Question: Can any attorney represent me in my federal crimes case in Wisconsin?

Answer: No. An attorney has to be admitted to practice in that federal district that’s specific to the case. So in Wisconsin, there are two federal districts: the western and the eastern. And an attorney is not automatically admitted into any federal district, so they have to actually have gone through that process and be an attorney that is admitted to practice in front of that court. So, you could have an attorney that is not admitted in any federal court, or one that’s only admitted in the western district or the eastern district. So those are issues that you would need to check out.

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