Criminal Defense

Stafford Rosenbaum's criminal defense team earns great satisfaction helping people in need of sound advice and experienced representation. Our criminal defense attorneys' style is to help clients cope with their situation by exploring with them various legal options to discover the best course of action. Stafford Rosenbaum prides itself on its reputation for responsive, practical, and aggressive representation of individuals, small businesses, and corporations accused of criminal misconduct. We represent clients throughout Wisconsin and in federal courts. Stafford Rosenbaum's criminal defense attorneys regularly work not only in state courts and many municipal courts, but also in federal courts. They handle all types of criminal cases at all stages of criminal proceedings—from investigation to pre-charging negotiation, to practice before a Grand Jury, to motion hearings, to jury trial and through appeal. Our criminal defense team also counsels witnesses when they are involved in criminal proceedings. 

Criminal Defense Representations

We represent individuals and businesses who are suspected of or have been accused in federal and state courts. Our criminal defense attorneys handle a wide-range of criminal defense cases, including: 

  • Arson
  • Battery and Assault
  • Bribery
  • Computer Crimes
  • Conspiracy
  • Criminal and Civil Forfeiture
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Criminal Tax Investigations
  • Domestic Violence Allegations
  • Drug Offenses
  • Embezzlement
  • Expungement of Criminal Convictions
  • Fraud
  • Grand Jury Witness Representation
  • Homicide
  • Juvenile Law
  • Law Enforcement Investigations
  • Property Offenses
  • Restraining Orders
  • Sex Offenses
  • Tax Offenses
  • Theft
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Weapons Offenses
  • White Collar Offenses
  • Wire Fraud
  • Witness Representation

Effective client communication is at the center of our legal practice, and we take the time to truly listen to our clients. Stafford Rosenbaum is dedicated to assisting those accused of criminal misconduct. Whether it is through a negotiated agreement with the government or by trial, our attorneys work hard to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients. Stafford Rosenbaum provides our clients with experienced attorneys who excel at handling sensitive matters during times of great difficulty, helping alleviate our clients' fears about the criminal justice system.

Stafford Rosenbaum's criminal defense practice group is headed by Gerald W. Mowris, who has been continually recognized as being among the best criminal defense attorneys in Wisconsin. He brings over thirty years of experience to each client's case. Gerald is a founding member and past-president of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and past president of both the Dane County Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Erika Bierma is an experienced criminal defense attorney who was formerly a private practitioner specializing in criminal defense prior to joining the Federal Defender Office for the Western District of Wisconsin.  She has resumed her private practice with Stafford Rosenbaum.