Hayward Criminal Defense


Learn why Attorney Pat Stangl loves working with people in Northern Wisconsin

Stangl Law Offices, S.C. is a criminal defense law firm serving clients charged with crimes such as drunk driving in Northern Wisconsin.

Attorney Stangl's Hayward emphasis handles cases from Up North, including Hayward, Sawyer County and surrounding areas. With an office in Madison, as well, Attorney Stangl is able to defend cases anywhere across the state of Wisconsin.

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In practice since 1991, Attorney Pat Stangl puts his extensive knowledge and experience successfully defending cases to work for his clients who find themselves facing crimes in Wisconsin when they might least expect it.

His work winning criminal defense and OWI cases for clients has earned him national recognition. Working from Hayward, in addition to his Madison office, Attorney Stangl has also earned a reputation for being the best drunk driving defense lawyer in the Northwoods.

Working from multiple offices enables Attorney Stangl to serve clients in locations across the state, such as:

  • Bayfield
  • Washburn
  • Ashland
  • Hayward
  • Antigo
  • Minong
  • Rice Lake
  • Cable
  • Ladysmith
  • Park Falls
  • Iron River
  • Ironwood
  • Lac de Flambeau
  • Manitowish Waters
  • Minocqua
  • Woodruff
  • Barabook
  • Wisconsin Dells
  • Lake Delton
  • Anywhere in Wisconsin

If you find yourself facing drunk driving charges or another criminal offense such as drug possession, you need the expertise and experience of a skilled defense attorney who is committed to aggressively protecting your rights and your freedom.

If I’m stopped by a police officer and he asks me if I’ve been drinking, what should I say?
You are not required to answer potentially incriminating questions. Politely say, “I would like to speak with an attorney before I answer any questions.” This is an appropriate reply, although you are not entitled to counsel during a roadside stop unless you are in custody and questioned. Saying that you had one or two beers is not incriminating, is not sufficient to cause intoxication, and may explain the odor of alcohol on the breath.
Is it illegal to drive a boat under the influence in Wisconsin?
Yes, it's against Wisconsin law to operate a motorized boat if you have a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or above or are under the influence of other intoxicants. Penalties for drunk boating could include fines, impounding of your boat and even imprisonment.
Do I have a right to an attorney when I’m stopped by an officer and asked to take a field sobriety test?
The law varies on this issue from state to state. In Wisconsin, there is no right to an attorney until you have submitted to (or refused) blood, breath, or urine testing once you are in custody and subject to questioning. Unless you have a CDL, you are not legally required to submit to Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) and it is not in your best interest to do so. Your license cannot be revoked nor can you be cited for a refusal if you politely refuse to do FSTs.
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“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
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Third Acquittal in a Row

A Sawyer County jury recently returned not guilty verdicts in an OWI-PAC 1st case on behalf of Attorney Stangl’s client after deliberating for approximately one hour. This case marks the third jury trial in a row where Attorney Stangl’s clients have been acquitted on all drunk driving related charges. Dane and Sauk County juries also recently returned not guilty verdicts on behalf of his clients. According to the State’s chemical tests, his clients registered blood alcohol concentrations of .12, .15, and .20 in these respective cases.

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