What should you do if you've been

Accused of a crime?


Don’t Talk to the Police

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.


Say No to Optional Searches

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.


Get a Lawyer You Trust

When choosing a criminal lawyer, it’s important that you trust your instinct. Experience and proven skill are important — but whether you trust your lawyer with your freedom is also critical. Give us a call to see if we’re right for you.

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Milwaukee & Waukesha, Wisconsin

Craig Mastantuono


“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.

Rebecca Coffee


"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.

Leah Thomas


"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.

Guadalupe Murillo

Legal Assistant

"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."

Guadalupe 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.

Marcus Ruiz


"I'm able to combine two things I enjoy - combing a case for details that were missed, and talking with people. Helping them is a bonus."

Using his experience as a U.S. Marine Corporal from 2003 to 2009, including two tours of active combat duty in Iraq, Marcus Ruiz assists the attorneys with all investigation needs. 

Samotria Matthews

Client Services Coordinator

"Having spent my career in public service, I know firsthand the importance of great representation and advocacy.  I am pleased to join MC&T to aid its clients and use my learned experience for their betterment."

As a client services specialist, Sam works directly with our clients and the attorneys to ensure open communication, and to help connect clients with resources for treatment.

Why Work With Us?

We know this matters to you

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.

Our resources are your resources

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.  

We’ll fight hard for you

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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courthouse icon Criminal charges can make you feel powerless, but we’re here to remind you that you’re not. When it feels like you’re out of options, we fight to create more.

Facing the Crisis of a Criminal Prosecution

Being accused of a crime is a scary and stressful experience. And whether your case is charged at the state or federal level, it’s natural to feel like the underdog, with the weight of the justice system bearing down on you. 

That’s why we’re here. Our team will step in and fight to make things right. We start by getting to know you and listening to your side of the story. We examine the evidence against you and consider your best options. From there, we identify the most effective legal strategy for your defense, based on 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.

We Create Opportunities to Move Forward

Right now, it might seem like there’s no way to avoid the harshest possible penalties for the alleged crime, but don’t give up. With a strong criminal defense attorney on your side, you may be able to get your charges reduced or even dismissed. If those options aren’t possible, there may still be a chance of negotiating a favorable plea bargain or fighting for a less severe penalty, such as probation. If a trial is necessary, we'll bring our resources and jury experience to the fight. We are trial lawyers who are comfortable in the courtroom.

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.

You need a lawyer who's there for you & your family

Call our team to see how we can help

No Matter Where You Are in Wisconsin, We’re Here to Help


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. 

Statewide Wisconsin

We represent clients in state and federal courts across Wisconsin. Our lawyers are well known to judges and prosecutors throughout the state.

Community Involvement

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Advocates for Social Justice

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. 

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