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Criminal Defense Manual, Wisconsin
  • AK0041
  • 978-1-57862-430-0
  • 811

902+ pp.; 6th ed. 2014-2015
Includes 2016-17 supplement

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

Both the print and Books UnBound versions include a complete set of fillable, unannotated forms via download..

Newly updated to keep you current

The 2016-17 supplement of the Wisconsin Criminal Defense Manual reflects important recent legal developments, including:

  • New electronic filing (e-filing) requirements being phased in on a county-by-county basis. Author-drafted forms and references to mandatory court forms have been updated to reflect these new rules.
  • For a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, fourth offense, courts have a longer time period to look for prior convictions.
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court opinions discussing:
    • The use of an expert witness who reviewed the file of a lab analyst, who was employed in the same lab but unavailable for trial.
    • Ex post facto claims for clients, who committed crimes, were sentenced, or were serving sentences while 2009 Wis. Act 28 was active.
    • The need for attorneys to discuss the potential for deportation if a client is not a citizen.
    • Whether a trial court should have dismissed a criminal complaint because it was not sufficiently definite.

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. For more infomation about the 2015 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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