Waukesha & Milwaukee Appellate Criminal Defense Lawyer

Creative and Effective Representation to Appeal a Criminal Conviction in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Criminal Appeals & Post-Conviction Relief

The Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys at Gamiño Law Offices, LLC are persuasive and creative Wisconsin criminal appeals and post-conviction lawyers.  Our appellate Wisconsin criminal lawyers in Milwaukee and Waukesha thoroughly critique everything that happened at the criminal trial level in every Wisconsin criminal appeal that we handle.  We go over the entire case - from reviewing the criminal complaint, discovery, investigation and pre-trial motions before the trial court to analyzing the evidence and quality of the assistance provided by the defense lawyer during the trial level proceedings, including during any criminal jury trial or court trial.  We are experienced at determining how to best obtain relief from criminal convictions in Wisconsin.  All of our Wisconsin criminal appellate attorneys handle post-conviction issues and criminal appeals from any circuit court in Wisconsin, based out of our Waukesha and Milwaukee criminal defense law firm.   
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Milwaukee Criminal Defense Appellate Lawyers
We handle criminal appeals based on any harmful error or meritorious issue in criminal cases throughout Wisconsin, including:
  • ​Abuse of discretion by the judge;
  • Abuse of sentencing discretion;
  • Abuse of prosecutorial discretion;
  • Bias;
  • Breach of plea agreements;
  • Conflicts of interest; 
  • Denial of the right to substitution of judge;
  • Denial of a motion to suppress;
  • Double jeopardy violations;
  • Exceeding the scope of a warrant;
  • Excessive sentences;
  • Failure to provide exculpatory evidence to the defense;
  • Failure to suppress evidence at trial;
  • Impeachment of witnesses;
  • Improper admission of evidence;
  • Improper arguments;
  • Improper charging delay;
  • Improper charging discretion;
  • Improper evidentiary rulings;
  • Improper examination of witnesses;
  • Improper execution of a search or arrest warrant;
  • Improper expert testimony;
  • Improper issuance of a warrant or invalid warrant;
  • Improper identification during investigation or at trial;
  • Improper interrogation;
  • Improper joinder for trial;
  • Improper jurisdiction for the charged offense;
  • Improper jury selection;
  • Improper motor vehicle stops;
  • Improper penalty enhancers;
  • Improper plea negotiations;
  • Improper questioning of witnesses
  • Improper restitution;
  • Improper searches;
  • Improper seizures;
  • Improper severance for trial;
  • Improper suppression hearing, findings of fact or conclusions of law;
  • Improper use or viewing of physical restraints at trial;
  • Improper venue;
  • Ineffective assistance of defense trial counsel at any stage of the proceeding, from initial appearance and arraignment through sentencing; 
  • Involuntary confessions
  • Invalid consent to search;
  • Invalid Miranda warnings;
  • Juror bias;
  • Jury tampering;
  • Motions to modify sentence;
  • Motions to modify conditions of extended supervision;
  • Police misconduct;
  • Sentence credit errors;
  • Speedy trial violations;
  • Sufficiency of the complaint;
  • Sufficiency of the evidence;
  • Sufficiency of any plea colloquy;
  • Sufficiency of probable cause to arrest;
  • Validity of field sobriety tests;
  • Validity of any felony bind-over for trial;
  • Validity of any waiver of the right to a jury trial;
  • Validity of any waiver of the right to counsel;
  • Validity of any waiver of the right to remain silent; 
  • Validity of any waiver of the right to testify;
  • Violations of the right to confront your accusers;
  • Violations of the right to present a defense;
  • Violations of the right to remain silent;
  • Violations of the right to a public trial;
  • Warrantless searches
  • Warrantless seizures

One Milwaukee Criminal Defense Lawyer's view of why appeals are so important in our system of justice:  

In order to understand why appeals are so important in the criminal justice system, one must have an understanding of the what happens at the trial level.  Often the prosecutor and the judge are juggling hundreds of cases at the same time while your case is pending.  Your defense lawyer may also have been handling too many cases and it is possible that no one in the system really gave your case the attention it deserved.    Additionally, judges and prosecutors can be politically motivated and may not follow the law for fear of political retribution. 

This reality is what makes the criminal appellate process so important.  The manifestations of the parties at the trial level not giving your case its due are numerous.  The most obvious is when the law isn't applied properly.  Either the lawyers don't know the law or the judge doesn't know, or isn't properly informed, of the law and this has a great impact on your case.  This happens more often than you would think!

The benefit of appealing your criminal case is having another lawyer step back and review the entire file, transcripts and history, of what happened at the trial level, like a supervisor of the proceedings.  If everything happened at light speed or without sufficient communication with you, then the appellate lawyer gets to slow that process down and fix anything that was done incorrectly that hurt your case.

A good appellate lawyer will, first and foremost, establish and maintain good communication with the client.  This is absolutely essential because the appellate lawyer was not part of the trial, proceedings, or discussions the first time around; and because the client deserves to be informed of what the appellate lawyer sees in the case.  A good appellate lawyer will take note of any little thing in the case and investigate and research whether it has merit or affected the case.  Even seemingly small mistakes can have large impacts in criminal law.  Our appellate criminal attorneys address and fix problems that arose in criminal cases using our training and our intellect to help our clients get relief.


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