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Madison Criminal Defense Attorney Pat Stangl of Stangl Law Offices has been practicing criminal defense for over 30 years across the state of Wisconsin. Having won all types of criminal defense cases for clients over the years, Attorney Stangl is happy to put his expertise to work for you if you've been charged with a crime or crimes.

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Wisconsin criminal defense lawyer Patrick J. Stangl offers experienced counsel and aggressive representation for your criminal charge.

Facing criminal charges can put immense stress on your life. Attorney Pat Stangl has successfully defended numerous state and federal felony cases and has represented clients in both federal and state appellate courts. He has also argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Pat understands that legal situations can be complicated. He will work with you to obtain the best possible outcome in your case so that you can move forward with your life. If you find yourself in a situation involving criminal accusations in Madison, Hayward or surrounding areas, let Stangl Law fight for you.

The criminal justice system is complex and often requires knowledge and experience to navigate. You don’t have to deal with your situation alone. Contact Stangl Law today at to find out how we can help you.


The Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

Criminal convictions carry serious penalties, some of which you may not expect. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to craft a powerful defense.

Possible consequences of a criminal conviction include:

  • Jail or prison time
  • Large fines and court fees
  • Difficulty finding a job
  • Probation
  • A permanent criminal record
  • Ineligibility for student financial aid
  • Suspended driver's license
  • Loss or denial of professional licenses
  • Inability to rent or buy a house 


Property Crimes

In Wisconsin, property crimes carry severe penalties. If you're facing charges of theft or other property offenses in Wisconsin, you should contact a criminal defense attorney with experience defending these types of cases.



Homicide charges such as murder and manslaughter require the help of a skilled and proven Wisconsin criminal defense attorney. Attorney Stangl puts their exceptional legal talents and skills to work for you.


How an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

A skilled criminal defense attorney has firsthand experience working within the court system and knows how criminal cases operate as well as what's at stake. Since no two criminal cases are the same, an experienced criminal defense lawyer will understand all the nuances of your case, the laws and arguments that can work in your favor, and will know exactly how to proceed with your case.

If you've been arrested in Wisconsin, you will likely face questioning and interrogation. Law enforcement may claim to be on your side; however, their questions are often designed to illicit a confession of wrongdoing.

Don't incriminate yourself. You have rights throughout the criminal investigation process. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney will protect your rights and make sure they are respected from the beginning.

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Does Stangl Law handle all kinds of criminal cases?

At Stangl Law Offices, S.C. we have successfully defended numerous state and federal felony cases ranging from first degree intentional homicide, drug trafficking and drug conspiracies, fraud and other “white collar” crimes, and drunk driving, as well as criminal domestic and misdemeanor cases.

We have also successfully represented clients in both federal and state appellate courts having convictions reversed and have argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

What is a sentence enhancement?

Most states including Wisconsin increase the punishment in drunk driving cases if certain facts exist. The most common of these is an earlier conviction for the same or similar offense, usually within ten years for a second offense or lifetime for a third or greater offense. Other commonly encountered enhancements (which must usually be alleged in the complaint) include:

  • A child under the age of 16 was in the car at the time
  • The blood-alcohol concentration was over 20%.
  • The defendant refused to submit to a chemical test
  • There was property damage or bodily injury

In Wisconsin, the existence of significant personal injury or bodily harm caused by drunk driving elevates the offense to a serious felony. A death in Wisconsin while intoxicated can result in vehicular homicide charges.

What is a felony?

A felony is a crime that carries with it a potential sentence of at least one year and one day in prison. In Wisconsin, other serious consequences flow from a felony conviction including prohibiting a convicted felon from possessing a firearm. A convicted felon also loses the right to vote, can never hold public office, and must submit a sample of their DNA to the DNA Database in Wisconsin.

If a person is convicted of a sexual assault or sexual offense that person will be required to register as a sex offender. If a person is convicted of a serious child sex offense that person cannot engage in any occupation or participate in a volunteer position that requires that person to work or interact primarily and directly with children under the age of sixteen.

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