The term "trial lawyer" is used loosely in criminal law these days. If you ask many so-called criminal defense attorneys for a list of their last five wins at trial, the cases they have recently gotten dismissed, or examples of cases they have plea-bargained to a more tolerable charge, many of them come up empty-handed.
If you face criminal charges in Wisconsin, this is not the time to rely on a family friend who merely dabbles in criminal defense. You need to enlist the services of an attorney with a proven track record — one who has produced stellar results both in and out of court. If your attorney has also prosecuted criminal cases, all the better. He or she is familiar with prosecutorial strategies and knows how to defend against them.