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Defense Attorney Tracey Wood Drunk Driving Attorney Tracey Wood is a Super Lawyer in Wisconsin
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     Attorney Tracey A. Wood , owner of Tracey Wood & Associates is an aggressive criminal defense attorney in Madison, Wisconsin.    She focuses her practice on defending the rights of individuals whether they are charged with drunken driving or more severe criminal charges including murder, sex crimes in Wisconsin, federal conspiracy or seeking an expungement of a previous conviction.
   She is known throughout the legal community as the foremost authority on Wisconsin OWI DUI laws and has been hailed for her defenses and successful trial and case record.
   Ms. Wood has been pioneering new frontiers for women in law since she entered practice in 1992. She is the first attorney from Wisconsin ever appointed as a Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor, and first Wisconsin attorney to be appointed to the Board of Regents to the National College for DUI Defense held at Harvard Law School. She chairs the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Strike Force for the state's largest association for criminal defense lawyers and has previously served as the President of that organization. She has authored several articles on defense against drunk driving charges including Challenging Prior Under Influence Convictions, an article discussing U.S. v. Gant in the Wisconsin Law Journal, and she has contributed to the national DUI attorneys' bible by Taylor & Oberman, entitled "Drunk Driving Defense".
   She has also won many appeals in both the Wisconsin Appellate System (most recently City of Beloit v. Steven Herbst) and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago (i.e. U.S. v. Andres Perez).

Super Lawyer Tracey Wood defends people charged with OWI or DUI
Super Lawyer Tracey Wood defends people charged with OWI or DUI
Super Lawyer Tracey Wood defends people charged with OWI or DUI
NCDD National College for DUI Defense: Tracey Wood
(608) 350-1004

Post Conviction Remedies & Challenges in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Criminal Defense Lawyers

The term "post conviction remedies" is used to described three distinctly different due process points of time during the criminal trial, conviction, sentencing, and appeal process.

A post conviction remedy can mean the due process procedure of asking for reconsideration of a sentence after all other appeal procedures have been unsuccessfully exhausted.

A post conviction remedy can also mean the right to an automatic direct appeal, which is a right available to any person convicted of a crime in the state of Wisconsin, and which must be filed within the specified time limits imposed by law.

Lastly, it can mean the legal procedure available upon conviction or sentencing in which a defendant challenges the conviction or the sentence to the trial court.

For more than two decades, the attorneys at Tracey Wood & Associates have successfully represented people who have already been convicted of a statutory crime in the state of Wisconsin or a federal crime in any state in the United States.

In a post conviction direct appeal, Attorney Tracey Wood won an appeal in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals overturning her client's prior conviction for a third offense drunk driving. The two prior convictions were from another state. The Court of Appeals agreed with Attorney Wood that the two prior convictions should not be considered under Wisconsin law. The Court of Appeals reversed the conviction for a third offense, and her client was charged with a first offense OWI. A third drunk driving offense is a misdemeanor under Wisconsin law subject to mandatory fines and jail time. In Wisconsin, courts often sentence a convicted third offense with a greater sentence than provided by the sentencing guidelines. A first drunk driving offense is not a crime under Wisconsin law (but it does carry mandatory fines).

Challenging Prior Convictions

Challenging prior convictions is not limited to drunk driving cases. For example, a second offense possession of controlled substance case is a felony in Wisconsin. If the prior offense was uncounseled, that conviction is subject to a collateral attack.

Collateral Attacks On Prior Convictions

A collateral attack of a prior conviction is not an appeal of that conviction; it is simply a mechanism for defense attorneys to use to prevent the prior conviction from enhancing the penalties the clients faces in the current case. For example, if a person is charged with fifth offense OWI (a felony), and the client did not have an attorney or waived counsel in his fourth offense case, he should be sentenced as a fourth offense misdemeanant, as opposed to a fifth offense felon. The conviction for fourth offense OWI will remain on his record, but it cannot be used for sentencing purposes if it is properly challenged.

Acting Quickly Can Make A Difference

Direct appeals to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals are automatic as a right, which serves to eliminate a step from the appellate process: the application to have a case heard by the appellate court. However, it does not eliminate the time restrictions, and appeals must be filed within the statutory time period [see Appeals]. Time is a critical factor in any post-conviction action, and any challenges that may be available should be made immediately.

If you have been convicted of a crime and believe your conviction or sentence were wrong, please contact call (608) 350-1004 or email the attorneys at Tracey Wood & Associates right away.


An automatic right to appeal also does not eliminate the strict guidelines that must be followed by an appeal to the appellate court. Those guidelines include terminology, the paper on which the appeal is filed, and even the margins. Attorneys who file many appeals are very familiar with those guidelines and able to file the appeal quickly and correctly.

The US Court of Appeals mandates distinctly different guidelines from those mandated by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Again, experienced federal appeals attorneys are quite familiar with those guidelines and able to handle the appeal quickly and correctly

Tracey Wood & Associates attorneys represent people in both state and federal Court of Appeals cases.

Honest Opinion

When your time is limited, when your options are quickly being exhausted, and when you feel as though you have no place left to run and the walls are crumbling at your feet, you do not have time for hopes and wishes seated in dreams; you need brief, professional, accurate analysis of your case. Attorney Tracey Wood will provide you with an honest straightforward analysis of your case.

Tough, Clear & Convincing Argument

When your appeal is filed, you have one shot at having your case overturned by the appellate court, and one shot at having it overturned by the Supreme Court. When your options are that limited, you may want to consider placing your case in the competent hands of Tracey Wood & Associates. Those attorneys have exemplified sound strategic and intellectually creative approaches to appellate cases and won post conviction challenges that the trial attorney lost.

Free but professional "first-impression" analysis

If you are under investigation or have been arrested for any crime, or if you have already been convicted of a crime and believe your conviction to be wrong or your sentence too harsh, please call (608) 350-1004 or email the Attorneys at Tracey Wood & Associates right away. An Attorney at Tracey Wood & Associates will provide you with a brief but professional free "first-impression" analysis of your appeal based on the facts that you are able to convey. You can also submit your case online or email the attorneys.

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Please take notice that although the law firm of Tracey Wood & Associates website contains a large amount of accurate and useful legal information about drunk driving, OWI, DUI, Sex Crimes, Expungement and other serious crimes, it is not intended to be used as legal advice. Only an attorney can counsel you on your specific case. Please contact the attorney at Tracey Wood & Associates immediately should you find yourself charged with a Drunk Driving in Wisconsin, a DUI (Driving Under the Influence), OWI (Operating Under the Influence) or any other serious crime in Wisconsin at (608) 350-1004. Even if your researching drunk driving laws or sex crime laws in Wisconsin, Lawyer Tracey Wood can assist you.

Attorney Tracey A. Wood , 6605 University Ave Suite 101 Middleton Wisconsin. (608) 350-1004

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