The story below was written by David Wilson, a Stangl Law client who encountered a serious legal problem related to a firearms restriction.
This problem directly affected his employment as a truck driver responsible for hauling military equipment including ammunition and weapons. David went in search of a skilled attorney who could help appeal his conviction and protect his livelihood.
Following an appeal process, Attorney Stangl negotiated a settlement with the District Attorney, which the court approved. The domestic portion of the disorderly conduct charge was reopened, vacated and dismissed. David no longer has the conviction on his record and can now possess firearms and ammunition, allowing him to continue working in his position.
Read the whole story below.
A Successful Appeal in Wisconsin: David's Story
“I was involved in an argument with my wife and was unable at that time to afford an attorney or have one appointed to assist me. The District Attorney offered for me to plead guilty to disorderly conduct as a domestic offense. I accepted that offer and was placed on probation for a period of one year.
I had no idea that I was not able to possess a firearm because of the domestic conviction and I was never informed about this restriction. The restriction became a serious problem for me, affecting my employment as a truck driver because sometimes I would have to haul military equipment including ammunition and weapons and because of the conviction I could not.
I researched the best attorneys in Wisconsin at doing appeals and contacted Stangl Law Offices, S.C.
I explained my situation to Pat and he was extremely helpful. Luckily I contacted him within the time to appeal my conviction and luckily he decided to help me out.
Pat advised that he would have to file a post-conviction motion to try and be able to withdraw my guilty plea, but he said it was likely that we would lose in front of the judge that accepted the guilty plea. Pat was right and the trial judge denied the very lengthy and detailed motion that was filed.
"I explained my situation to Pat and he was extremely helpful. Luckily I contacted him within the time to appeal my conviction and luckily he decided to help me out."
He then advised the only opportunity we would have from there would be to appeal to the Court of Appeals which we did.
Pat did a tremendous amount of work on my behalf and never quit fighting for me. After he filed our brief in the Court of Appeals the State agreed that the judge made a mistake in not granting us a hearing on the post-conviction motion.
The Court of Appeals then sent the case back to the same judge for a hearing on the motion to withdraw my guilty plea. Prior to a very long and involved hearing Pat negotiated a settlement with the District Attorney which the court approved.
The domestic portion of the disorderly conduct charge was reopened, vacated and dismissed. I no longer have a domestic related conviction on my record and can now possess firearms and ammunition.
"Pat did a tremendous amount of work on my behalf and never quit fighting for me."
Having had the benefit of Attorney Stangl and his firm represent me, it is very clear why he is recognized as one of the best appeals lawyers in the State of Wisconsin.
His commitment to excellence in helping his clients and willingness to go the extra mile is both impressive and comforting.
I highly recommend Attorney Pat Stangl and Stangl Law Offices, S.C. to anyone looking for an exceptional appeals attorney.”
When to consider filing an appeal in Wisconsin
- 3 Things You Should Know Before Appealing a Criminal Conviction in Wisconsin
- Is it Possible to Withdraw or Change a Guilty Plea in Wisconsin?
- Understanding the Direct Appeal Process in Wisconsin
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