J. Steven House manages a criminal defense practice in Madison, defending clients throughout Wisconsin. He earned a B.A. from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale and then a Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1999. He began his legal practice with the Knox County Public Defenders Community Law Office in Knoxville, Tennessee where he worked in the Misdemeanor, Felony, DUI and Trial divisions as well as handling appeals until leaving the office in 2006 for private practice in Wisconsin.
Steven House handled drunk driving cases exclusively for several years as well as working for small law firms which focused on impaired driving defense. This intensive focus on impaired driving offenses provided the experience necessary to obtain numerous dismissals, reductions and amendments of drunk driving charges to lower level offenses. During this time he became intimately familiar with the nationally standardized field sobriety tests and the numerous factors that can lead to false results from those as well as blood alcohol tests.
As a private attorney, Steven House convinced a state supreme court to overturn a jury verdict convicting a client of felony aggravated assault and aggravated reckless endangerment stemming from an attempted "suicide by police officer". This appellate success was followed by successfully petitioning the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2010 to review the decision of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in State vs. Janet A. Conner, 2009 WI App 143 challenging the jury instructions as well as the trial and appellate courts interpretation of the aggravated stalking law. Recent appellate successes include overturning the conviction of a client on three counts of distributing a schedule 2 narcotic to a police informant and securing a new trial where the entrapment defense could be properly presented to a new jury.
The House Law Office continues to focus solely on criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels with an emphasis on impaired driving and drug offenses. In hiring Steven House you will have an attorney who cares about his clients, is passionate about civil liberties, and who understands that the law is an ever changing field that requires persistent study. You will also have an attorney who will personally handle your case rather than passing it on to a junior assistant to review and draft motions or even appear in court with you.