Firm Overview

Arts & Entertainment, Small Business Formation and Contracts, Building Trades, Criminal Defense

Example cases

Recent matters include negotiating a film financing agreement for an independent film, and a defense of a person accused of marijuana cultivation involving five different state and federal constitutional issues.

Main Office

Main
20 West Canal Street
Suite C6
Winooski  VT  05404

Phone
  • (802) 399-2047
Fax
  • (802) 735-2359

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I offer a brief consultation to determine whether I will take your case.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I provide a free one half hour consultation, and am open to fixed fee service agreements. For those who mention Nolo, I will provide a ten percent discount for an amount up to $150.

Hourly Rates

$150 per hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Otherwise, on call.

Office Manager

None.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

None.

Other Offices

  • Other Office in Brattleboro Vermont

    Other Office in Brattleboro Vermont
Business
After operating a number of successful entertainment related enterprises, Dennis entered the legal profession. This real-life experience has helped Mr. Wygmans immensely, especially in his work with businesses, entertainers, and artists.
Dennis Wygmans earned his Juris Doctor at Seton Hall University School of Law in 2004. He was admitted to practice law in New Jersey that year, New York in 2005, followed by Vermont in 2011. The majority of Mr. Wygmans’ practice has been in Corporate, and Arts and Entertainment law. However, since relocating to Vermont, his practice has expanded to include Criminal Defense, and his Corporate focus has narrowed to include Small Business, Intellectual Property, and Non-Profit law. He is a member of the Vermont State Bar Association, and has been a regular panelist at various entertainment related conferences throughout the World.

After operating a number of successful entertainment related enterprises, spanning a period of over twenty years, Dennis entered the legal profession. This real-life experience has helped Mr. Wygmans immensely, especially in his work with businesses, entertainers, and artists. It wasn’t until recently that he realized that he had a passion for criminal defense work – something he discovered through a clerkship with attorney Dan Davis in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Dennis believes that all persons deserve competent legal representation, and works hard to keep his client’s costs low to meet this goal. His small business acumen and substantial experience working in the music industry make him perfectly suited to help clients address their legal needs. Furthermore, his genuine concern for the rights of individuals facing criminal charges makes him the right choice for criminal defense.
Criminal Defense
It is imperative that you have someone in your corner to help you avoid making a mistake that could impact you the rest of your life. Dennis will get at the root of the charge against you and provide you with the defense you deserve.
Part of our attraction to Vermont is that it is such a safe place to live. However, occasionally even the most law abiding citizen finds themselves facing criminal charges. Misdemeanors, felonies, and the civil aspects of DUI all present the potential of having an everlasting impact on every aspect of your life. The pitfalls are many and the stakes can be enormous. It is imperative that you have someone in your corner to help you to avoid making a mistake that could have a devastating impact on the way you live and work.

An inquiring mind, research, and writing are the essential elements of a strong defense. Inquisitive by nature, I will get at the root of the charge or charges you are facing. The work that I have done researching and writing on behalf of my clients has directly lead to the dismissal or lessening of the charges they have faced. Contact me to discuss whether you can afford to represent yourself in criminal court.
DUI and DWI
DUI defendants face both a civil and criminal charge in Vermont. If you are stopped for drunk driving, it is imperative that you immediately contact Dennis to ensure that you don't inadvertently lose your privilege to drive.
A driving under the influence (driving while intoxicated) charge is particularly unique in Vermont in that defendants face both a civil and criminal charge. It is this difference that often cost drivers their license, as they fail to understand that they must address both aspects of this charge. Remember, losing your license not only results in an increase in your insurance cost, it could affect your ability to maintain your current occupation or to obtain future employment.

Time is of the essence when facing a DUI charge in Vermont. If you are stopped for drunk driving, it is imperative that you immediately contact me to ensure that you don't inadvertently lose your privilege to drive and face the negative impact it would have on your life.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

I do all the work myself, unless an outside investigator is hired.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

I believe that alternative dispute resolution is often the best forum for matter resolution.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

I provide over the Vermont Bar Association's recommended annual pro bono services amount of fifty hours.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

I do not charge mandatory minimums, bill to the minute, and respond to client inquiries rapidly.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe that the best client is a well-educated client.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes, however, I also routinely advise clients as to the prudence of using documents that they have prepared themselves.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Yes.

Dennis Wygmans

After many years of practice in New York and New Jersey, I relocated to my home state and opened my firm in Vermont in 2011.

I do all the work myself, unless an outside investigator is hired.

License
  • Bar Number:
    Vermont , 2011

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