Attorney Taylor M. Hart joined Martinez & Ruby, LLP, in 2017. He practices criminal defense exclusively and handles a wide variety of cases including those involving allegations of domestic violence, drug possession and related offenses, burglary, theft, OWI, sexual assault, and homicide. He also handles cases involving allegations against juveniles as well as traffic and ordinance citations.
Attorney Hart has quickly become a skilled and accomplished trial attorney. He has been named to The National Trial Lawyersâ€™ Top 40 Under 40 list for criminal defense attorneys. Together with Jeremiah Meyer-Oâ€™Day, he is a recipient of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersâ€™ Hanson Memorial Advocateâ€™s Prize, which is presented to attorneys who have won a not-guilty verdict in a homicide jury trial. The trial for which Attorney Hart won the Hanson Prize involved a count of first-degree intentional homicide, the most serious crime under Wisconsin law. Taylor was featured on WKOW 27 News after that victory. He also recently obtained acquittals on all counts in a case involving charges of first-degree sexual assault of a child, incest, child enticement, and exposing genitals to a child. Attorney Hartâ€™s client in that case was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 25 years in prison.
In addition to, and because of, his success at trial, Attorney Hart has a lengthy record of negotiating dismissals of cases pre-trial, thereby saving his clients the anxiety, risk, and expense associated with trial. He has had numerous cases dismissed with charges ranging in severity from disorderly conduct and OWI to burglary and sexual assault.
Taylor is a native of California and moved to Wisconsin to attend law school at the University of Wisconsinâ€”Madison where he graduated with a criminal law degree concentration. While in law school, he represented clients incarcerated at Wisconsinâ€™s federal prison in Oxford and also worked for the State Public Defenderâ€™s Office in Baraboo. Prior to law school, he graduated magna cum laude from California State University San Marcos with a degree in Criminology and Justice Studies.
Selected Victories 2020 Iowa County. First degree intentional homicide. Client acquitted after a six-day jury trial. 2020 Marquette County. Delivery of THC. Case dismissed on morning of jury trial after successfully excluding the Stateâ€™s witnesses. 2019 Sauk County. Delivery of heroin and delivery of THC. Case dismissed. 2019 Sauk County. Mistreatment of an animal resulting in death. Case dismissed. 2019 Juneau County. First degree sexual assault of a child, child enticement, incest, and exposing genitals to a child. Client acquitted of all charges after a three-day jury trial. 2019 Sauk County. Perjury. Case dismissed. 2019 Dane County. Maintaining a drug dwelling. Case dismissed. 2018 Marquette County. 7th offense OWI. Case dismissed. 2018 Sauk County. Burglary. Case dismissed. 2018 Juneau County. Domestic violence case including charges of strangulation, battery, and disorderly conduct. Case dismissed. 2018 Sauk County. Theft by contractor with over $50,000 of alleged damages. Case dismissed. 2018 Juneau County. Identify theft. Case dismissed. 2018 Sauk County. Child neglect and possession of cocaine. Case dismissed. 2018 Juneau County. Burglary. Case dismissed. 2017 Sauk County. Possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer, and bail jumping. Case dismissed after successfully getting evidence suppressed by challenging an illegal search of my client. 2017 Columbia County. Intentionally pointing a firearm at another person and disorderly conduct. Case dismissed.