Practice areas

Different crimes, different legal issues.

B rian Kinstler represents people charged with all types of crimes in state and federal court. State and federal crimes cover a wide range of conduct – they can involve drugs, guns, money, sex, violence, and everything in between.

Every client's case is different, but for each type of charge, certain issues tend to come up again and again. Understanding these issues -- how they affect investigations, legal arguments, trial strategy, negotiations, even sentencing -- is crucial to a successful defense. Click on the areas below to find out more.

White Collar Crimes

White Collar Crimes

  • Fraud

  • Embezzlement

  • Money Laundering

  • Misappropriation of Funds

  • Securities Law Violations

  • Theft of Trade Secrets

  • Copyright Infringement

  • Trademark Infringement

“White collar” crime is usually used to describe financial crimes committed by business professionals, managers, or other people who use their positions or to improperly obtain money or property. Read more

Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance

  • Delivering, Distributing, or Manufacturing a Controlled Substance

  • Fraudulently Obtaining Prescription Drugs

  • Drug Conspiracies

Drug cases generally to fall into a two categories. “Simple” possession cases can involve marijuana, cocaine, heroin, prescription pills, or any number of other drugs. “Distribution” cases may involve allegations of anything from a single delivery all the way up to participation in a large-scale drug conspiracy. Read more

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

  • Disorderly Conduct

  • Battery

  • Stalking

Emotions run high in Domestic Violence cases. Accusers may be angry about a difficult relationship or infidelity; there may be an ongoing (or planned) divorce or legal battle over child custody, or financial pressures. Clients can have the double burden of a broken relationship and criminal charge. Understanding how clients and witnesses react to criminal charges requires experience, strategy, and sometimes counseling to reach a good result. Read more



  • Intentional Homicide

  • Reckless Homicide

  • Negligent Homicide

  • Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle

There is a reason why there are so many books, movies, and television shows about homicide — defending a homicide case is the ultimate challenge for a defense lawyer. Defense of a homicide takes the full range of legal skills and talents, an exceptional amount of drive, and careful judgment. Experience — and a track record of success — can make the difference between a bad outcome and a positive one.  Read more

Sex Offenses

Sex Offenses

  • Sexual Assault

  • Internet Sex Crimes

  • Child Pornography

Sexual assault allegations can take almost any form – they can involve strangers, coworkers, friends, or even family members. Allegations do not just include forcible assault – they might involve any form of willing sexual contact – between therapists and clients, doctors and patients, teachers and students, and even between a 17-year-old and their 16- or 15-year-old boyfriend or girlfriend. Some cases leade to criminal charges when one person claims that he or she was too intoxicated to give consent. Read more

Gun Crimes

Gun Crimes

Even though Wisconsin’s gun laws are continuing to change, state and federal authorities still prosecute a large number of cases of illegal firearm possession. Most people know that federal law prohibits possession of a firearm by anyone with a felony conviction. But did you know that it is illegal to possess a firearm if you have been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor – even if it was disorderly conduct conviction from a shouting match between husband and wife. Federal law also prohibits possession of a firearm by illegal aliens, or by those who have been dishonorably discharged from military service, or by illegal drug users. Knowingly providing a firearm to a “prohibited person” is also a federal crime – so don’t even think about inviting your old buddies on a hunting trip if you think they may have been convicted of a crime in the past. Read more

Property Crimes

Property Crimes

  • Theft

  • Burglary

  • Criminal Trespass

  • Forgery

  • Identity Theft

  • Arson


Don't wait until you are charged with a crime to consult a lawyer! Talk to a lawyer before you speak with police! Speaking with a criminal lawyer can help prepare you to make informed choices, and to know what to expect from law enforcement and the criminal justice system.