Attorney Patrick J. Stangl of Stangl Law Offices, S.C. recently won four OWI-PAC (drunk driving) cases in three weeks.
This winning streak offers hard, measurable proof that Stangl Law Offices, S.C. can use their considerable experience and skill to help you successfully defend your OWI-PAC (drunk driving) case.
We've summarized the key takeaways from these consecutive victories below. If you or someone you know is facing OWI, DUI, DWI, BAC, PAC or other criminal charges in Wisconsin, Stangl Law can help. Request a free 15-minute consultation now.
OWI-PAC Victories At-a-Glance
- Two of the four cases were won on defense motions to suppress (exclude) evidence based on unconstitutional stops. This means the arresting officer lacked reasonable suspicion under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution to initiate the stop of the suspect’s vehicles.
- In one of the challenges, the court specifically found that it was physically impossible for the arresting officer to make his claimed observations that the defendant was racing his engine, which was the basis for the illegal stop.
- In another one of the cases, the defense litigated another challenge to the stop and arrest of the defendant and the matter was resolved during the period of time the court was making its written decision on the motion. This case resulted in the client receiving a zero-point improper use of a motor vehicle violation and the companion prohibited alcohol concentration (PAC) charge was dismissed.
- One of the cases also resulted in the outright dismissal of both the PAC and OWI and traffic-related violations.
- Two of the cases resulted in the operating while intoxicated (OWI) citations being amended to inattentive driving and the companion prohibited alcohol concentration (PAC) citations being dismissed and the fourth case with a zero-point traffic violation conviction.
Understanding Wisconsin's Drunk Driving Charges
OWI is an acronym for “Operating [a Motor Vehicle] While Under the Influence of an Intoxicant” and is the official term used in Wisconsin for the more general term, “drunk driving” offense. The terms OWI, DUI, DWI, BAC, and PAC are synonymous and also apply to the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of a “controlled substance” or "intoxicant."
Attorney Stangl has a proven record of success defending Wisconsin OWI cases, including those with enhancements, as well as all types of criminal cases in both State and Federal Courts.
Receiving an Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) charge can be an intimidating, stressful experience with serious consequences. Both first-time offenders and repeat offenders face mandatory fines and penalties if convicted, and put their employment prospects, housing, and personal credit in jeopardy. Additionally, there are a host of related offenses that may also be implicated if you are charged with an OWI in Wisconsin.
Attorney Patrick Stangl explains why you should never give up hope when fighting repeat DUI/OWI charges in Wisconsin:
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If you've been arrested for OWI, DUI, DWI, BAC, PAC or other criminal charges in Wisconsin, Stangl Law can help. Request a free 15-minute consultation below. If there's a way to win your OWI case in Wisconsin, Stangl Law will find it.
Criminal Defense Lawyer Patrick J. Stangl has been aggressively fighting to protect the rights of drivers accused of OWI and other drunk driving charges for over 25 years. He remains committed to protecting the innocent against OWI charges in Madison, Eau Claire, Hayward and across Wisconsin.
Attorney Stangl’s philosophy regarding OWI defense is that, unless the State offers a plea agreement significantly better than the risk of losing in trial, there is no reason to plead guilty. Because Attorney Stangl believes that—unlike many other charges in State Court—victims of drunk driving (OWI, DUI, DWI, BAC, PAC) charges have little incentive to plead guilty, he prepares all drunk driving cases for trial.
This approach differs greatly from the vast majority of criminal defense attorneys who assume they cannot win your case and plead guilty. If you’re facing criminal or traffic charges in Wisconsin, schedule a free consultation with us from the Contact Us page right away.
Attorney Stangl has undergone the same NHTSA-sponsored field sobriety test training as law enforcement––something very few OWI attorneys can legitimately claim. This training gives Attorney Stangl unique insight into how these tests are designed, where their weaknesses lie, and where law enforcement often makes mistakes when administering them. Attorney Stangl regularly leverages this expertise to uncover opportunities for defense for his clients and work toward successful outcomes.