Weapons Charge Defense

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What you need to know about weapons charges in Wisconsin:

With a presence in both Madison and Northern Wisconsin, Stangl Law is able to provide aggressive defense for clients facing gun and weapons charges anywhere across the state.

If you've been charged with a crime involving a weapon, contact us today to discuss your case and explore your options for defense.

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Wisconsin is a concealed carry state. However, it's against the law to have a gun in your possession in certain circumstances, such as during a traffic stop for drunk driving –– even if you have a concealed carry permit.

Stangl Law Offices has a successful track record defending clients accused of criminal gun or weapons charges either as an independent offense or as an enhancer to another crime.

  • Endangering safety by use of dangerous weapon
  • Disarming a peace officer
  • Carrying concealed weapons
  • Carrying a concealed knife
  • Carrying firearm in public building
  • Carrying handgun where alcohol beverages may be sold and consumed
  • Manufacturer to register machine guns
  • Machine guns and other weapons in crimes
  • Possession of short-barreled shotgun or short-barreled rifle
  • Possession of a firearm
  • Possession of body armor
  • Possession of a weaponized drone
  • Possession of electric weapon
  • Use or possession of a handgun and an armor-piercing bullet during crime
  • Use of facsimilie firearms
  • Sale of distribution of imitation firearms
  • Charges relating to firearms silencers

Murder is one of the most serious crimes that you could be charged with in Wisconsin or anywhere else in the United States. Being convicted of murder carries with it extremely heavy, life-altering consequences. If you are under investigation for a murder charge or have been arrested, it is imperative that you hire a skilled Wisconsin homicide attorney immediately.

Attorney Stangl has successfully defended homicide and attempted homicide cases in Wisconsin. He understands what's at stake for his clients and knows what it takes to obtain a favorable outcome. He will work aggressively to help minimize the penalties or to fight your charges in court.

What should I do if I am arrested?

First, be polite and cooperative. Arguing, struggling or fighting will never make the situation better. Rarely, if ever, is a person able to convince an officer to stop an arrest. Remain silent! Finally, call a lawyer as soon as possible. 

If I am innocent, why do I need a lawyer?

More often than you think, innocent people get accused of committing crimes. Also, people who may have committed one crime often get accused (sometimes wrongfully) of committing additional and more serious crimes.

As the accused, you have a constitutional right to counsel. You are always better off having a lawyer learn about the accusation and then discussing it with you to develop a strategy for responding to the charge. 

How much will it cost to hire a lawyer?
The cost of defending against criminal charges will vary depending upon the nature and severity of the charges, the facts of the case, and other factors including the lawyer’s reputation. We usually have a two set fee structure for representation in criminal cases. The first fee is a non-refundable retainer that covers all representation at the trial level unless the case proceeds to a jury or court trial. If the case proceeds to a jury or court trial then an additional non-refundable retainer fee is due three (3) weeks prior to the first scheduled jury trial date. If those fees are not tendered the firm will withdraw from further representation. The reason we have a two set fee structure is to allow us to thoroughly investigate, research, and develop defense strategies prior to the determination of whether proceeding to a jury trial is in our client’s best interest or not. That is a joint decision made with the client. Nonetheless, an individual has an absolute right to a jury trial regardless of our assessment of the likelihood of success on the merits.

We provide a free initial consultation so that we can fully assess your case and discuss fee arrangements. Do not be reluctant to ask specific questions about potential representation—there are no dumb questions and if hired our job and goal is to ethically, aggressively and thoroughly defend your case. Our goal is to win. We promise that you will be provided with straightforward advice about the best manner in which to proceed including potential likelihood of success on the merits, evidentiary and dispositive issues and chances of success at trial or on appeal.
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If you're facing a gun crime or other weapons offense in Wisconsin, Contact Us today.



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I am a combat veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq and upon my return to the states in found myself in serious legal trouble, charged with multiple serious felonies which arose out of an alleged domestic situation. I was very scared and troubled by the allegations and began to search for a criminal defense attorney worth experience in defending difficult cases, a winning history and great reputation. I had heard about attorney Stangl and the more that I learned about him the more I was convinced that he was the only defense attorney in wanted to represent me. He is extremely dedicated and tenacious and has a great respect for veterans. For over a year, he fought tirelessly for me. One of my felony cases was dismissed and the other very serious felony charges were amended to misdemeanors. The state wanted me to go to jail and make sure I could never legally possess a firearm again. Pat argued persuasively that I should not have to do any jail and that I should be allowed to have my misdemeanor convictions expunged upon successful completion of my probation. Without pat and his hard work and dedication I would not have an opportunity to start my life over with a clean slate. He is a fantastic attorney and I recommend him highly.

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