Wisconsin Criminal Case Wins

Over the span of her career, Tracey Wood—owner of Tracey Wood & Associates—has represented thousands of clients facing criminal charges. She and her team of associate attorneys have achieved "not guilty" verdicts in courts across the state of Wisconsin as well as reduced their clients' charges through plea bargains. Here are some of their most noteworthy successes: 

Charge: Sex Crime

In Sauk County, Tracey Wood & Associates filed a petition to have a client removed from the sex offender registry when we represented him after conviction, even though he was supposed to be on for life.

Result: Client removed from sex offender registry

Charge: OWI

Attorney Adam Welch had a drunk driving case dismissed in Dane County after arguing that the police did not have probable cause to arrest the client.

Result: Case Dismissed

Charge: Embezzlement and Fraud

After negotiating with the prosecutor, who learned that there were many defenses to the case, the team at Tracey Wood & Associates was able to convince the prosecutor not to charge our client with embezzlement and fraud.

Result: No charges filed

Charge: Sexual Assault

The attorneys at Tracey Wood & Associates protected a client from being charged with sexual assault in two different counties by presenting proof that the alleged victim was motivated to lie in a custody battle.

Result: No charges filed

Charge: Fourth Offense OWI

In Rock County, Tracey Wood & Associates won a jury trial for a client facing a fourth offense OWI.

Result: Acquittal

Charge: OWI

The prosecutor in this case offered to amend the charge to reckless driving after Tracey Wood & Associates presented evidence at trial but before the judge announced the verdict. The client elected to settle for the lesser charge in municipal court in Dane County.

Result: Charges reduced to reckless driving

Charge: OWI administrative review hearing

In Dane County, attorney Teuta Jonuzi won an administrative review hearing, saving a client’s license, for successfully arguing that a police officer’s administration of the field sobriety tests was lacking. The hearing examiner found no probable cause for the arrest.

Result: Client's license NOT suspended

Charge: Second Offense OWI

Attorney Sarah Schmeiser won a drunk driving jury trial in a second offense criminal case out of Barron County . Sarah was able to prove that the test result was inaccurate. The jury agreed and the client's CDL license was saved.

Result: Not guilty verdict

Charge: Second Degree Sexual Assault

In Dane county after preparation for trial on three counts of second degree sexual assault and at the beginning of trial, the State dropped felony charges and reduced to misdemeanor. This avoided any felony conviction and sex offender registration for the firm’s client.

Result: Charges reduced to misdemeanor

Charge: Felony and misdemeanor domestic charges

In Dane county, after the close of evidence after Sarah Schmeiser successfully argued the jury should hear additional information in a domestic case involving both felony and misdemeanor charges, the State dismissed all charges.

Result: Charges reduced

Charge: Possession of Child Pornography

In a Dane County case alleging possession of child pornography, Adam Welch discovered that the police illegally searched his client’s phone, leading to a dismissal of the child pornography charges, avoiding mandatory prison sentences and sex offender registration.

Result: Charges dismissed

Charge: OMVWI

A client charged with OMVWI had the charges amended to a lesser offense, thanks to the work of Tracey Wood and Associates.

Result: Amended to lesser charge

Charge: Attempted Sexual Assault (Postconviction Hearing)

In a postconviction hearing in Dane County on a case of attempted sexual assault involving two high-schoolers, Attorney Adam Welch successfully argued that it was not necessary to have his client continue to be classified as a registered sex offender.

Result: The client is now OFF of the sex offender registry.

Charge: OMVWI

Tracey Wood and Associates worked on behalf of a client to achieve an amendment of an OMVWI charge to a lesser offense.

Result: Amended to a lesser charge

Charge: Appeal of blood test results

A big win for our client in two separate courts. Tracey Wood and Adam Welch argued before both the trial court and Wisconsin Court of Appeals for the suppression of the results of a blood test taken by police where consent to testing was withdrawn before the lab actually tested the blood. The circuit court judge suppressed. The State appealed, and the suppression order was upheld by the Court of Appeals.

Result: Test results were suppressed

Charge: OMVWI

In Columbia County, Tracey Wood and Associates achieved a jury acquittal for a client charged with OMVWI.

Result: Jury acquittal

Charge: Hit and Run

The attorneys at Tracey Wood & Associates were able to convince a prosecutor in Dane County that the State lacked the evidence to prove their client was the driver of a vehicle in a hit and run case. All charges dismissed prior to trial.

Result: Charges DISMISSED

Charge: OMVWI administrative review hearings

In a number of recent administrative review hearings in Wisconsin, attorney Teuta Jonuzi has successfully argued that police did not follow procedures under the Implied Consent Law, resulting in no driver’s license suspension to OMVWI clients of Tracey Wood & Associates.

Result: Drivers licenses for our clients were NOT suspended

Charge: OWI

A client was charged with OWI in Sauk County. Tracey Wood and Associates worked to get this charge dismissed.

Result: Charge dismissed

Charge: Strangulation and felony battery

At the end of a two-day trial, the State moved to dismiss all counts in a felony domestic assault case in Dane County. Attorney Sarah Schmeiser brought out inconsistencies in the complaining witness’ statement. New evidence was also discovered at trial. When the Judge granted Attorney Schmeiser’s motion to present that evidence to the jury, the case was dismissed. A happy client is now able to move on with his life.

Result: Charges DISMISSED

Charge: First offense OWI and refusal in Sauk County

Sarah Schmeiser was able to challenge the reasons for the OWI investigation as well as whether the client was given the right information when making the decision on whether to agree to an evidentiary test. As a result, the charge was amended to a reckless driving.

Result: Charges reduced

Charge: Immigration/residency

In what is currently a tough immigration climate, Sarah Schmeiser was able to overcome questions about a client’s criminal history and achieved a permanent legal residency for the client.

Result: Permanent legal residency granted

Charge: Domestic abuse

Sarah Schmeiser was able to convince a prosecutor and judge in Waupaca County to reopen and amend an old domestic abuse criminal case to a non-criminal disposition. This allowed the firm’s client to reinstate his firearms and hunting privileges. Sarah was successful even after another attorney had tried and failed to get the case reopened.

Result: Charge amended to non-criminal disposition

Charge: Three separate felony OWIs

After being hired for a client who had three pending OWI felony cases throughout Wisconsin, where the client had been told by his prior attorney that he could expect to be convicted of two felonies and spend time in prison, the team at Tracey Wood & Associates was able to make sure that there was NO felony conviction. One OWI was dismissed outright, and Sarah Schmeiser identified a successful challenge to a prior out-of-state offense which led to the other two charges being reduced. The outcome was no felony conviction and no time in prison.

Result: NO felony convictions; one charge dismissed, two charges reduced

Charge: Felony drunk driving

In Columbia County, Sarah Schmeiser was able to convince the prosecutor there was not enough evidence to prove the firm’s client drove the vehicle, and the case was dismissed outright.

Result: Case dismissed

Charge: First offense OWI

In Dane County, Adam Welch was able to demonstrate that the arresting officer violated his client’s right to an alternative chemical test. Based on this violation, the charge was dismissed.

Result: Charge dismissed

Charge: First offense OWI

In Sauk County, Sarah Schmeiser and Adam Welch successfully called into question the accuracy of the client’s blood test by showing that alcohol was tainting all blood samples run through the machine, even those that were known to be alcohol free. As a result, the charge was amended to reckless driving.

Result: Charge reduced to reckless driving

Charge: Third offense OWI

In Dane County, a client was charged with third offense OWI. Adam Welch was able to obtain a not guilty verdict at a jury trial by showing that the client had not been driving his vehicle.

Result: Not guilty verdict

Charge: Criminal OWI offense

In Dane County, a client was charged with a criminal OWI offense. Adam Welch got all charges dismissed by arguing that the police officer illegally pulled over his client without any evidence that his client had committed a traffic violation.

Result: Charges dismissed

Charge: Sexual Assault

In Dane county, a client charged with sexual assault was acquitted at a jury trial led by attorneys Sarah Schmeiser and Adam Welch.

Result: Not guilty verdict

Charge: First Degree Intentional Homicide

A client in Dane County was charged with first degree intentional homicide. If convicted, the client faced mandatory life imprisonment. The team at Tracey Wood & Associates petitioned for a lesser charge. The jury agreed and the client was acquitted.

Result: Not Guilty Verdict

Charge: Operating Under the Influence and Prohibited Alcohol Concentration

Tracey Wood & Associates successfully argued in the City of Edgerton Municipal Court that the error rate on the Intoximeter used in this case was such that the client was likely under the limit and not impaired at the time of arrest.

Result: NOT GUILTY verdict

Charge: First degree sexual assault of a child

A client in Dane County was charged with first degree sexual assault of a child. Tracey Wood & Associates was able to show that statements against our client were the result of a relationship break up and a custody battle over the couple’s infant child. It was our belief that all the allegations were false and used as an attempt for the ex spouse to try and get custody of the other child. The jury agreed.

Result: Not Guilty Verdict

Charge: Second Offense OWI

In Dane County, a client was charged with a second offense OWI. Tracey Wood & Associates was successful in defending the client against a prosecution that was not able to establish operation of a motor vehicle, as the client was found in a vehicle but was not currently driving.

Result: Case Dismissed

Charge: OMVWI

A client in Evansville was charged with OMVWI. The team at Tracey Wood & Associates worked to have this serious charge amended to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

Result: Amended to reckless driving

Charge: Telephone harassment

In Dane County, a client was charged with telephone harassment. Tracey Wood & Associates worked to have the prosecution dismiss the charges against the client.

Result: Charges dismissed

Charge: OMVWI

A client in Dane County was charged with OMVWI. After examining the video evidence of the stop, Tracey Wood & Associates argued that the officer’s report of the client’s performance on the field sobriety test did not match the performance captured on video.

Result: Charges dismissed

Charge: Second degree reckless endangerment

Tracey Wood & Associates worked to have a second degree reckless endangerment charge against a client in Sauk County dropped.

Result: Charges dropped

Charge: 3rd Offense OWI

In Dane county, a client was charged with a third offense OWI. Tracey Wood & Associates worked t get the charges dismissed before the client’s case ever went to trial.

Result: Charges dismissed

Charge: Violating a Domestic Abuse Injunction

A client did not realize that writing a letter would constitute a violation of a domestic abuse injunction. Tracey Wood & Associates pleaded his case in front of a jury in Dane County and achieved a not guilty verdict.

Result: Not Guilty Verdict

Charge: Sexual Assault

Our client—a college student—was charged with sexual assault, which could have resulted in incarceration and mandatory sex offender registration. Tracey Wood and her team were successful in achieving a not guilty verdict in a jury trial and clearing the client’s name.

Result: NOT GUILTY

Charge: OWI

A client in Dane County was charged with OWI. Tracey Wood & Associates was able to have the charge reduced to a lesser offense of reckless driving.

Result: Charge amended to reckless driving

Charge: Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle

Client was charged with two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. Tracey and her team were able to prove that the accident would have happened even if the client had not been drinking.

Result: Charge dismissed

Charge: Burglary

Tracey Wood & Associates represented a client on appeal who had been convicted of multiple counts of burglary. The firm argued that the client’s first attorney was ineffective in representing him in the first trial. The court agreed.

Result: New trial awarded

Charge: Possession with Intent to Deliver THC

Tracey and her team argued that mere proximity to drugs in a home does not establish possession or intent to deliver. The court agreed and dismissed the charge at the conclusion of the preliminary examination.

Result: Charge dismissed

Charge: Felony Criminal Damage to Property

The client was charged with felony criminal damage to property based upon property destruction as a result of a car accident. The firm argued that accidents, by their very nature, don’t carry intent to destroy property. Without intent, there can be no felony criminal damage to property as intent is an element. The court agreed and dismissed the charge at preliminary examination.

Result: Charge dismissed

Charge: OWI and PAC

Client was charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI) and prohibited alcohol concentration (PAC) after the results of the breathalyzer showed his blood alcohol content was .21. Tracey Wood & Associates argued insufficient evidence and the client was acquitted of all charges.

Result: Acquittal (not guilty)

Charge: Felony OWI

Client was charged with a seventh offense OWI, which is a felony in Wisconsin. Tracey Wood presented a collateral attack defense, which negated three of the client’s prior convictions, making this a fourth offense OWI.

Result: Charges reduced to misdemeanor

Charge: OMVWI/PAC

A client was charged with OMVWI (operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated) and PAC (prohibited alcohol content) in the City of Fitchburg. Tracey Wood achieved an amendment of these charges to a reckless driving.

Result: Charges reduced to reckless driving

Charge: Fifth Offense Felony OMVWI

Client in Sauk County was charged with a fifth offense OMVWI, which is a felony in Wisconsin. Tracey Wood & Associates was successful in amending this charge to a third offense misdemeanor.

Result: Charges reduced to misdemeanor

Charge: Multiple Criminal Charges

A client in Lafayette County was charged with attempted homicide, false imprisonment and first degree reckless endangerment. Tracey Wood & Associates was successful in having the charges against the client dismissed.

Result: Case dismissed

Charge: Strangulation and Reckless Endangerment

Client was facing felony charges of strangulation and reckless endangerment. These charges were amended to misdemeanor battery and the client was only required to serve probation.

Result: Felony charges dismissed

Charge: First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child (Appeal)

Client was convicted of first degree sexual assault of a child. On appeal, Tracey Wood & Associates argued that the client received ineffective assistance of trial counsel. The judge agreed and the verdict was reversed.

Result: Appeal granted, client released from prison

Charge: Hit-and-run

A client in Dodge County was charged with hit-and-run. Tracey Wood & Associates successfully argued to have this charge dismissed.

Result: Charges dismissed

Charge: Felony eluding a police officer

Tracey Wood took on this case and was able to have the felony charge of eluding a police officer dismissed.

Result: Felony charge dismissed

Charge: Hit-and-run

This client was charged with hit-and-run. Tracey Wood negotiated with the prosecutor, who agreed to dismiss the case.

Result: Case dismissed

Charge: Inappropriate touching of a child

The client was accused of inappropriately touching a child. While he was under investigation and before charges were filed, he retained the services of attorney Tracey Wood. Her team was able to prevent charges from ever being filed, which saved the client’s job and reputation.

Result: No charges filed

Charge: Criminal battery, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct

Our client was charged with three offenses: criminal battery, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Tracey Wood successfully fought to amend these charges to noncriminal ordinance violations, which are less serious offenses.

Result: Charges amended to non-criminal violations

Charge: Restraining order violation

The client was charged with violating a restraining order. Tracey Wood took on the case and got the charge dismissed.

Result: Case dismissed

Charge: Felony stalking

The client was facing felony stalking charges. Tracey Wood successfully fought to have the charge amended to a misdemeanor that was punishable by only three months of probation.

Result: Charges reduced; client served three months probation

Charges: OWI & PAC

The client was facing an operating while under the influence and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration first offense. The municipal court case based their case upon insufficient evidence, and the client had a .21 BAC according to the EC/IR II.

Result: Client was found not guilty.

Charge: OMVWI

Client was facing an operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated charge, however Tracey Wood was able to get both cases reduced to reckless driving.

Result: Charges reduced

Charge: 7th OWI

The client was a 7th operating while intoxicated offender out of 3 priors on a collateral attack, and he’s now being charged with a misdemeanor fourth offense.

Result: Charges reduced

Charge: First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child

The conviction was reversed on an appeal and the client was released from prison. The case should have never have resulted in a conviction in the first place and we argued ineffective assistance of trial counsel. The court agreed and the conviction was reversed.

Result: Conviction was reversed

Charge: Sexual Assault of a Child

A client who worked as a teacher’s aide was in prison for child sexual assault. He maintained his innocence from the beginning, but lost his first case at trial. Tracey Wood & Associates argued ineffective assistance of council on appeal. The judge agreed and reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial. The client has been released from prison and has been reunited with his family fir the first time in nearly three years.

Result: Conviction overturned; new trial ordered

Charge: OWI

A client facing OWI charges had his blood drawn while he was in jail. Tracey Wood & Associates argued to have the results of that blood test suppressed on the grounds that the State was unable to prove that the EMT who did the draw did so under the direction of a physician. The court agreed and the case was reversed.

Result: Case reversed

Charge: Sex Crime Involving Underage Victim

Client was convicted of a sex crime involving an underage victim in Monroe County. Tracey Wood & Associates filed a post-conviction motion to vacate the conviction. The motion was granted.

Result: Conviction vacated

Charge: OWI with a Child in the Car

A client was charged with operating under the influence with a child in the car. A conviction would have resulted in a crime on his record and mandatory jail time. He received neither penalty, as his charge was amended to a mere forfeiture violation.

Result: Charge amended to a forfeiture violation

Charge: OWI

A client facing an OWI charge in Dane County received a reduced charge after the team at Tracey Wood & Associates discovered that there were problems with the Intoximeter machine used in his arrest.

Result: Charge reduced to reckless driving

Charge: Fraud

Our client was facing fraud charges. The charges were dismissed due to the prosecution’s inability to prove intent.

Result: Case dismissed

Charge: Multiple OMVWI's

In less than a week, the firm secured two OMVWI dismissals on the behalf of two different clients. In both cases, Tracey and her team were able to show that police failed to tape and/or destroyed the tape of the arrest process.

Result: Cases dismissed

Charge: Federal Wire Fraud

Our client was in the midst of a federal wire fraud investigation when Tracey Wood & Associates stepped in. The firm helped the client avoid conviction.

Result: Case dismissed

Charge: Federal Cyberstalking

Client was facing federal cyberstalking charges. Tracey Wood & Associates won the case.

Result: Case dismissed

Charge: Strangulation and Suffocation

Our client was charged with strangulation and suffocation. Tracey Wood & Associates obtained a deferred prosecution agreement in lieu of criminal charges on the client’s behalf.

Result: No criminal charges and a deferred prosecution agreement only

Charge: Bankruptcy Fraud

The client was facing federal bankruptcy fraud charges with allegations of hiding assets and failure to report income—in the millions of dollars. Tracey and her team worked to secure a favorable deal where the client served a short period of time behind bars followed by probation.

Result: Deal reached with minimal jail time in a federal case

Charge: Hit and Run Homicide

A client was charged with hit and run homicide. Tracey Wood and Associates worked to achieve a not guilty verdict on the client’s behalf.

Result: Jury found client NOT GUILTY

Charge: Sexual Assault and Strangulation

Tracey Wood and Associates was able to get charges of sexual assault and strangulation against a client dismissed in Dane County.

Result: Case DISMISSED

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