A man has been charged with one count of battery after an incident over the weekend. The felony charge came after two men allegedly had an altercation near a South Milwaukee bar. A news report says the man could face three and a half years in prison and a $10,000 fine if he is convicted.
Usually when a person is charged with a felony, it is a very serious matter. It is important that when someone is arrested, the accusations and charges be taken seriously. Felony crimes in Milwaukee are often asked about on employment and housing applications, and being accused of a serious crime might make it difficult to obtain either. Because of this, a person who is accused of such a crime might benefit from speaking with a criminal defense attorney.
Sometimes, when police take reports, facts or details might be excluded. These facts might be crucial to a person's defense. These reports typically are meant to portray the case of the police against a person, and usually don't include a statement by the person that would help in their defense.
A person who is accused of a crime has the right to speak with an attorney before talking with police. Many times, during an arrest for a felony crime in Milwaukee, a person's words can later be used against them. A criminal defense attorney can help a person conduct their own investigation, and gather evidence and witnesses that can help their defense. By understanding your rights as an accused person, you can help defend against a conviction that could lead to consequences for other life events down the line.
Source: Patch, "Oak Creek Man Faces Felony Battery Charge," Joe Petrie, May 20, 2012