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Criminal Defense Manual, Wisconsin
  • AK0041
  • 0-945574-86-x
  • 811

811+ pp.; 6th ed. 2015

Learn the nuts and bolts of more effective criminal defense

Whether you need advice on organizing your files, negotiating a plea bargain, or filing motions before trial, make the Wisconsin Criminal Defense Manual your guide. Whatever your level of experience, the Manual can help you advance your practice and obtain the best possible outcomes for your clients.

Find the right information — fast!

You’ll save time when searching for the right form, statute, or specific case by taking advantage of the Manual’s logical format. And when you integrate the Master Information List and Initial Interview Guide into your practice, the Manual will become one of your main criminal defense resources.

The Manual is designed to make you more efficient by giving you:

  • Extensive overviews of the law
  • Checklists for completing vital procedures accurately and completely
  • Commentary and instructions for filing necessary forms
  • A chapter on handling public defender cases

All the necessary forms

With your copy of the Manual, you will receive a complete set of forms available in Microsoft® Word or WordPerfect® format

Stay current with the latest version

The 2014–15 revision reflects legal developments since publication of the 2013–14 supplement and includes, among many others, the following updates:

  • Additional practice tips for trial, including the use of technology
  • Additional ethics tips, such as how best to maintain client confidentiality when testifying at a Machner hearing and the importance of supplemental conflict checks
  • A reorganized discussion of postconviction motions, clarifying the roles of trial and appellate counsel
  • A revised motion in limine, addressing the conduct of witnesses

A trusted resource

Reader surveys tell us that the Manual is one of the State Bar’s most valued resources. Join the many defense attorneys who rely on the Wisconsin Criminal Defense Manual for sound advice and guidance. Order your 2015 edition today! For more infomation about the new edition, click here.

Summary of contents

  1. Criminal Procedure Outline and Checklists
  2. Organizing the File
  3. Conducting the Initial Interview
  4. Analyzing the Case
  5. Bringing Pretrial Motions
  6. Negotiating a Plea
  7. Preparing for Trial
  8. Preparing for Sentencing
  9. Postconviction Proceedings
  10. Handling Public Defender Cases


  • Wisconsin Administrative Code, State Public Defender Rules
  • Truth in Sentencing II — Penalty Chart
  • Pre-Sentence Investigation Recommendation Guidance to Agents of the Division of Community Corrections

Forms Index
Subject Index

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