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Craig R. Johnson

About me

I have been practising criminal defense in Wisconsin for over 20 years. I believe that fighting for the rights of clients who are facing difficult challenges is one of the most important jobs a lawyer can have. One mistake should not ruin someone's life. I take pride in providing effective, affordable and smart criminal defense on cases big and small.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    22 years
  2. Employment: 30%



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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Richard J. Smith

    I endorse this lawyer. Craig is well prepared, highly regarded by the judges and his fellow lawyers and he advocates zealously and effectively for his clients.


    Richard Smith Criminal defense Attorney
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    I endorse this lawyer. He gets great results and works hard for his clients.


    Paige Styler
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

2510 E. Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI, 53211


WIGood Standing199403/20/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Leader in the LawWisconsin Law Journal2007
Rising Star CategoryMilwaukee Magazine Best Lawyers Issue1999
Outstandng Achievement AwardState Public Defender Board of Directors1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySweet & Associates2007 - Present
AttorneyState Public Defender Milw Trial1994 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysN/A2009 - Present
American Constitution Society for Law and PolicyBoard of Directors - Milwaukee Lawyers Chapter2005 - Present
Milwaukee Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. W.A.Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Desease or Defect
State v. Q.C.Not Guity at Jury Trial
State v. R.H.Not Guilty at Trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Law ReviewNote: McNeil v. Wisconsin: Blurring a Bright Line on Custodial Interrogations1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Pacific UniversityCommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
35th Annual Conference on Recent Developments in Criminal LawSubstantive Criminal Law and Criminal Evidence in the 2013-14 Term of the Wisconsin Appellate Courts2014
34th Annual Conference on Recent Developments in Criminal LawSubstantive Criminal Law inf the 2012-2013 Term of the Wisconsin Appellate Courts2013
State Public Defender ConferenceThe Fourth Amendment takes on New Technologies2012
SPD Ttuth in Sentencing TrainingEffective Sentencing Advocacy Under TIS II2003