Christopher L. Hartley
Partner
Phone: 414-383-3004
Fax: 414-255-3572
A MESSAGE FROM CHRIS
My entire legal career has been based upon the pursuit of justice for clients accused of criminal wrongdoing.  I never assume that a client is guilty and I do not pass judgment on a client for any mistakes that he or she may have made.  I also never concede my client's guilt in court until such time as we have thoroughly exhausted all other avenues of resolution and I am convinced that concession of guilt is in my client's best interest.

Often, the difference between being determined guilty or innocent is the advice and fortitude of a qualified criminal defense attorney who is not afraid to stand alongside the client and challenge the government's cause of action every step of the way.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
  • Homicide
  • Reckless Injury
  • Assault & Battery
  • Burglary
  • Delivery of Controlled Substances

EDUCATION
  • Drake University School of Law J.D., with honors, 1996
  • University of Iowa B.A., 1993

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Wisconsin Army National Guard Officers Association
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate Officer Corps

ABOUT CHRIS
Chris graduated with honors from the Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa in 1996.  He practiced criminal defense in Iowa for one year prior to opening his own criminal defense practice in Milwaukee in 1997, and in 2010 Chris and Mark formed Hartley & Pecora.

Chris received his military commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1993 and has been serving as an Officer of the United States military since that time.  He is currently a Major with the Wisconsin Army National Guard where he is serving as the Senior Defense Counsel for the 505th Trial Defense Detachment.  Chris deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chris has tried over 50 jury trials and has secured acquittals on such charges as First Degree Attempted Homicide, First Degree Reckless Injury, Substantial Battery, Battery to Law Enforcement Officer, Sexual Assault, Burglary, and Delivery of Controlled Substances.  Chris has also been successful in obtaining dismissals in dozens of cases as a result of successful suppression motions and motions to dismiss for lack of evidence.

  • REDUCED SENTENCE
    • Operating While Intoxicated 2nd [State v. Jason S.]
    • Maintain Drug Trafficking Place Felony I [State v. Debra H.]
    • Child Abuse-Intentionally Cause Harm Felony H [State v. Sandra F.]
    • Theft-Business Setting >$10,000 Felony G [State v. David M.]
    • Burglary-Building or Dwelling Felony F [State v. William L.]
    • Bomb Scares Felony I [State v. Mile C.]
    • Possession of Narcotic Drugs Felony I [State v. Richard R.]
    • Child Abuse-Intentionally Cause Harm Felony H [State v. Jeffrey H.]
    • Felony Drunk Driving [State v. Brian M.]
    • Manufacture/Deliver THC (>200-1000g) Felony H [State v. Cimarron M.]
    • Possession of Child Pornography [United States v. David D.]
    • Homicide by Intoxicated Use of Motor Vehicle (Milwaukee County), 2007 [State v. Bryan A.]
    • Burglary-Building or Dwelling Felony F [State v. Kevin H.]
    • Possession of Narcotic Drugs-Methadone Felony I [State v. Zach W.]
        
  • PROBATION
    • Second Degree Sexual Assault of Child and Child Enticement [State v. Benny C.]
    • Theft-Movable Property >$2500-$5000 Felony I [State v. Curtis F.]
    • Burglary-Building or Dwelling Felony F [State v. Matthew L.]
    • Armed Robbery with Threat of Force, class C felony Bank Robbery [State v. Chrystal B.]
    • Felon Possess Firearm Felony G; Carrying a Concealed Weapon Misdemeanor A [State v. Teri W.]
    • First Degree Reckless Injury, While Armed with a Dangerous Weapon [State v. Christopher G.]
        
  • DISMISSED
    • Endanger Safety/Reckless Use of Firearm Felony G [State v. Doumay L.]
    • 2nd Degree Sexual Assault/Use of Force Felony C [State v. Pedro D.]
    • Sexual Assault of a Child Allegation [State v. Aaron E.]
    • 13 extended supervision violations [Department of Corrections v. Courtney F.]
    • Possession of Marijuana, Second or Subsequent Offense [State v. Joseph H.]
    • Theft By Contractor Felony [State v. Robert R.]
    • Possession of Firearm by Felon Felony G Evidence [State v. Anthony H.]
    • Forfeiture of Motor Vehicle [State v. Jennifer M.]
    • Second Degree Sexual Assault of Child (Two Counts) [State v. Andrew H.]
    • Maintain Drug Trafficking Place Felony I [State v. Shaqueena T.]
    • Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver [State v. Daniel D.]
    • Robbery, Use of Force [State v. Juan T.]
    • Substantial Battery and False Imprisonment [State v. Kenner B.]
    • Substantial Battery-Intend Bodily Harm Felony I [State v. Grant R.]
    • 2nd-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety Felony G [State v. Larry R.]
        
  • NOT GUILTY
    • Battery to Law Enforcement [State v. Scott W.]
    • 2nd Deg. Sex. Assault/Unconscious Victim Felony C [State v. Timothy M.]
    • Felon Possess Firearm Felony G [State v. Christopher D.]
    • 1st Degree Reckless Injury [State v. Darrell C.]
    • Operate Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated [City of Cudahy v. Faith W.]
    • Delivery of Marijuana [State v. James M.]
    • Domestic Violence Disorderly Conduct [State v. Anthony H.]
    • Second Degree Sexual Assault (Two Counts) and Burglary [State v. Almamy F.]
    • Substantial Battery [State v. Amjed K.]
    • Substantial Battery-Intend Subst. Harm Felony D [State v. Ryan A.]
    • Operating While Intoxicated 1st (Municipal) [West Allis v. Steve L.]
    • 3rd Degree Sexual Assault Felony G [State v. Robert M.]
    • Disorderly Conduct, While Armed [State v. Brian S.]
    • Substantial Battery [State v. Howard B.]
    • Carry Concealed Weapon [State v. Juanita N.]
    • Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety [State v. Keith H.]
    • Child Abuse - Termination of Parental Rights [State v. C. M.]
    • Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Violence Disorderly Conduct [State v. Corey G.]
    • First Degree Reckless Injury [State v. Tim J.]
    • 3 cts 2nd-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety Felony G [State v. Charles W.]
        
  • NEW TRIAL AWARDED
    • Kidnapping [State v. Joel R.]
        
    
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