Criminal Defense

Your future is too important to trust just anyone, and the police are not on your side. If you have been accused of a crime in Dane County or the surrounding areas, you need a defense attorney who will take forceful action on your behalf. At Nicholson, Gansner & Otis, S.C., this is all we do.

By focusing primarily on Wisconsin criminal law, we have developed in-depth knowledge of the Wisconsin criminal statutes, case law and criminal procedures used in the local courts. We know the local players as well — the judges, prosecutors, investigators and other professionals whose work impacts your case.

We also know how to protect your constitutional rights, and the actions that prosecutors take to violate those rights. We don't let that happen to our clients. As part of a serious and aggressive criminal defense, we take every action possible within the bounds of the law to protect your rights and your freedom.

Our Madison law firm handles a full range of misdemeanor and felony charges in Wisconsin state courts, including:

  • Sex crimes, including sexual assault
  • Homicides
  • Violent felonies and weapons offenses
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug offenses
  • DUI/OWI charges and traffic offenses
  • Misdemeanors, including disorderly conduct
  • Human trafficking
  • Stalking

We also represent clients in juvenile court matters. We have in-depth knowledge of the juvenile justice system and help minors achieve the best possible results when they are facing criminal allegations. Minors accused of crimes such as shoplifting, possession of a fake ID, vandalism, DWI or minor in possession are treated differently than adults. In more serious matters such as homicide, rape or sexual assault, however, juveniles can be tried as adults. We have the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to handle even the most serious matters.

What To Expect In Your Free 30-Minute Initial Consultation

When you talk with one of our lawyers during your free 30-minute initial consultation, we will review any paperwork that you have received and get your side of the story. We will then walk you through the procedural steps of a criminal case in Wisconsin court. We will explain what needs to be done and when — helping you understand your choices and the best strategies to beat your case.

There are many different ways that cases can be resolved. You may be eligible for a First Offenders Program (often called deferred prosecution). While we have a reputation for resolving matters effectively at trial, we understand the stress that trials can place on defendants and their families. Depending on your goals, we may focus our approach on aggressive pretrial litigation. Our Madison criminal defense attorneys may be able to file motions to suppress evidence, or pursue other pretrial litigation tactics to resolve your case.

In the past, we have succeeded in winning dismissals prior to trial on charges of disorderly conduct, hit-and-run, manufacture/deliver THC and cocaine, second-degree sexual assault/use of force, second-degree sexual assault/intoxicated victim, fourth-degree sexual assault, OARs, and various municipal violations.

Contact Our Criminal Trial Lawyers

If you have been accused of a crime in Dane County or the surrounding areas, contact a lawyer who will fight for you. Call our attorneys at 608-620-0018 or contact us online for a free 30-minute initial consultation. Off-site, evening and weekend meetings are available by appointment.