Walworth County Criminal Defense Lawyer Andrew Walter
Walworth County criminal defense lawyer Andrew R. Walter focuses exclusively on criminal defense, DUI, and criminal appeals. With experience gained in hundreds of Walworth County criminal defense cases, Attorney Walter knows the local judges, District Attorneys, and police. Attorney Walter uses that experience to help his criminal defense clients understand what kinds of defenses are likely to succeed in Walworth County criminal courts and also what type of plea agreements can be negotiated with the Walworth County District Attorney.
Walworth County criminal defense lawyer Andrew Walter's successes have been featured in several media outlets, including the Milwaukee Journal, Janesville Gazette, and the Wisconsin Law Journal. He has been nominated by Walworth County judges for various public service positions and has been chosen by Walworth County judges and attorneys to serve as trustee in complex Walworth County Circuit Court cases. He has also been chosen as lead attorney in several prominent criminal defense appeals. Attorney Walter is honored that Walworth County criminal defense lawyers regularly choose him to lead their client’s criminal and DUI appeals.
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Walworth County Criminal Defense Lawyer Andrew Walter-Recent Success
Cocaine Delivery Sentence Reduced by Eight Years
Attorney Walter was hired by a man who had been sentenced to ten years in prison on charges that he led a large scale cocaine distribution ring. Upon reviewing the transcripts of his case, Attorney Walter found that the State breached the plea agreement and that his former defense lawyer failed to object to the breach. The court ordered a resentencing hearing. At resentencing, Attorney Walter explained the mitigating circumstances of the case and the court reduced the client's sentence to two years.
Our criminal client was charged with multiple counts of delivering marijuana and was allegedly caught with a large amount. Based on the facts of the case Attorney Walter and the client decided to negotiate a plea agreement. Attorney Walter met with the Walworth County District Attorney and explained the mitigating circumstances, the client's good qualities, and the client's contributions to the community. The District Attorney agreed to amend the felony drug delivery charges to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and place the client on probation. A good Walworth County criminal defense lawyer knows what it takes to get criminal charges amended. Even the best criminal lawyer can't do this in all cases, but an experienced Walworth County criminal defense lawyer knows what the District Attorney considers important.
Our client was arrested on charges that he fired gunshots at the home of a man shortly after the two had been seen fighting. The police found a gun in the client's car at the time of the arrest. After taking over the case from another criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Walter moved to suppress the gun on grounds that it was the fruit of an unconstitutional traffic stop. The Walworth County criminal court judge agreed. The District Attorney then dismissed the criminal charges. Link to newspaper article.
As you can see, some Walworth County criminal defense cases require an aggressive trial defense, while others require sensitive plea negotiations. When your criminal defense case begins, the only information about you available to the District Attorney is whatever is in the police report. A good criminal defense lawyer should change that fact; enlighten the District Attorney by giving your story. By documenting your good qualities; your contributions to friends, family, and the community; your education; your employment; and your dedication to treatment or counseling; a criminal defense lawyer can often negotiate reduced charges or some result that protects your liberty and future employability. Whether you are in college, have a career, or just want to protect your reputation, a good lawyer should understand that your case involves more than just the legal issues involved.
Walworth County Defense Lawyer Andrew Walter-Protecting Your Record and Freedom
There are several alternatives available to avoid jail and a permanent criminal record. Whether any of these is realistic for your criminal case can only be evaluated by an experienced criminal defense lawyer. A criminal defense lawyer may be able to negotiate reduced charges, such as reduction to a misdemeanor or a non-criminal forfeiture. If your criminal defense lawyer can negotiate a reduction to forfeiture or ordinance charges then you will not have a criminal record and will not spend time in jail.
A deferred prosecution agreement allows for dismissal of the criminal charges if the defendant complies with certain conditions, typically staying out of trouble for a certain period and attending treatment. In a deferred adjudication, the defendant will enter a guilty plea to criminal charges but the court then stops the case pending the defendant’s completion of certain conditions. If the defendant meets all conditions, the court will dismiss the criminal case. Although formal deferred prosecution agreements are very unusual in Walworth County criminal cases, Attorney Walter routinely negotiates informal deferred prosecution agreements for clients who have been referred on potential criminal charges. A good Walworth County criminal defense lawyer should be able to explain when these agreements might be available and what you can do to help your cause.
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Probation is available as an alternative to jail for many criminal cases in Walworth County and throughout Wisconsin. If the court places you on probation, you will have to meet with your probation agent and comply with a set of rules designed to ensure that you do not re-offend. Common conditions include full time employment or school, abstain from alcohol and drug use, comply with all laws, and pay any fines and restitution in a timely manner. A good defense lawyer makes sure that the client understands what probation will entail to make sure not to set the client up for failure.
Expunction or Expungement is available in many cases at the discretion of the judge. Expunction means that the court seals the record after you complete certain conditions, usually successful completion of probation. An expunged record is not available to the public so potential employers will not be able to view the record. Expunction is particularly important for college students and other young people who are preparing for a career. Walworth County criminal defense lawyer Andrew Walter regularly negotiates expunction for his younger or professional criminal defense clients on both misdemeanor and felony cases.
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You may wish to decline any plea agreement offers and exercise your right to a jury trial. You should not be afraid to go to trial if you have defenses or the District Attorney does not offer a satisfactory plea agreement. Your lawyer should be willing to take your case to trial if you are being treated unfairly.
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What You Can Do
You should meet with a Walworth County criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to discuss the evidence in your case. You should tell your criminal defense lawyer about witnesses or documents that you have or know about that may help your defense. Attorney Walter talks to all clients about the need to document positive contributions to the community. Whether arguing for reduced charges or probation, your lawyer will need to give the judge and District Attorney enough information to see that you are not a risk to the community. We will make a list of all evidence of your good character including your education, your employment history, any volunteer work, helping friends and neighbors, and anything else that suggests you are a good citizen who made a mistake. We are all flawed, but the criminal justice system is mainly about future protection for the community. Walworth County criminal defense lawyer Andrew Walter also discusses treatment or counseling with many clients, particularly anyone involved in a drunk driving or drug case. In these cases, Attorney Walter's experience is that judges recognize and reward anyone who recognizes a problem and takes positive action to make sure they do not return to criminal court.
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Walter Law Offices
108 West Court Street
Elkhorn, WI 53121
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