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Why It's Critical to Hire a Wisconsin OWI Attorney with Field Sobriety Test Training

January 31, 2019

Attorney Patrick Stangl sets himself apart from other Wisconsin OWI attorneys in many ways, but one in particular is unique to him: He's trained in administering and evaluating Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) just like law enforcement officers.

This gives attorney Stangl incredibly deep insight into how these tests are designed, what their weaknesses are, and where law enforcement commonly make mistakes when administering them.

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The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test: A Guide for Wisconsin OWI

January 30, 2019

If you've ever been pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in Wisconsin, you've likely already participated in one or more field sobriety tests or FSTs.

Don't be fooled by what police might say when telling you what the test is for. These tests are designed with the intention of identifying sufficient reason or probable cause to arrest you on suspicion of driving under the influence –– nothing more.

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OWI With Minor Passenger in Wisconsin: A Beginner's Guide

January 10, 2019


Unlike most first offense OWI violations, which are civil penalties, OWI with a minor passenger (someone under the age of 16) elevates the case to a criminal charge.

The penalties of a first offense OWI with a minor passenger are significantly more severe: double the penalties you would normally receive for the offense without a minor in the vehicle. In some cases, certain penalties are more than doubled.

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Wisconsin OWI Penalties Chart

December 17, 2018

Wisconsin's OWI laws can seem complex and confusing, especially to someone facing charges and looking for a clear and simple guide to the penalties they face and actions they can take to defend themselves.

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How Many DUIs is a Felony in Wisconsin?

December 7, 2018

 
As of 2018, a 4th DUI offense in Wisconsin is classified as an automatic class H felony.

This means it's absolutely imperative to contact an experienced Wisconsin OWI attorney as soon as possible to avoid conviction and face serious penalties (described below).

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Can You Refuse a Breathalyzer Test in Wisconsin?

November 16, 2018

If you've ever been pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving in Wisconsin, you're likely already familiar with a breathalyzer test.

There are two times law enforcement is likely to ask you to submit to a breathalyzer or breath test to try to establish whether or not you might be intoxicated: during an OWI traffic stop and after an OWI arrest.

This article will address both of these circumstances when the request or option to take the breathalyzer test might arise and answer whether or not you are allowed refusal of breathalyzer testing under Wisconsin's breathalyzer laws.

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OWI Sentencing Guidelines in Dane County, Wisconsin

October 23, 2018

This guide offers important sentencing guidelines for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) citations issued on or after January 1, 2017 in Wisconsin's Fifth Judicial District. This includes the city of Madison and Dane County as well as Rock, Green, and Lafayette counties.

This information is up-to-date at the time of this posting, but subsequent updates may have been made since then or may be made in the future.

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

October 15, 2018


In Wisconsin, felonies are divided into nine different classes, from Class A, the most serious, to class I.

Here, we'll focus on Class F felonies in Wisconsin. Specifically, we'll explain what a Class F felony is, common examples of Class F felony charges in Wisconsin, the possible penalties for Class F felonies in Wisconsin, and possible defenses for those charges.

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Reckless Driving in Wisconsin: Penalties and Next Steps

October 1, 2018

Wisconsin, along with every other state, has strict laws against reckless driving––an offense that occurs when a motorist operate a vehicle in such a way that poses a risk of injury to others.

Reckless driving is different than many other Wisconsin traffic laws as each offense depends in large part on the specific circumstances of each individual case.

This article will take a closer look at what constitutes reckless driving, explore contributing factors, present penalties for reckless driving in Wisconsin and offer tips on where to start if you or a loved one have been charged with this criminal offense.

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Which Drivers in Wisconsin Face a Lower Blood Alcohol Limit?

September 20, 2018

Avoiding a conviction for operating while intoxicated (OWI) in Wisconsin requires drivers understand the state's drunk driving laws

Just as many motorists don't realize a typical drunk driving arrest results in at least two different charges––OWI and PAC––many others don't realize there are different legal limits.

Most drivers assume the .08 legal limit applies to everyone in Wisconsin, but depending on your age, type of drivers license, and prior OWI convictions, you may face a much lower BAC limit.

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