dui - felony dui defense
attorney at law
||10 E. Doty St.
Madison WI 53703
||Chris Van Wagner
||Christopher Van Wagner
van wagner recent cases
No charges in vehicular homicide case. Alcohol not a factor.
Charges for bail jumping after release on bond with charges for vehicular homicide while under the influence pending.
Driving while under the influence (of drugs) charges dismissed.
Martin Hanson Advocate's Prize [Three-time recipient]
"AV" Top Peer Rating [Martindale Hubbell]
Madison's Best Criminal Defense Lawyers [Four-time recipient]
Warrior Of The Year
van wagner presentations
Ethics in Law (State Bar of Wisconsin).
Trial Skills, Wisconsin Public Defender Trial Skills Academy [Lake Delavan WI]
NITA Trial Skills Programs [Northwestern Law School, Chicago, Teaching Faculty]
Advocacy Through Humor [Wisconsin Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers]
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Annual Speaker OWI Defense
Criminal negligence proves difficult to prove [Eau Claire WI Negligent Homicide]
A Jury Of Your Peers [Court TV]
Understanding Homicide Prosecution [Madison 3000]
reasonable doubt from
a jury of your peers at trial
At first glance, the terms "beyond a reasonable doubt" and a trial by a "jury of your peers" manifest a tremendous hurdle to overcome doubt amongst people just like yourself, but the reality that a person experiences in a criminal trial is very different.
beyond a reasonable doubt
During a criminal trial, witnesses give testimony, and evidence is entered into the trial record and shown to the jury in an attempt to prove that the defendant committed the crime charged. At the end of the trial, the judge instructs the jury on the law, and asks the jurors to consider all of the witnesses and evidence to determine the defendant's guilt. If the jurors, they are told, can find the defendant guilty of the crime charged beyond a reasonable doubt, then they should return a guilty verdict; otherwise, they should return a not guilty verdict.
Although every defendant is innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of justice, the reality in a criminal trial is that the alleged criminal is often times presumed guilty of the crime charged in the eyes of the jurors, and must prove his innocence.
To avoid a mistaken guilty verdict, with the prosecuting attorney working diligently to prove guilt, it usually requires a highly skilled and aggressive criminal defense attorney to prevail.
jury of your peers
The term "peers" is often interpreted to mean people of approximately your age, with similar religious beliefs, earning about the same income and having been born in a similar society.
However, the jury pool from which jurors are selected for a criminal trial isn't selected from a database using those types of demographic filters. Rather, the jury pool is selected randomly from the local community. A jury of your peers means a random selection of the people who live in and around the community where the trial will be held. The final jury may consist of people much older or younger than you; people of very diverse religious beliefs; people earning below the poverty level, as well as those earning in the millions, and all income brackets in between.
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