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Since 2014 criminal defense attorneys Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin Van Severen have been recognized by Super Lawyers as “Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorneys” in Milwaukee, WI. Our defense attorneys are known throughout Wisconsin as experienced and trusted advocates for individuals facing all criminal and drunk driving charges.


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Our law firm is dedicated to aggressive representation but we strive for more. Our smart Milwaukee criminal defense strategies allow us to more effectively achieve the results you seek. The skill and dedication of your defense attorney will have an impact on your criminal case.

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Criminal cases can be complex and confusing. At Meyer Van Severen, S.C. we’re dedicated to making the process work well for you. Attorney Matthew R. Meyer explains criminal procedure:


Homicide, Murder, and Manslaughter Defense Attorneys

Homicide charges are some of the most serious that a criminal defendant faces. We believe the very best criminal defense attorneys in Wisconsin best defend these cases. Do not hire the cheapest attorney in town – your life depends upon it. Our criminal defense attorneys have defended some of the highest-profile homicide cases in southeastern Wisconsin.

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Sexual Assault Defense Attorneys

Sexual assault, like homicide charges, are the most serious a criminal defendant in Wisconsin faces. We recognize that alleged-victims frequently lie – they know that upon a simple allegation, the defendant will likely be arrested. Our sexual assault defense attorneys take these charges very seriously. Whether a family member, child, ex-spouse, or anyone else has accused you of a sex crime, contact us immediately. Sex assault cases are serious, move quickly, and require a strong response.

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Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys

Drunk driving offenses are serious. Whether you’ve been charged with OWI, PAC, DUI, or any other drunk driving offense, our drunk driving attorneys have you covered. Our aggressive defense lawyers consistently challenge illegal police conduct in court. We’re aware of the serious legal consequences you face. Whether it’s your first offense of your tenth, contact our drunk driving law firm and speak with a top Wisconsin drunk driving defense attorney.

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Domestic violence defense attorneys

Domestic violence cases carry with them very specific, unique penalties. If you’re convicted of a domestic violence offense, you face additional fines, a lifetime firearm ban, and the negative stigma attached to a DV conviction. We recognize that alleged-victims frequently lie in domestic violence cases. And we frequently defend these cases through jury trial. Whether you’re facing a battery, substantial battery, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, or any other domestic violence criminal charge, get in touch with us. You have one chance to defend your domestic violence case – hire one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Wisconsin.

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Drug Crime Defense Attorneys

A drug conviction will change the rest of your life. Whether it’s the denial of student loans, the denial of entry into the armed forces, the fact of the conviction, or fines/jail, all consequences are serious. The drug defense lawyers at Meyer Van Severen started their careers defending drug crimes. Through our combined experience, our defense attorneys have defended drug crimes for nearly two decades. Whether it’s marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, designer drugs, prescription drugs, or any other controlled substance, we can help.

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Violent crime defense attorneys

Prosecutors take violent crimes very seriously. Certainly your criminal defense lawyer must be even more serious. Our criminal defense law firm focuses on providing aggressive, smart criminal representation. We’ve successful defended thousands of individuals charged with violent crimes. Whether it’s a simple battery, a reckless injury, or anything in between, call us today.

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Meyer Van Severen, Criminal Defense Attorney

Marijuana Smell in my Car

Did you know that if a police officer detects the smell of marijuana in your car during a traffic stop, he can search your car?  So long as marijuana remains illegal in Wisconsin, police can search your car based on the smell alone.  This post looks at car searches based on the smell of marijuana….


Is vaping a crime? What is it?

What is vaping? Vaping a legal substance certainly isn’t a crime.  Further, many proponents of vaping indicate that it’s relatively safe. According to the Center on Addiction: Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used…


Is grand theft auto a crime in Wisconsin?

Operating a vehicle without owner’s consent: the charge for stealing a car in Wisconsin Section 943.23(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes prohibits operating a vehicle without owner’s consent: “…Whoever intentionally takes and drivers any vehicle without the consent of the owner is guilty of the following:” a first offense a Class H felony.  A second or…