Speaking as criminal defense attorneys, we can tell you that this question gets asked a lot. Whenever college students are accused of date rape, bosses are accused of sexual harassment, or...
There’s a reason you have the right to remain silent. When you talk, you risk being misunderstood, misquoted, or seen as overly defensive. Tell the police you will not speak without an attorney present. That is your right.
Even if you believe a search or DNA test will prove your innocence, it’s better to say no if the police don’t have a warrant. That way, they will have to get a warrant, which means your lawyer can make sure evidence is collected correctly.
When choosing your lawyer, it’s important that you trust your gut. Experience, proven skill, and local connections 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 a lot more than a job. It’s a way of standing up for people who have been treated unfairly by the justice system.”
Craig has an incredible track record of success, especially in cases that involve drug crimes and weapons law. 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 an expert negotiator, both in and out of the courtroom. Whether or not your case goes to trial, she is an attorney you want on your side.
"What we do can really be a form of social work. I like the difference we can make in our clients' lives."
Leah is both an effective attorney and a compassionate person. Not only can she design a custom legal plan for your case, but she can also answer all your questions in plain terms so that you always know what’s happening.
"It’s a true privilege to help our clients overcome some of the toughest moments in their lives."
Valeria helps us ensure that our clients are well taken care of. In addition to researching for cases, she conducts discovery reviews, collects witness statements, and answers client questions in both English and Spanish.
"Our clients have been through enough. I try to make our office as comfortable as possible so they know they can speak openly here."
Like Valeria, Adriana is a fluent Spanish speaker who genuinely enjoys guiding our clients through the legal process. When you call or come in, she is likely to greet you with a smile and make sure your concerns are addressed.
"Protecting others from injustice is my life’s calling. It’s as simple as that"
Marcus is our on-site investigative expert. As a former U.S. Marine Corporal, he is extremely knowledgeable in matters of firearms and crime scene investigation. He uses this insight to analyze evidence and testify on behalf of our clients.
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 great working relationships with local investigators, immigration lawyers, and other experts. If their knowledge will benefit your case, we won’t hesitate to team up with them.
No matter the crime you’ve been accused of, we’ll fight hard for the best results, whether that means going to trial, preventing a charge from being filed, or negotiating the best deal possible.
Creemos que debes poder comunicarte fácilmente con tu abogado. Si el español es tu idioma preferido, sabe que tenemos dos hablantes nativos en la oficina.
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 all that knowledge, we represent you aggressively — always pushing to stay one step ahead of the other side, and always being 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 dropped, your case dismissed, or your conviction appealed. 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 community service or reduced fees.
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.