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Patrick K. Cafferty

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Best Lawyers in America

2014 Edition for Criminal Defense

What We Do

Cafferty Law Office offers a variety of criminal defense services on the state and federal levels.


Why We Succeed

We have been obtaining favorable results for our clients
since 1994.


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Experienced in State and Federal Cases

We defend individuals a variety of criminal defense services both at the state and federal level.

Accused of a White Collar Crime?

Man arrested for a white collar crime, may need the services of a Racine criminal law attorney

Our Attorneys defend the rights of people charged with state and federal white collar crimes in Racine, Kenosha and throughout Wisconsin.


Facing a Drug Charge?

Man facing drug charges may need a Racine criminal defense lawyer

Our firm is recognized for our tenacious protection of clients’ rights. Our drug defense attorney aggressively pursues strategies to find alternatives to a conviction.


Charged with DUI?

how a criminal attorney can help with a DUI case

Our OWI lawyers are experinced with more than 20 years of experince and hundreds of successful drunk driving defense cases to our record.

Other Services

Why We Succeed.

We have been obtaining favorable results for our clients since 1994.

Patrick Cafferty is an experienced and driven Racine criminal defense attorney who handles each case personally. Since 1994, he has been representing clients in the Racine & Kenosha area facing criminal charges. In that time, he has earned the respect of clients, prosecutors and judges, as well as many of the major players in the legal community. His record of successful case outcomes as well as his dedication to his clients have earned him a place in the Best Lawyers in America®2012-2015 editions for Criminal Defense as well as inclusion as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer® from 2008 through 2014.

Attorney Cafferty has also received the distinguished AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.

At Cafferty Law Office, you are an individual, not just another case number and will be treated as such. When you work with our firm, we'll first take the time to ask about and understand your individual circumstances so that we can create a unique defense strategy that addresses your specific needs and goals. We have the depth of experience and ability to conduct thorough pretrial investigations and preparation for court as we works toward the results you seek.

Criminal Defense FAQs

  • How much do criminal attorneys cost?
    We offer a free consultation to prospective clients. As fees vary from case to case, we can discuss our fee arrangement for your particular case at that initial meeting. Many criminal charges carry heavy fines in addition to other penalties such as prison time. A criminal record can have a negative impact on future employment and income and the ability to retain a professional license. Attorney Patrick Cafferty has been practicing criminal defense since 1994 and has a history of success for his clients. Retaining our firm to represent you may be the most cost-effective decision you could make.
  • I was convicted of some minor crimes a long time ago. Will they count against me now?
    That depends on the crimes involved and how long ago they occurred. Prior convictions are a significant factor in Wisconsin OWI cases. Second, third or fourth OWI convictions carry mandatory jail time, and a fifth arrest is filed as a felony. A prior conviction for possession of certain controlled substances can cause a second and any subsequent offense to be charged as a felony and carry penalties that are more severe.
  • How do plea bargains work?
    Plea bargains are often negotiated between the prosecuting attorney and the defense lawyer. Depending on the facts and evidence in your case, the prosecutor may offer you the option of pleading guilty to a lesser charge with a lighter sentence. That way you would avoid a trial and the possibility of conviction of the original charge. If the prosecution offers a plea bargain, your attorney can advise you and discuss your options, based on the strength of the case, your wishes and other factors.
  • If I talk to you about my case, will you tell anyone what I say?
    Conversations about a case between a client and criminal law attorney are protected under attorney-client privilege. That means that anything you tell attorney Patrick Cafferty will be confidential. You can feel free to speak openly about the circumstances of your case, both during your free consultation and when you retain our firm to represent you.
  • The police did not read me my rights. Does that mean my charges will be thrown out?
    That depends on the circumstances. Police do not have to read you your Miranda rights if you are not in custody and they do not interrogate or question you. However, the law does require police officers to inform you of your Miranda rights before questioning or interrogation begins if you are in custody. Failure to do so would be a violation by the police of your constitutional rights. It would give your attorney cause to file a motion to suppress evidence with the court. If the motion was granted, any statement or confession you made after your arrest could be inadmissible in court and invalid as evidence against you.
  • I have been charged with a misdemeanor. Should I just plead guilty?
    The answer is absolutely not. Depending on the crime, a misdemeanor could carry heavy penalties, including jail time. A criminal record could have a negative impact on your future prospects for employment, housing, education and relationships. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony crime, it is important to retain an experienced Racine or Kenosha criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights.
  • The police want to talk to me about a crime. Should I talk to them?
    Whether you are being investigated in a criminal case or have already been arrested and charged, it is important to remember these two basic rights: the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Politely inform the police that you would like to have an attorney present during any discussion and then consult with a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. If you are a suspect or are facing criminal charges, law enforcement is not your friend, and anything you say to them can and will be used against you.
  • Do I really need a criminal defense lawyer, or can I represent myself?
    “The man who represents himself has a fool for a client” is an adage with a solid basis in truth. Criminal law is a highly specialized area, and even attorneys do not typically represent themselves when charged with any crime. The best thing to do if you are facing criminal charges is to retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer with a proven record of success. Bear in mind that you have a lot at stake when you are charged with a crime. Working with a local Racine criminal defense attorney who knows the court system and has handled cases like yours in the past could increase your chances for the best resolution.
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