Wisconsin Battery, Assault, and Homicide Defense
Andrew Walter represents clients accused of violent crimes and weapons violations throughout Wisconsin, but focuses particularly on Walworth County. Andrew has obtained acquittals or dismissals in cases involving shootings, battery, firearm possession, reckless endangerment, and of many other serious charges. He was the lead defense attorney in several well-publicized Walworth County homicide and shooting cases and his successes have been featured in several media outlets.
Andrew has extensive experience in nearly every type of case from Battery to Homicide. These are serious cases requiring the skill and experience of a capable criminal defense attorney. If you are facing allegations that you were involved in a violent crime, call or email Walworth County criminal defense attorney Andrew Walter today for a free consultation.
Violent Crime Defenses
Adequate Provocation is an affirmative defense to Wisconsin first-degree intentional homicide that mitigates the crime to second-degree intentional homicide. The defense requires proof that the defendant reasonably believed the victim did something which would cause an ordinarily constituted person to lose self-control completely.
Self-defense relies on the privilege, contained in Wisconsin Statutes 939.48, to threaten or intentionally use force against another person to prevent or terminate what the defendant reasonably believed to be an unlawful interference with his or her person. The force used must be reasonable and may not include force likely to cause death or great bodily harm unless the defendant reasonably believed such force was necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm. This defense is not available if the defendant could have safely retreated from the situation or provoked the threat. Defense of others is similar to self-defense but applies to defense of a third person.
Defense of property allows the use or threat of force against another to prevent or terminate what the defendant reasonably believed was an unlawful interference with his or her property. It is not reasonable to use force intended to or likely to cause death or great bodily harm solely to protect property.
Intoxication is a defense if the intoxication was involuntarily produced and the intoxication negates the state of mind essential to the crime.
Entrapment is a defense if a police officer used improper methods to induce the defendant to commit a crime that the defendant was not previously disposed to commit.
Necessity is a defense that allows a person to engage in otherwise criminal conduct if the pressure of natural physical forces caused the defendant to believe a criminal act was the only way to prevent imminent public disaster, imminent death, or great bodily harm.
Common Violent Crime Offenses
- Endangering Safety by Use of Dangerous Weapon
- False Imprisonment
- Domestic Violence Crimes
Common Firearms and Other Weapons Charges
- Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
- Carrying a Concealed Weapon
- Carrying Firearm in Public Building
- Possession of Explosives
Walter Law Offices
108 West Court Street
Elkhorn, WI 53121
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