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There’s a reason you have the right to remain silent. Police will use everything you say against you. When you talk, you risk being misunderstood or misquoted. Tell the police you will not speak without an attorney present. That is your right.
If the police ask for permission to search you or your property, they probably need it. If they had a warrant, they would not ask. It's always best to protect your right to privacy against government intrusion and review it with a lawyer.
When choosing your lawyer, it’s important that you trust your gut. Experience and proven skill are important — but whether you trust your lawyer is most important of all. Give us a call to see if we’re right for you.
“Criminal defense is more than a job. It’s a way of standing up for people who need a voice in our justice system.”
Craig has an incredible track record of success in all types of criminal cases and investigations. Meet with him and you’ll understand why he’s been named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer for more than a decade straight.
"We stand up for those who are often misunderstood and treated unfairly by a system that, at times, is indifferent."
Rebecca is widely recognized in the Wisconsin legal community as a fierce advocate, both in and out of the courtroom. Whether or not your case goes to trial, she is an attorney you want on your side.
"We can make a difference in our clients' lives by helping them overcome the hurdles they face."
Leah is an effective advocate and courtroom fighter. She has a great record of proven success in state and federal courts throughout southeast Wisconsin.
"It’s a true privilege to help our clients overcome some of the toughest moments in their lives."
Specializing in client services and investigation, Valeria helps us ensure that our clients are well taken care of. She conducts discovery reviews, takes witness statements, and works with our clients in both English and Spanish.
"Our clients have been through a lot. I try to make our office as accessible as possible so clients have great communication with their lawyers."
Adriana is a fluent Spanish speaker who genuinely enjoys guiding our clients through the legal process. When you call or come in, she will make you feel welcome and make sure your concerns are addressed.
"Every case has investigation needs. Addressing them gets us better results."
Marcus retains a role as M&C Law's emeritus investigator, available for consulting and expertise on cases involving firearms and self-defense, bringing his experience as a firearms expert and marksman during his service as a U.S. Marine Corporal.
We’re here to help you through this. When you work with us, expect a team who listens, gives regular updates to you and your family, and genuinely cares about your future.
We have a great team, including investigators and client service specialists. We'll have your back, and use the resources necessary to deal with any case, large or small. Ask us what we'll bring to your case.
No matter what you've been accused of, we’ll fight hard for the best result, whether that means going to trial, preventing a charge from being filed, or negotiating the best deal possible.
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Craig and his team helped me with a legal matter from about a decade prior. He was professional, courteous, and worked diligently to assist me through a tricky matter. He and his team worked tirelessly to help me get a resolution and communicated with me almost daily. I would come back to Craig and his team if I ever had a need again without hesitation.
Rebecca Coffee put me at ease regarding my case and the stress and tension one feels facing a legal proceeding. She was clear, professional ... Ultimately, I received the best possible outcome with her attorney her leadership and guidance. I offer this opinion to anyone seeking the best defense possible...
Intelligent, Efficient, Effective: Rebecca Coffee is an excellent attorney whom I highly recommend… She kept me well informed, helped me understand my case along with my options, and, once she clearly understood what I wanted, she did an amazing job of making that happen!
Our family met Craig due to an emergency and we felt confident from the first meeting… We always felt secure due to his presence and excellent communication … I would recommend Craig – a HIGHLY skilled professional lawyer who will fight for you!!!
Phenomenal representation!... Mrs. Thomas was diligent, compassionate and professional in my plight for justice. We took the case through the full blown trial process by means of 12 jurors, which in the end, I was found NOT GUILTY, and in no small part to Mrs Thomas’ capabilities as a Trial Lawyer!
Our Milwaukee office is in the Phoenix Building, located in the heart of the Historic Third Ward, just steps from the Milwaukee Public Market, the Riverwalk, and Downtown. Easy to find and client parking available.
Our Waukesha office is in the Center City Plaza, located in Waukesha's Downtown District, just steps from the Waukesha Public Library and Cutler Park. Easy to find and client parking available.
We represent clients in state and federal courts across Wisconsin. Our lawyers are well known to judges and prosecutors throughout the state.
Our firm believes that community engagement and giving back is a pillar of any successful business. That's why we are committed to working with organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Our annual fundraising event called Lawyers for Boys & Girls raises money and awareness for the Clubs. In over fifteen years, it has become a premier event in the legal community.
Client falsely accused of inappropriately touching his adoptive son, a special needs child with mental health issues and cognitive delays. Jury returned a not guilty verdict following five days of testimony during which the defense challenged a biased and flawed investigation, and suggestive interview tactics by State child forensic interviewers.
Client accused of forcible rape during business conference. Jury returned a not guilty verdict after three days of trial, at which the defense successfully demonstrated that a consensual encounter had occurred, and that the complaining witness did not testify truthfully.
Client charged with homicide in a self-defense case after using his firearm to shoot intruder who broke into his home. Mastantuono & Coffee moved for dismissal after Sheriff's Department lost crucial evidence. Case dismissed prior to trial, affirmed by Court of Appeals.
Client charged after police searched the car he was driving and seized a quarter-pound of marijuana. Mastantuono & Coffee secured an acquittal following three days of an intensely contested jury trial.
Client, a former Milwaukee County official, charged with felony bribery and misconduct in office. Mastantuono & Coffee secured an acquittal following a week-long jury trial.
Client charged for a revolver found between the driver's seat and center console; he did not know it was there. Jury delivered an acquittal following two days of a contested jury trial, at which defense counsel argued that the client did not "carry" a gun as the State could not prove that he knew it was there.
Being accused of a crime is a scary and stressful experience. And whether your crime has been charged at the state or federal level, it’s natural to feel like the underdog.
That’s why we’re here. When it feels like the weight of the American justice system is bearing down on you, we step in and fight to make things right. We start by getting to know you and listening to your side of the story. Then we examine the evidence against you and consider your best options. From there, we can identify the most effective legal strategy for your defense, accounting for your unique needs and goals. Armed with that knowledge, we represent you aggressively — always pushing to stay one step ahead of the other side, and always prepared for the possibility of trial.
Right now, it might seem like there’s no way to avoid the harshest possible penalties for your alleged crime, but don’t give up. With the right lawyer on your side, you may be able to get your charges reduced or even dismissed. If those options aren’t possible for your case, there may still be a chance of negotiating a plea bargain or fighting for a less severe penalty, such as probation.
Let our experienced criminal defense team evaluate your situation to ensure your case is being handled the right way. We will use every tool at our disposal to fight for the best possible outcome to your case.