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FAQ Section

Each case and every client is different. Having said that, however, there are common questions and concerns that numerous people have. At Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C., we felt that there would be some value in listing some of the most frequently asked questions on our website. To discuss your specific concerns, we invite you to schedule a free initial consultation at either of our convenient offices.

Do I Need To Hire An Attorney?

Even though you might believe your charges to be minor, it is crucial that you work with a skilled criminal defense lawyer. Even something as minor as a traffic ticket can have a ripple effect that you might not be aware of. A critical first step in fully understanding your charge and potential consequences is to discuss the matter with an experienced attorney.

Should I Speak With Law Enforcement?

In short, no, not without your attorney present. It is wise to be polite and respectful, but you have the right to remain silent so you don’t unintentionally incriminate yourself. Even if you believe yourself to be helping, you might be walking into a trap designed to elicit a confession or implicate you in a crime. We can advise you on which questions to answer and which questions not to answer.

What’s The Difference Between A Dismissal And An Expungement?

Depending on the strength of the case, the prosecutor might not choose to proceed. A dismissal basically means that the prosecutor has dropped the case. Even if the case is dismissed, it might still show up during a criminal record check. Even if there is no criminal conviction, the charges might hurt you in the future. An expungement, conversely, is the legal process by which all traces of your charge are erased. Depending on your specific circumstances, you might not be eligible for an expungement. It is important to call or email an attorney to learn more about your options.

Is There A Significant Difference Between A Felony And A Misdemeanor?

You might have seen or heard the words felony and misdemeanor on television, in books or on Internet advertising, but are unsure of the difference. Put simply, the severity of the offense or your criminal history might move the charge from a misdemeanor (the minor version of the offense) to a felony (a more serious charge). A felony charge will usually carry more significant penalties upon conviction, including hefty fines and incarceration. For clarification regarding your charge and the penalties you might face, schedule a free consultation at our firm.

Contact Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C.

No matter the severity of your criminal offense, it is crucial to have an experienced defense attorney on your side. Contact Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C., to schedule a free initial consultation. We can be reached by phone or through our online contact form.

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“I just want to say thank you for the outstanding work you have done for him and let you know how much we appreciate the time and attention you gave to his case. We are obviously overjoyed by today’s dismissal!” (Child pornography case dismissed after motion to suppress was granted)”

“After having had time to exhale, we thank each one of you and all the others who contributed to the exemplary Supreme Court presentation. We are proud of your efforts on our behalf and, equally important, on behalf of the many present and future defendants statewide.” (Client’s comment after Supreme Court oral argument)

“Thank you. Thank you. I am so pleased to hear that we won. It doesn’t seem that it was even a close call. I appreciate your efforts.” (Oconto County defendant after Buting, Williams & Stilling got his prison sentence overturned in the court of appeals) ”

“Your time and advice was appreciated more than words can express at a time when we really needed someone to guide us.” (Client)

“The outcome was amazing, one unavailable even under identical circumstances in probably 98 percent of federal courtrooms around the country. Separate and apart from the outcome, though, I am supremely impressed by your efforts on your client’s behalf. Your comments in support of the requested sentence were perfect in tone and, having now reviewed the extensive sentencing memorandum you filed, your work in that regard was exemplary as well. Your client was certainly fortunate to have you as his attorney.” (Local federal court attorney present at a sentencing)

“I can’t thank you enough, not only for all of the tireless work that you and your staff put into my case, but for telling me what I needed to hear, at a time when I absolutely had to hear it. I consider myself blessed for everything turning out the way it did, especially since I blindly picked you out of a phone book! You helped me, my family and friends in many more ways than the money ever could.” (Child pornography client)

“I think you will find that in any circles where Kathy’s name is raised, people will always respond positively and identify her as an extremely hardworking, knowledgeable and ethical lawyer who is timely and effective with any endeavor she takes on. These circles would include colleagues, friends, prosecutors, judges, professors and others who have crossed paths with Kathy. They would also include the many lawyers like me who have referred numerous cases to Kathy, invariably with positive feedback from the clients regarding her knowledge of their case, empathy, professionalism and fair-mindedness in addressing their concerns.” (Fellow attorney)

“Thank you for giving [our son] back to us. Wonderful work!” (Family of client accused of armed robbery after charges were dismissed)

“Yes, His perfect time and perfect place, you were a part of this plan. I almost didn’t hire you, but I took a step of faith trusting Him and look what happened? Praise God. Our Lord put you in your vocation for a reason, continue to help those He brings your way. May He bless you in ALL you do!” (Client who was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault in a northwestern Wisconsin county. He was released from prison after attorneys got his conviction reversed.)

“I really cannot thank you enough for your past help. You really know your stuff. It is actually funny when I think about my other past attorney’s knowledge and then when I talk with you. It’s like night and day. You’re like a walking book of knowledge with a purpose-driven life. Thanks.” (Brown County client of attorney Buting)

“A year later and I still believe your defense is the single best example of lawyering I have ever seen.” (Television reporter commenting on attorney Buting’s defense of Steven Avery)

“You have a certain brilliance that makes me sure that when you talk, it is good information and I am in good hands. You tell it to me like it is even when the things you say are not always the things that I would like to hear. You keep it REAL!!!” (Brown County client)

“Thank you, thank you, thank you! I feel like this was one of the biggest blessings that happened in my life. I put this along with my children being born healthy and when I survived that horrific shooting. I appreciate everything you have done for me. I couldn’t ask for better lawyers. I want to say thank you to everybody at your firm. I owe you more than the fee you so rightfully deserve. … You gave me back hope. Thank you, man! Out of my 36 years … I have never seen such kindness before. I don’t know what I did to deserve this; I’m very thankful nonetheless. Thank you for giving me hope again. Thank you for your generosity. There are still some really good people around.” (Federal criminal appeal client)

“There is no other attorney I’ve ever even heard of I’d rather have as chief counsel and leader of my defense/appeals than Jerome Buting. You’re the best. Period.” (Dane County client)

“Your advice and counsel were greatly appreciated. We appreciate you taking the time on your Sunday and evenings to help us. We are SO happy about the results! Thanks again.” (Waukesha County client)

“Thank you again … for everything. Five and one-half years of commitment, so many ups and downs and an outcome like that. You did a GREAT job.” (Waukesha County felony drug offense client)