Possession of Fentanyl in Wisconsin: A Quick Guide

March 23, 2018


In late 2017, Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill 335 into law (2017 Wisconsin AcT 60), which added fentanyl and all of its analogs to the list of Schedule I controlled substances.

Recently, illicit drug makers have changed the chemical structure of fentanyl to develop new and more powerful analogs that are difficult to detect and prosecute.

With the passage this law, law enforcement is gearing up to crack down on drug crimes related to this powerful and potentially deadly drug.

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5 Recent OWI Defense Success Stories from Stangl Law

March 19, 2018




While I typically use my blog to inform and educate those who may find themselves dealing with legal trouble, I think it's also important to use this opportunity to tell the real-life stories of those I've helped defend.

With this in mind, I've highlighted five recent OWI-related success stories below. Let these serve as examples of how the advice I typically offer through my blog translates into action that helps protect my clients.

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A Look Inside Wisconsin's Proposed 4 Strikes OWI Law

February 28, 2018

Under a bill that awaits Gov. Scott Walker's signature, those convicted of 4 or more OWI-related offenses will lose their license for life.

The bill authored by State Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and State Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield) passed the senate in Nov. 2017 on a unanimous vote and passed the Assembly easier this month.

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Can I Be Charged With OWI in Wisconsin if My BAC is Below .08?

February 23, 2018

Many people––probably most––assume they can only be charged with drunk driving or operating while intoxicated (OWI), if they're above the .08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit.

This is not true.

Those same people can find themselves unpleasantly surprised when they're arrested and charged after breathalyzer tests show they're below the legal limit.

The truth is, many people are simply unaware of the details of Wisconsin's OWI laws and what "driving under the influence" really means.

Here's a brief summary to help you understand these laws more accurately.

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Private Criminal Defense Attorney vs. Public Defender in Wisconsin

January 25, 2018


Anyone facing criminal charges in Wisconsin has the option to have the court appoint a public defender to their case if they are unable to hire their own attorney.

While for many people representation by a public defender is a necessity, it is highly not recommended for those able to hire a private criminal defense attorney.

This article briefly explains why it’s in everyone’s best interest to seek representation from a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney rather than a court-appointed public defender.

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Wisconsin Firearm Offenses: Minimum Mandatory Sentences

January 9, 2018


In November 2015, a bill was signed into law creating mandatory minimum sentences for certain firearm offenses in Wisconsin.

I've summarized the key parts of this law that Wisconsin gun owners need to be aware of along with the penalties they may face if convicted.

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Using Social Media During Your Trial: 5 Important Tips

December 8, 2017

These days, people share just about anything and everything on social media. No one is more aware of this than law enforcement, who has taken full advantage of users' openness to look for and collect evidence against them.

To make things as simple as possible, don't post anything to any social platforms during your case. Probably 90% of the problems that stem from social media could have been avoided if the user simply didn't post something. 

With that in mind, I've broken down some more detailed advice for those heading to trial:

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The Consequences of Your First OWI in Wisconsin

November 20, 2017

Despite the commonly-held idea that a person's first drunk driving offense isn't a "big deal," it can bring life-changing consequences, not all of which may be apparent at first.

What's more, very few people realize that they can be convicted even if they were driving within the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit. If the court determines a driver was "incapable of safely driving," while under the influence of any amount of alcohol, the penalties are the same.

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Important Facts About Weapons Charges in Wisconsin

November 18, 2017

If you, like most Americans, consider it important to carry for self-defense, it's important to know the legality of any weapon that you might be carrying in each state that you visit.

You may even already be facing trial for the act of possessing or carrying a weapon without committing any other crimes.

For those planning to visit Wisconsin or awaiting a day in her courts, this article will present you with details about Wisconsin weapon carrying laws, the potential consequences for violating those laws, and a few example defenses that may help those in need.

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Class H Felony in Wisconsin: A Guide to Penalties & Defenses

November 14, 2017

When a person hears the word "felony," many different ideas come to mind, and often the assumption is that they have committed, or have been accused of, a very severe crime.

But in Wisconsin, the state legislature has classified nine different classes of felonies, from Class A, the most serious to class I, which is the least serious. Depending on what a defendant is convicted of, sentencing for these crimes can be as severe as life imprisonment for a Class A felony to a fine of up to $10,000 for a class I felony and/or up to 3 1/2 years in prison.

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