About Stangl Law

Meet Wisconsin Criminal Defense Attorney Patrick J. Stangl

Learn about Attorney Patrick J. Stangl:

Nationally-recognized for excellence, Wisconsin Criminal Defense Attorney Patrick J. Stangl has been practicing law in the Badger State since 1991. While his expertise spans the breadth of criminal law, Attorney Stangl is well-known for his impressive record as a Wisconsin OWI attorney, defending all types of drunk driving and driving under the influence charges such as OWI, DUI, DWI, BAC, PAC and more.

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About Attorney Pat Stangl

Wisconsin Attorney Patrick J. Stangl has been a practicing criminal defense lawyer in Madison and across the state for over 30 years. He has achieved national recognition by The National Trial Lawyers as one of the top one hundred trial attorneys in Wisconsin among all criminal defense attorneys, as well as all personal injury lawyers, each year since 2012.

Attorney Stangl maintains a statewide practice devoted to defending people accused of a variety of crimes, and is known across the state for delivering outstanding drunk driving and criminal defense.

A major focus of his practice is defending individuals accused of operating while under the influence of alcohol, drugs and other intoxicants (including charges such as OWI, DUI, DWI, BAC, PAC).

In addition to OWI defense, Attorney Stangl has successfully defended a multitude of cases ranging in complexity from drug conspiracies and first degree intentional homicide charges, to fraudulent schemes, domestic abuse, and more.

Beyond successfully defending DUI cases, Attorney Stangl has successfully defended the following types of criminal cases in Wisconsin:

  • Homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Violent crimes
  • Sexual offenses
  • Sexual assault
  • Rape
  • Drug offenses (trafficking, possession, distribution, and manufacturing)
  • Conspiracies
  • Theft
  • Prostitution
  • Weapons charges
  • Domestic abuse
  • Fraud charges (embezzlement, counterfeiting, wire fraud, bank fraud, etc.)
  • Computer crimes
  • Child abuse

Attorney Stangl has argued in front of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He has a number of published appellate opinions in both state and federal Courts of Appeals. Articles about some of his cases have appeared in newspapers across the nation including: USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Sun Times, The Seattle Times, The Wisconsin State Journal and many other publications and blogs.

He works out of his Madison office and also from Hayward, Wisconsin.

If you were charged with a crime in another state, Attorney Stangl may be able to defend your case. He has represented clients in civil and criminal cases in federal courts in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana and California.

If you're facing criminal charges anywhere in Wisconsin—from South Central Wisconsin to the Northwoods—contact Stangl Law for a free 10-minute consultation to discuss your case.

“Pat, thanks so much for getting my OWI-PAC 2nd offense dismissed. You were right all along. The stop of my vehicle violated the United States and Wisconsin Constitutions. You are a real fighter.”

— Curtis Thompson

"Mistakes can affect your whole life forever. Pat fought so they didn’t affect my life and future! I have used Pat multiple times. I would have a criminal record if it weren’t for Pat Stangl. I had a hit-and-run accident. He fought and had a healthy relationship with the D.A. and staff, which got me off without a criminal offense. Then about a year later, I got caught with 50 grams of THC in 3 different bags. I thought I was gonna get a CRIMINAL CONVICTION. Thanks to all his knowledge, skill, and hard work, I got off with just an ordinance ticket. I owe a lot to Pat. On top of it, he is a really nice guy that truly cares about the people he represents."

— Gary

“Pat took over our criminal case and with his persistence was able to work out a very favorable conclusion. While doing so he was so understanding and never made you feel like you were bothering him if you had a question. His knowledge and compassion is a gift not all lawyers have. Thanks Pat.”

— Faye

Success Story Spotlight

Success StoryState of Wisconsin v. N.M.

Attorney Stangl recently represented a client with an OWI 2nd, hit and run, resisting an officer and a refusal to submit to a chemical test case in State v. N.M., Dane County Case.

Through his analysis of the case and experience in litigating constitutional issues Attorney Stangl believed that by the officer ordering his client out of his home that the officer constructively entered the home resulting in a warrantless entry and thus a violation of his client’s Fourth Amendment right against warrantless searches.

He filed a motion to suppress and the matter was litigated and legal briefs by the defense and the State were submitted to the court.

The trial court agreed with Attorney Stangl, finding that the officer constructively entered the home resulting in a warrantless search and granted the defense motion to suppress all evidence obtained as a result of that search.

All charges against his client resulting from this incident were dismissed by the State.

If you've been charged with a crime or crimes in Wisconsin, contact a skilled criminal defense attorney today.