Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
At Gonzalez Law Office, LLC, in Madison, we provide skilled criminal defense representation to clients who have been accused of committing crimes in Wisconsin. If you have been charged with a crime, our defense lawyers are here to answer your questions and help you fight for a favorable outcome.
Our clients frequently have questions about the law and the charges they face. Following are a few of the most common questions we receive.
Can I remove a criminal charge from my record?
Wisconsin law allows for adult criminal records to be sealed or expunged under certain circumstances. A court may expunge a conviction record if you meet the following criteria:
- You were under age 25 at the time you committed the crime.
- The maximum sentence for the crime was less than six years.
- You successfully completed your sentence.
Talk to a knowledgeable defense attorney to find out if your criminal record can be removed from your permanent record.
Can you argue self-defense in a violent crime case?
Under Wisconsin law, you are allowed to use force to stop another person from causing you bodily harm or death. You must reasonably believe you are in imminent danger for a self-defense argument to prevail. This is a nuanced and very fact-dependent area of law, so we would have to know the exact circumstances of your case to know if self-defense is a valid argument.
When should I talk to an attorney?
It is always advisable to talk to an attorney at the earliest possible opportunity. Mistakes at the very beginning of a criminal matter can prove decisive at trial. A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer can tell you the right steps to make so you aren’t later haunted by something you said or did. Even if you haven’t been accused of a crime, but law enforcement officials want to question you about something, it’s a good idea to talk to a defense lawyer first.
Can you guarantee a favorable outcome?
No attorney can guarantee an outcome in a criminal case. We can, however, help you explore what is likely to happen based on the law and the particular facts at play in your case. We always give our clients the straight truth about their prospects.