Criminal Defense Overview
If you have been charged with a crime, you should not underestimate the seriousness of the situation. A conviction for even a minor offense can trigger consequences that ripple through the rest of your life. Once you finish serving the penalty to which you are sentenced, you may struggle to find education appropriate to your talents, employment suited to your training, and housing in a place where you can feel at home. Thus, a criminal prosecution requires a strong response, and it is not a road that you should travel alone. If you are facing criminal charges, you should make sure to consult the seasoned criminal defense team at Attorney Spiros Stavros Nicolet. We will bring our many years of experience defending Wisconsin residents from prosecution to protect your rights and aggressively fight the charges against you.How Can We Help You Contest a Criminal Charge?
Defendants in criminal prosecutions have many protections under the U.S. Constitution. Some of them stem from the Fourth Amendment and related areas of law, which have imposed strict rules on searches and seizures. A police officer generally must have a warrant and probable cause to search and collect evidence from a private space such as a home, unless exigent circumstances apply. These circumstances usually involve emergencies, such as when law enforcement is closely pursuing a suspect. Otherwise, all evidence collected in a search that lacks a warrant or probable cause may be excluded at trial if your defense attorney challenges its admission.
Many criminal cases hinge on a certain piece of evidence, so the prosecution’s case sometimes falls apart if the court is convinced to exclude that evidence. To make sophisticated arguments such as these, however, it is important to have knowledgeable legal counsel on your side. Spiro Nicolet and his team are criminal defense attorneys who serve clients confronting a wide range of criminal charges, from homicides to driving offenses like drunk driving (OWI or DUI) or operating after revocation, property offenses like robbery, theft or criminal damage to property, as well as drug offenses, domestic abuse charges like battery or disorderly conduct, and juvenile offenses.
In each of these cases, the prosecution must prove every element of the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt. This burden should be and usually is difficult to meet because an individual’s personal freedom is at stake. It is the job of your defense attorney to make sure that the prosecution works as hard as possible in meeting that burden. For example, a charge of marijuana possession may seem straightforward. Even in this situation, however, a criminal defense lawyer can work to create doubt in the jury’s mind about issues such as whether a police informant correctly identified the defendant or whether the defendantactually had knowledge of the banned substance that the officer seized.Contact a Resourceful Lawyer to Help Protect Your Rights
At Attorney Spiros Stavros Nicolet, our Wisconsin criminal defense team understands the gravity of a criminal prosecution and respect the stress to which it subjects our clients. Our thoughtful, compassionate representation will take all of your options into account and explore the specific details of your situation with patience and care. Even if the prosecution seems to have a strong case, we will seek to identify flaws that we can use to build a case for your liberty. We know how much a conviction can change your life, and we will tirelessly fight the charges against you. Contact us at (773) 562-6884 or through our online form to set up an initial consultation.