convictions. However, in any case, an OWI or PAC conviction can have expensive – and often life-changing – consequences.

Defending Against Criminal Charges in Wisconsin

The defenses available to you will depend on the specific circumstances involved in your case. This includes not only what happened leading up to your arrest, but the arresting officers’ actions, what happened after you were arrested, and even your personal circumstances and past, as well. Some of the types of defenses that we are frequently able to raise on behalf of our clients include:

  • They did not commit the crime alleged (e.g., they were not intoxicated while driving).
  • The police violated their Constitutional rights (e.g., by making an arrest without probable cause or failing to read the Miranda warning prior to questioning).
  • They actually committed a lesser offense than the crime charged (e.g., they should have been charged with simple possession instead of possession with intent to distribute).

In addition, in many cases there are other options available for seeking reduced charges or sentencing. In certain circumstances, there are additional options for avoiding a conviction as well. For example, the Wisconsin statutes allow for conditional discharge of individuals charged with drug crimes under certain circumstances. A conditional discharge allows you to avoid a conviction for your first offense, if you satisfy the terms of your probation.

In short, there could be several different options available for defending your criminal charges. To find out what we can do for you, contact us today.