Criminal Law in Wisconsin
If you hire the wrong lawyer, you may end up with one or more criminal convictions that will follow you for the rest of your life. Racine criminal lawyer Christopher Glinski effectively handles both misdemeanor and felony cases. He has helped dozens of clients avoid criminal convictions and jail time, even in serious cases.
Unlike most attorneys who do not go to trial, Christopher Glinski has experience winning trials and is prepared to take your case to trial if that is what is necessary to win.
For a free criminal defense consultation, call criminal law attorney Christopher Glinski to discuss your criminal law case at (262) 632-1555, or you can email him at Christopher.Glinski@gmail.com.
For more information on the criminal law process, see below.
Criminal Law Process
Initial Appearance and Bail (also known as Bond)
When you are charged a crime, the first step in the process is called the Initial Appearance. At this hearing, you will receive a copy of the Criminal Complaint, which summarizes the evidence against you and states the charges and maximum penalties for those charges. Also, most importantly, a court commissioner or judge will set your bond.
Bond can either be in the form of cash (the amount you must post to get out of jail) or a signature bond (also known as a personal recognizance bond) which doesn’t require you to post cash, but it means that if you miss court or violate a condition of your bond you may have a civil judgment entered against you for the amount of the signature bond. The conditions of bond vary from case to case but may include house arrest, random drug testing, and no contact with certain people.
Racine criminal lawyer Christopher Glinski has handled hundreds of Initial Appearances and will fight hard to get you released on your own recognizance with minimal, if any, conditions of bond. Having an experienced and aggressive criminal law attorney like Christopher Glinski can make the difference between you staying in jail during the duration of your case (which could be months) and being out of jail and free to resume your daily life while your case progresses.
In a felony case, the next stage of the process is the preliminary hearing. At this hearing, the State must produce enough evidence to show that you probably committed a felony. Attorney Christopher Glinski has handled hundreds of preliminary hearings. It is critically important to have an experienced criminal law attorney like Christopher Glinski for your preliminary hearing because if the prosecution does not produce enough evidence, your case will be dismissed. Attorney Glinski has been able to get many felony cases dismissed at the preliminary hearing.
Pre-Trial Conferences for Misdemeanors
In a misdemeanor case, the next stage of the process is a pre-trial conference with the prosecutor handling your case. A pre-trial conference is the best chance to get your case dismissed or your criminal charges amended to non-criminal tickets. Attorney Glinski has handled hundreds of pre-trial conferences and has gotten many misdemeanor cases dismissed or amended to non-criminal tickets. By not hiring an experienced attorney like Christopher Glinski you may miss a golden opportunity to convince the prosecutor to drop your case or amend your charges.
In both a felony and misdemeanor case, the next step in the process is often a motion hearing. Motion hearings are hearings at which the court will hear evidence and arguments regarding whether evidence should be suppressed and/or whether certain charges should be dismissed. Attorney Glinski has handled many motion hearings and has convinced multiple judges to suppress evidence, resulting in dismissal of all charges. Hiring an experienced criminal law attorney like Christopher Glinski will ensure the best chance to get evidence suppressed or the case dismissed.
The final pre-trial is the last hearing before a trial in both misdemeanor and felony cases. This is when most cases get resolved with either a plea agreement or a dismissal. This is usually your last chance to resolve your case short of trial. Most cases do not go to trial, so you need an experienced Racine criminal lawyer like Christopher Glinski who has resolved hundreds of cases to fight to get the best deal for you.
If your felony or misdemeanor case is not resolved through a plea bargain, the next step in the process is a jury trial. Attorney Glinski had handled over a dozen jury trials and has a very high acquittal rate. Attorney Glinski has gained acquittals for his clients on charges ranging from sexual assault to burglary. If your case goes to trial, you need an attorney with experience not only doing trials, but winning trials. Before you hire an attorney, always ask the attorney how many jury trials the attorney has handled in the past 5 years and how many of those trials the attorney has won.
The final step in the process for both felony and misdemeanor cases is the sentencing hearing. At this hearing, the defense lawyer and prosecutor make sentencing recommendations to the judge and the judge decides on your ultimate sentence. This is where having an experienced criminal law attorney like Christopher Glinski can make a huge difference. Attorney Glinski has appeared in front of dozens of different judges in Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee and knows what arguments the judges consider persuasive. This experience can make the difference between you going to prison and you going home to your family.
Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
Criminal convictions can have a devastating effect on your reputation and career. Follow this link to find out more about the harsh consequences of a criminal conviction and learn why it is so important to hire an experienced and effective Racine criminal lawyer like Christopher Glinski.
For a free criminal law consultation, call Racine criminal lawyer Christopher Glinski at (262) 632-1555, or email him at Christopher.Glinski@gmail.com.