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Affordable Help
for People in Trouble

   I'm Dan Reuter. I am one of Brown County's public defenders, but I also help a limited number of private clients. The goal of my private practice is to help people who may not qualify for or be able to wait for free legal service, but who don't have a lot of money. If you feel as though you sometimes fall between the cracks, with people getting lots of free stuff on one side, and not being able to afford what you need on the other, you might be one of the folks we are here to help. In order to do that, I keep my overhead low. My office is my cell phone, my interview room is McDonald's and other public places.


     I've done a lot of different things, from milking cows to preaching the Gospel, so the chances are that, whatever your problem is, I have had some experience that connects with it.


     I have defended hundreds of people accused of crimes and my practice concentrates on criminal defense. I do occasionally handle other kinds of cases, but not personal injury or divorces.

Call me at 812-703-0660     

or e-mail me at


       You really do!



You Need  to Know

1. They don't have to "read you your rights."

     IF they arrest you, and IF they don't advise you of your rights to remain silent and to have a lawyer advise you, then they may not be able to use what you say against you in court. That doesn't apply to anything  you say before you are arrested or anything you volunteer without being asked.

2. Police and deputies can and will lie to you, but you will be in trouble if you lie to them.

3. You  don't have to take the field sobriety tests (one-foot stand, etc.)--and you shouldn't. Most people will fail them, drunk or sober.

4. You don't have to take the portable breath test.

5. But you DO have to take the "chemical test" (Blood test at the hospital or fancy machine at headquarters. The officer gets to pick; you don't).

6. If an officer asks if you consent to a search of yourself, your car ("O.K. if I check out your car?"), or your home, the correct answer is always a polite, but rock-solid "No." She may or may not have the power to search you regardless, but, if she asks, that means she does not think she has that right. Do not resist, but never consent.


7. Battery is any rude, insolent, or angry touch. It doesn't have to hurt to be a crime.


8. If you make your muscles stiff or pull your arm away when an officer tries to put your hands together to put handcuffs on, you are committing a crime called "resisting law enforcement."

9. Except for identifying yourself, you do not have to answer questions. You don't have to say where you have been or where you are going. Probably you should not answer any questions.



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