Criminal Law

The attorneys at Rose & deJong have extensive experience defending the rights of people arrested and accused of criminal offenses.

Drug Cases

Drug cases are prosecuted in both the state and federal courts. The state courts generally handle drug possession and delivery cases whereas more complicated drug conspiracy cases are prosecuted most often in the federal courts. As a result, a person facing a drug charge in federal court is often faced with a longer potential prison sentence. This is because more serious cases are often prosecuted in federal courts, but also because many sentences in the federal court carry mandatory prison terms of 5, 10 and 20 years.

At Rose & deJong we represent defendants in drug possession and delivery cases, as well as in complex drug conspiracy cases at both the federal and state courts. Our criminal law attorneys are familiar with the prosecutors and judges handling these cases and will use their significant knowledge and experience to provide an effective defense.

Drunk Driving

In Wisconsin the first offense for drunk driving is not criminal, meaning that if convicted the defendant does not serve a jail term. However, there is a mandatory revocation of driving privileges between 6 and 9 months. There may also be a requirement for an ignition interlock device depending on the blood alcohol level or if there is a refusal to take the test. For a second or subsequent conviction there is mandatory jail time, and that mandatory jail time increases depending upon the number of prior offenses. The length of revocation of driving privileges also increases, and there will be a delay in the ability of the defendant to obtain an occupational license– a license that is limited as to hours and routes of travel.

Attorneys at Rose & deJong handle anything from first offense drunk driving to seventh or subsequent offense. We utilize our expertise to assist the driver in defending an administrative revocation of driving privileges and help the driver obtain an occupational license.

Misdemeanors and Felonies

A misdemeanor is any crime where the maximum possible punishment is one year or less. Felonies involve criminal charges where the maximum is over one year. There are several crimes where it could be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. For example, theft could be charged either as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the dollar amount of the loss.

Rose & deJong has handled a very wide variety of criminal cases ranging from public official taking bribes to first degree intentional homicide. Its attorneys have represented clients in state court throughout Wisconsin and in the federal courts. We are prepared to assist you whenever the need should arise and to use our knowledge and skill to help protect your rights.

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