Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C. - Attorney Daniel R. Skarie

My clients come to me at some of the most difficult periods in their lives. For many of my clients, there are underlying family, social or economic issues at the root of their alleged behavior. In this case, my client’s neighbor called the police during a loud argument between my client and her spouse. The police arrived, interviewed both parties and their children, and determined that they would refer charges to the Dodge County District Attorney’s office for criminal disorderly conduct against my client. This was despite the officer’s body cam evidence, and the physical evidence, indicating that the behavior was mutual.

My client was a working mother of two. No criminal record. A criminal conviction would impact both her career and the placement of her children in her divorce case. Fortunately, we were able to convince the prosecuting attorney in the case that the behavior between the spouses was mutual and that a criminal conviction was not appropriate given my client’s character, the facts of the case and the children’s best interests. The case was amended to an ordinance violation and the client paid a forfeiture. In the end, it was a positive outcome in a negative situation.