Third Offense OWI in Wisconsin: Penalties & Next Steps

August 16, 2019

Third offense OWI carries significantly more severe penalties than first or second OWI.
Unlike a second offense OWI in Wisconsin, there is no rule that your last offense had to occur within ten years. It includes any prior OWI convictions throughout your life.

The penalties of conviction include, but are not limited to, possible felony charges (particularly if a minor under 16 was a passenger at the time for your arrest), license revocation or suspension, a possible fine of up to $4,000, up to two years in jail, and permanent subjection to a PAC (prohibited alcohol concentration) of .02 in any state.

Several factors which may influence the specific penalties you face, including your specific blood alcohol content (BAC) and the presence of a minor passenger, among others.

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A Guide to Wisconsin's Operating with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration (PAC) Law

August 7, 2019


In Wisconsin, you might be surprised to learn that a  drunk driving arrest usually results in at least two criminal charges: Operating while under the influence of an intoxicant (OWI), and Prohibited Alcohol Concentration (PAC).

Many of us are familiar with OWI (also called DUI or DWI in other states), but far fewer of us know about PAC charges.

Read on for a brief guide to both of these charges and what to do should you find yourself facing them in Wisconsin.

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Second Offense OWI in Wisconsin: Penalties & Next Steps

July 23, 2019

The penalties for second offense OWI can be significantly more severe than a first offense OWI.
Unlike a first offense OWI in Wisconsin, which is classified as a civil offense, a second offense OWI is a criminal offense without exception.

These include, but are not limited to possible jail time (up to 6 months), significant monetary fines of $350 to $1,100 plus surcharges, and mandatory driver’s license revocation for at least 12 months. Many factors can affect sentencing based on the circumstances of your situation.

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Can Police Order Blood Drawn from an Unconscious Person Suspected of Driving Under the Influence?

July 10, 2019

In a recent 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that it is legal to draw blood from an unconscious person suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol without a warrant.

Criminal defense attorney Pat Stangl was interviewed by Channel 27 to explain the ruling and what it means to those arrested for impaired driving.

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Understanding the Walk-and-Turn Field Sobriety Test in Wisconsin

July 3, 2019

Wisconsin law enforcement actively watches for intoxicated driving every day, testing drivers whom they suspect may be under the influence.

While The State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported over 24,000 drunk driving convictions in 2014, this statistic does not include the additional number of traffic stops made on suspicion of drunk driving during which did not result in convictions.

If you have never been stopped by police on suspicion of drunk driving, driving under the influence (DUI) or operating while under the influence of an intoxicant (OWI), you may not be aware of the methods used by law enforcement in their attempt to confirm their suspicions after pulling someone over to check for DUI or OWI in Wisconsin.

One method police use to help build evidence against you after pulling you over for suspected DUI or OWI is to ask you to perform field sobriety tests (FST's).

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How to Appeal a Criminal Conviction in Wisconsin

June 26, 2019
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Boating Under The Influence In Wisconsin: What You Need To Know

June 19, 2019

Summer has arrived here in Wisconsin, and with it, the freedom to get out and enjoy our natural areas. For those who soak in the summer months on our many lakes and rivers, boating can be a great way to escape the heat and have a great time with friends and family.

But for those who want to relax on the water with a drink in hand, it’s important to realize that just like any other motor vehicle, there are serious consequences for those who go overboard with their alcohol consumption while operating a boat on our waterways.

Especially for those newer to boating, it may seem like the water is simply out of reach for law enforcement. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The state is very aware of the dangers intoxicated boaters pose and reguarly deploy conservation wardens and boat patrols to look for drunk boaters throughout the season.

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4 Chippewa County, Wisconsin OWI/PAC Victories in a Row

May 29, 2019

Attorney Stangl has recently won four Chippewa County OWI-PAC cases in a row.

Three of these cases were felony drunk driving cases. In two of the three cases, his clients were not convicted of felony drunk driving, thus avoiding not only a felony conviction but potential imprisonment in the Wisconsin State Prison system.

Read summaries of each of these victories below as well as what to do if you find yourself or a loved one facing OWI/PAC charges in Wisconsin.

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Class C Felony in Wisconsin: Penalties, Defenses & Next Steps

May 29, 2019

In Wisconsin, the state legislature has classified nine different classes of felonies, from Class A (the most serious), to class I (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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Wisconsin Drunk Driving Laws and CDL: A Quick-Guide

April 19, 2019

Truck drivers and other professional drivers operating with a commercial driver's license, or CDL, are held to a stricter standard under Wisconsin's drunk driving laws.

In addition, drunk driving convictions can create unique challenges for professional drivers who depend upon driving for their livelihood.

If you have a commercial driver license or CDL, it is important for you to understand the special requirements of your CDL in respect to Wisconsin law's regarding operating under the influence of an intoxicant or OWI.

This article will explain special circumstances and exceptions to well-known OWI protocols, such as field sobriety testing, which you must be aware of if you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) in Wisconsin.

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