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Madison criminal defense lawyer Robert T. Ruth defends individuals accused of crimes in Wisconsin and federal courts. He has been a Wisconsin lawyer since 1993 and has devoted his law firm to criminal defense since then. Focused on success in every case, he is well-versed in all aspects of criminal defense in Wisconsin and federal courts, from the initial stages of a case through direct appeal, petition for review or petition for certiorari and collateral attack. If you stand accused or convicted of a crime, let his experience in the courtroom and in the court of appeals, along with his commitment to his clients, go to work for you.

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  • OWI, 2nd Offense - Case Dismissed

    Madison, WI My client's car was stopped in a parking lot of a closed business after bar time. The officer said he stopped him to investigate why he was in the parking lot of a closed business after hours. We

  • First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child - Not Guilty Verdict

    Madison, WI The Dane County DA charged my client with First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. This is a 40 year felony, so the stakes were high. The alleged victim claimed that she woke up to my client assaulting her sexually, and

  • Federal Charge - Felon in Possession of a Firearm - Not Guilty Verdict

    Madison, WI In a Western District of Wisconsin firearm case, several witnesses claimed that they saw my client, a felon, in possession of a .357 magnum and a rifle. Both guns were allegedly found during a search of my client's

  • Federal Drug Charge - Motion to Suppress Granted, Case Dismissed

    Milwaukee, WI In an Eastern District of Wisconsin case, my client was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Federal agents working

  • Federal Drug Conspiracy - "Mere presence" not enough, case dismissed

    Milwaukee, WI In the federal court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin my client was charged with distribution of a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Undercover agents performed a

  • OWI - Motion to Suppress Evidence Granted/Not Guilty Verdict

    Richland Center, WI My client was found sleeping in his car near the side of the road. The officer woke him up and eventually arrested him for operating while intoxicated and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration

  • OWI, 3rd Reduced to a First Offense on Appeal

    Bayfield, WI The client was charged with OWI, 3rd offense. I challenged the constitutionality of the second offense. The trial court denied the motion and imposed an 80 day jail sentence, along with a fine of almost $2,000.00. The

  • Juneau County, OWI, 3rd Reduced to First Offense

    Mauston, WI The client faced a third offense OWI, which carries a jail sentence of 30 days to one year. The guidelines suggested a sentence of 60 days based on the facts of the case. The trial court granted my motion to disqualify from consideration the second offense. This

  • Sauk County Felony Battery - Not Guilty Verdict

    Baraboo, WI Often the investigation makes the difference in a criminal case. This was the case in one felony battery case that I had where the alleged victim claimed that my client hit him in the face in a Sauk

  • Dane County Burglary Charge - Dismissed at Preliminary Hearing

    Madison, WI My client was charged with burglary based mostly on the statement of the alleged victim. At the beginning of the case, before we even had discovery I sent out my investigator to ask some questions. He found the alleged

  • Rock County Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child - Dismissed

    Janesville, WI The state charged my client with sexual assault based on a statement made by the alleged victim. A few days before the trial, my investigator got the alleged victim to talk to him.

  • Milwaukee County OWI, 3rd Reduced to a First Offense

    Milwaukee, WI The client was charged with OWI, 3rd offense. The state offered to settle the case for 5 months jail, plus extraordinary fees. We rejected the settlement offer and I challenged the constitutionality...

  • Dane County Prison Sentence - Conviction Reversed

    Madison, WI Before I represented him, the client was convicted of a misdemeanor offense as a habitual criminal and sentenced to the maximum 3 years prison. One of the first things I did when I took the case was get...

  • Juneau County, OWI 3rd, Reduced to a First Offense

    Mauston, WI My client was charged in Juneau County with OWI, 3rd Offense. The state offered to settle the case with 90 days in jail and fines of around $2,500,000. We rejected the offer and challenged the constitutionality...

  • Sauk County, OWI, 4th Reduced to a 3rd Offense

    Baraboo, WI Winning a challenge to a prior offense does not always eliminate the possibility of jail, but it usually makes the situation much better. In a Sauk County case charging OWI, 4th Offense, the guidelines called...

  • Federal 15 year Mandatory Minimum Defeated by State Collateral Attack

    Madison, WI In the federal court in the Western District of Wisconsin, my client was charged with felony in possession of a firearm. He faced a 15 year minimum under the Armed Career Criminal Act because of three or more...

  • Juneau County OWI, 3rd Reduced to 2nd Offense

    Mauston, WI The Juneau County District Attorney charged my client with OWI, 3rd offense. Based on the alleged facts of the case, the guidelines recommended a 90 day jail sentence. We successfully challenged the constitutionality...

  • Columbia County Drug Charges - Not Guilt Verdicts

    Portage, WI This case started like many drug cases. The policy found illegal drugs and paraphernalia hidden in my client's car. My client owned the car and he was the sole occupant at the time of the police contact. At trial...

  • Sauk County OWI 3rd reduced to a 2nd Offense

    Baraboo, WI The Sauk County District Attorney charged my client with OWI, 3rd Offense. Under the local guidelines and the alleged facts of the case, this meant a sentence of 90-120 days. I successfully challenged the...

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  • Robert T. Ruth Law Offices, S.C.
  • Madison Criminal Defense Lawyers
    7 North Pinckney St., Suite 240
    Madison, Wisconsin 53703
  • Phone : (608) 257-2540
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