Milwaukee County Criminal Court

Milwaukee County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Milwaukee County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Milwaukee County.

Plea Agreements

A Plea Agreement, sometimes known as a Plea Bargain is an agreement between the prosecution and the defendant, where the defendant pleads guilty or no contest often in exchange for a lesser charge or lighter recommended sentence. A large majority of criminal cases end in a plea agreement. In Milwaukee County you can inform your attorney to negotiate with the prosecution to attempt to come to a plea agreement, but this is dependent upon the charge severity and also the prosecutors willingness to accept a plea deal.

What is Jury Deliberation?

After both the prosecution and defense have presented their cases, the judge in the case will provide instructions to the jury about what they must decide. The jury will be dismissed to the jury room where they will deliberate about the guilt or innocence of the defendant. After reaching a unaminous decision, they return their decision to the court where it is read aloud in the courtroom. If the jury is unable to reach a unaminous decision, the jury is deadlocked, also known as a hung jury, in which a mistrial will be declared.

Milwaukee County Criminal Court

Milwaukee County Criminal Court

Milwaukee County Required Court Appearances

In Milwaukee County, there are both required and non-required court appearances for the defendant. At a required or mandatory appearance hearing, the defendant is required to appear in person before the court. Failing to appear at your required hearing may result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest by the judge.

Burden of Proof

The burden of proof is always on the prosecution in a criminal trial. In other words, the prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime. The defense must only prove that there is a reasonable possibility that the defendant did NOT commit the crime. If the prosecution cannot prove that the defendant committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, the jury will be instructed to find the defendant not-guilty.

If guilty, who sentences the defendant?

If the defendant is found guilty after the trial, the defendent will be sentenced. In some cases, this can occur at the same hearing the defendant is found guilty in court, in other cases a separate hearing will be required. Often the prosecution will request a particular sentence for the defendant and the judge will determine whether to enforce this sentence or impose a different sentence for the defendant.

Milwaukee County Criminal Court hearings

Criminal hearings in Milwaukee County will take place at the Milwaukee County Criminal Courts. Please see here for a list of the Milwaukee County Criminal Court Locations.

Who can help me in Milwaukee County?

For general information about your case the Milwaukee County court clerk will be able to provide legal information about your specific criminal case. Legal information is not legal advice though, the court clerk will only be able to provide information about your case, like date/time of hearings what will occur at the hearing and what you may be required to do in the hearing. They cannot provide advice about what you should do or what the best legal options may be for your particular case. Only an attorney can provide legal advice and this is your best place for information about your specific criminal proceeding. If you cannot afford to hire a private attorney to represent you, a judge will appoint an attorney to represent you, this is most often a public defender.

The Right to Counsel

The Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the U.s. Constitution give defendants in criminal cases the right to counsel/attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to represent you. Like other rights a defendant has, this one can be waived as well and alternatively you can choose to represent yourself.

Appealing a guilty verdict

A defendant may appeal a guilty verdict to an appellate court. This is not a request to have another trial, but a request for an appellate court to review the case and determine that it was handled in a correct legal manner. There are a number of outcomes in an appeal including an upholding of the conviction, a finding that errors were made resulting in a retrial or resentencing or possibly a complete disimissal of all charges.

Milwaukee County Arraignments

An arraignment is a court hearing. In Milwaukee County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Milwaukee County Criminal Court and the judge will read the charges that were filed against the defendant. The judge will also read the rights the defendant has and ask the defendant if they understand both the charges filed against them and their rights as a defendant in the case. In Milwaukee County a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest may be entered. In a guilty or no contest plea the sentencing of the defendant may take place at the same arraignment hearing or a later date may be scheduled for sentencing. For a not guilty plea, a date will be set for a trial.

Milwaukee County Prosecutor

For criminal cases in Milwaukee County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Milwaukee County. The Milwaukee County prosecutor reviews all evidence and ultimately decides whether to file or dismiss charges in the case. Most of the time, the prosecutor has leeway in plea negotiations and determines how the case will be prosecuted.

Right to Jury Trial

For “Serious Crimes”, those that can have a potential penalty of 6 months in jail OR a minimum $500 penalty, the US Constitution guarantees a right to trial by jury. This is guaranteed by Article III of the Constitution and the 6th Amendment. The accused has the ability to waive their right to trial by jury.

Milwaukee County Criminal Court Locations

  • Milwaukee County Circuit Court

    Address: 901 North 9th Street, Room 104, Milwaukee WI 53233
    Phone: 414-278-5362 Fax: 414-223-1260

  • Milwaukee County Circuit Court – Children’s Court

    Address: 10201 Watertown Plank Road, Room 1530, Wauwatosa WI 53226
    Phone: 414-257-7700 Fax: 414-454-4074

  • City of Cudahy Municipal Court

    Address: 5050 South Lake Drive, Cudahy WI 53110
    Phone: 414-769-2218 Fax: 414-769-2259

  • City of Franklin Municipal Court

    Address: 9455 West Loomis Road, Franklin WI 53132
    Phone: 414-425-4768 Fax: 414-425-0391

  • City of Glendale Municipal Court

    Address: 5909 North Milwaukee River Parkway, Glendale WI 53209
    Phone: 414-228-1752 Fax: 414-228-1707

  • City of Greenfield Municipal Court

    Address: 5300 West Layton Avenue, Greenfield WI 53220
    Phone: 414-761-5366 Fax: 414-761-5360

  • City of Milwaukee Municipal Court

    Address: 951 North James Lovell Street, Milwaukee WI 53233
    Phone: 414-286-3800

  • City of Oak Creek Municipal Court

    Address: 301 West Ryan Road, Oak Creek WI 53154
    Phone: 414-766-7621 Fax: 414-766-6691

  • City of South Milwaukee Municipal Court

    Address: 2424 15th Avenue, South Milwaukee WI 53172
    Phone: 414-768-8060 Fax: 414-768-8067

  • City of St. Francis Municipal Court

    Address: 4235 South Nicholson Avenue, St. Francis WI 53235
    Phone: 414-481-2300 Ext. 135 Fax: 414-481-7910

  • City of Wauwatosa Municipal Court

    Address: 7725 West North Avenue, Wauwatosa WI 53213
    Phone: 414-471-8488 Fax: 414-479-8999

  • City of West Allis Municipal Court

    Address: 11301 West Lincoln Avenue, West Allis WI 53227
    Phone: 414-302-8181 Fax: 414-302-8196

  • Village of Bayside Municipal Court

    Address: 9075 North Regent Road, Bayside WI 53217
    Phone: 414-351-8805 Fax: 414-351-8810

  • Village of Brown Deer Municipal Court

    Address: 4800 West Green Brook Drive, Brown Deer WI 53223
    Phone: 414-371-3003 Fax: 414-371-3045

  • Village of Fox Point Municipal Court

    Address: 7300 North Santa Monica Blvd, Fox Point WI 53217
    Phone: 414-247-6637 Fax: 414-351-8907

  • Village of Greendale Municipal Court

    Address: 5911 West Grange Avenue, Greendale WI 53129
    Phone: 414-423-2127 Fax: 414-423-2119

  • Village of Hales Corners Municipal Court

    Address: 5635 South New Berlin Road, Hales Corners WI 53130
    Phone: 414-529-6145 Fax: 414-529-6142

  • Village of River Hills Municipal Court

    Address: 7650 North Pheasant Lane, River Hills WI 53217
    Phone: 414-351-8805 Fax: 414-352-8355

  • Village of Shorewood Municipal Court

    Address: 3936 North Murray Avenue, Shorewood WI 53211
    Phone: 414-847-2617 Fax: 414-847-2622

  • Village of West Milwaukee Municipal Court

    Address: 4755 West Beloit Road, West Milwaukee WI 53214
    Phone: 414-645-5411 Fax: 414-645-8162

  • Village of Whitefish Bay Municipal Court

    Address: 5300 North Marlborough Drive, Whitefish Bay WI 53217
    Phone: 414-967-5125 Fax: 414-962-3497

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