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Wisconsin OWI Dismissed Stories

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—Anonymous Wisconsin hiring manager

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You Are Not Guilty Just Because You Refuse a PBT

A Recent Pretrial Issue in Sheboygan:             I was working on a case in Sheboygan County Circuit Court and the State wanted to use my client’s choice not to submit to a preliminary breath test against him at trial.  My client was facing an OWI 3rd charge.  He had been pulled over and asked to perform standardized field sobriety tests and following those tests the officer asked my client to submit to the preliminary brea…

1st OWI Charge Dropped by Grieve Law

            Recently I had a 1st OWI in Brookfield Municipal Court.  My client had been out that night and drove some of his friends home.  He was not familiar with where they lived as it was attached to the store they owned and not a residential area.  An officer saw my client driving and decided that it was suspicious that he was driving in this area because of the time of night when the stores would be closed and that it was not a residential area.…

Grieve Client Let Off: Driving Intoxicated with a Firearm

A Recent Jury Trial in Waukesha:             Recently, I took over a case where my client was facing an Intoxicated Possession of a Firearm charge in Waukesha County.  The accusation was that my client went armed with a firearm while she was intoxicated.  She had been pulled over driving her vehicle and issued an OWI 1st citation. Following her arrest the officer searched her vehicle and after digging around in her center console …

Intoxicated Possession of a Firearm & Trespassing Case Dismissed!

Imagine this: you're fighting with your significant other, you to their home, but don't want to leave your gun in the car that is parked on the street, so you do the logical and seemingly responsible thing: bring the gun inside the house and fall asleep on the bed.  The next thing you know, you are being woken up by police officers shining flashlights in your face. You are arrested and charged.  No field sobriety tests, no blood tests, just arrested on the word of someone else – …

Disorderly Conduct Charges Dropped in Milwaukee

A Recent Jury Trial in Milwaukee Recently, I had a client facing a Disorderly Conduct Domestic Abuse charge in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.  My client was accused of going over to his girlfriend’s house, getting into an argument, becoming violent and leaving. Subsequently, he was arrested and charged with Domestic Abuse Disorderly Conduct. He had previously been out on probation for a Criminal Trespass out of Racine, so a probation hold was placed on him, meaning he would not be r…

Wrongful OWI—Case dismissed!

OWI Case Dismissed When charged with Operating while Intoxicated (OWI), the State bears the burden of proving quite a laundry-list of things. Obviously, one of those factors is that you were intoxicated. More importantly, it is that you were intoxicated at the time you were operating your vehicle. What happens if your vehicle is off when police get to you? Many people view an OWI as an instance where someone is swerving all over the road and the police pull them over, the driver smells like al…

Domestic Violence Charges Reduced in Waukesha

When you think about a legal loophole, the thought that typically comes to mind is a person going free on a technicality. Sometimes, the opposite is also true, as it was in a recent situation for a Waukesha woman. My client was charged with Battery, and to make matters worse the District Attorney couched it in terms of domestic violence. Typically, domestic violence stems from a romantic relationship where the two people involved live together, or previously lived together. However, on the techn…

Disorderly Conduct with Motor Vehicle Case Dismissed

Grieve Law Gets Disorderly Conduct with Motor Vehicle Charge Dismissed If you have been charged with a criminal or traffic offense, it is crucial to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. The award-winning legal team at Grieve Law has successfully defended OWI and traffic cases and obtained dismissals based upon their skillful and insightful negotiations. Our client was charged with Disorderly Conduct with a Motor Vehicle. According to the police report, our client had deliberately ope…

OWI Charges reduced due to discrepancies in police report

It is not very often that police are caught “misleading the readers” in police reports. Body camera and squad car video footage tend to quickly bring out discrepancies in police reports on DUI stops. For this very reason, it is important to take the time to review all the evidence in your OWI case. In this particular instance, police wrote down observations of the driver when the car was first stopped. Police noted the driver had an odor of intoxicants, slurred speech, and glassy, r…

Waukesha Charges Reduced in Possession and Drug Paraphernalia Case

A Recent Possession and Drug Parahernalia Case in Waukesha Recently, I had a client facing a Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge in Circuit Court. The case was in circuit court because in Wisconsin possession of certain controlled substances in any amount equates to criminal charges. In this case, my client was facing up to a year in jail, the highest penalty possible for a conviction on a misdemeanor charge. Beyond that, my client was facing additio…

Milwaukee DUI Lawyer

I was recently involved in relatively serious traffic violation. As a result I had police knocking at my door multiple times and were calling very frequently. My family and I were very anxious as the potential outcome could have been disastrous for my family. I called Tom Grieve and he immediately calmed me down by fully explaining the situation I was in and took control immediately. He called the police and as a result they backed down right away. I work 3rd shift and was worried about being …

DUI Homicide Attorney Wisconsin

Milwaukee Criminal Defense Attorney Gets Felony Charges REDUCED for DUI Vehicular Manslaughter. My client was involved in a tragic snowmobile accident in which the passenger he was carrying died as the result of injuries she sustained. My client had been drinking, and was therefore facing charges of Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle. Fortunately, my client contacted me immediately following the incident, and I convinced the District Attorney to issue a lesser charge that did not i…

Sexual Assault Defense Attorneys Milwaukee

Milwaukee Criminal Defense Attorney Gets Charges DISMISSED with No Jail Time. My client in Juneau County came to me with a story of horror. He had been wrongfully accused of sexually assaulting a minor on multiple occasions along with exposing the minor to hardcore pornography after providing drugs and alcohol. My client swore he never touched the minor. Just the same, he had been charged with numerous sex crimes, including several very serious felonies: enough to put him in prison for decades.…

Reduce DUI Charges to a Lesser Traffic Offense

When the State WON’T Drop the Charges, We Minimize the Damage There are many ways to beat an Operating While Intoxicated charge. The most sought after outcome is outright dismissal of the charges, but when the State will not agree to dismiss, they can sometimes be persuaded to amend the charge down. In February 2017, after ten months of fighting, Grieve Law’s OWI attorneys convinced the prosecutors in Dodge County to reduce an OWI charge to a much less serious traffic offense. Drun…

Wisconsin Drugged Driving Lawyer

Milwaukee Criminal Defense Lawyer Gets Charges Reduced for DUI While High Like many other Wisconsin residents, this Milwaukee DUI client didn’t realized he could get a DUI/OWI for driving while he was high. Wisconsin drunk driving laws define intoxication as a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher OR being under the influence of ANY drugs or intoxicants. This client thought the marijuana had worn off enough and he was fine to drive, but it can take weeks for THC to completely leave the …

OWI in a Parked Car (Wisconsin)

Milwaukee Lawyer Get Charges Dropped for DUI in a Parked Car Have you ever been driving home from a party, a bar, or a restaurant and suddenly realized you probably should not be behind the wheel? You felt fine as you were hugging your friends goodbye, but all of a sudden the lane lines are fuzzy and 45 mph feels like 145. Many of our clients find themselves in this situation, and they decide to do the responsible thing: stop the car and wait or sleep until they are safe to drive again.…

Illegitimate Traffic Stop leads to Reduced Charges

If you have been charged with an OWI – either in state or municipal court – it is crucial to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.  The award-winning legal team at Grieve Law has successfully defended OWI cases based upon successfully challenging the legality of the traffic stop. Our client was charged with OWI-1st and Possession of Marijuana. According to the police report, our client’s vehicle was stopped for having an obstructed license plate. Upon investigati…

Charges Reduced in OWI and Possession Case

Our client was charged with OWI-1st, PAC-1st,  and Possession of Marijuana. According to the police report, our client’s license was suspended. Upon investigating the license issue, the officer began an OWI investigation because of an odor of intoxicants and an admission by our client to drinking. According to the police report, our client failed all three field sobriety tests, and also blew over the legal limit on a preliminary breath test. Our client was placed under arrest and tra…

Our Attorney's pull a win against OWI charges

If you have been charged with an OWI – either in state or municipal court – it is crucial to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.The award-winning legal team at Grieve Law has successfully defended OWI cases by challenging the legality of the traffic stop. For instance: A woman came to us after being charged with OWI-1st, PAC-1st, and Unsafe Lane Deviation. According to the police report, she failed all three field sobriety tests, and also blew over the legal limit on a pr…

Charges dropped due to incorrectly administered field test

I had a client facing an OWI 2nd charge in Waukesha County Circuit Court. The case was in circuit court because an OWI 2nd in Wisconsin is a criminal charge, whereupon if convicted you face up to 6 months in jail, along with a license revocation, fine, AODA, and ignition interlock requirements. My client had been on her way home and the arresting officer stated he saw her weaving across the center line, tailgating, and speeding.  Subsequently my client was arrested and submitted to a c…

OWI 2nd offense: incorrect field test, case dismissed

Recently, I had a client facing an OWI 2nd charge in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. The case was in circuit court because an OWI 2nd in Wisconsin is a criminal charge, whereupon if convicted you face up to 6 months in jail along with a license revocation, fine, AODA, and ignition interlock requirements. Serious penalties, for sure. Remember, though: You Are Only Guilty if Proven Guilty My client had been stopped at a stop sign, and when it was his turn to go he pulled forward into the interse…

OWI offense case brought to a Jury on appeal: reduced charges

I had a client facing an OWI 1st charge in Lake County Municipal Court. The case started in Municipal Court and eventually was appealed to the Waukesha County Circuit Court.  In Municipal court we took the case to trial, as my client was found to be under the legal limit and had lost control of his vehicle on a patch of ice. The Judge, however, found that despite the fact my client was under the legal limit and that an Officer testified to ice being present on the roadway, he was impaired w…

Milwaukee County OWI 1st offense case dismissed: illegal arrest

How Grieve Law Got This Client’s Milwaukee OWI Dismissed through Pre-Trial Motions In January 2017, an Operating While Intoxicated case in Milwaukee County was dismissed as a direct result of Grieve Law’s work in discrediting the arresting officer’s report and testimony. This case is an excellent example of how attorneys can use pretrial motions to limit or eliminate the prosecution’s evidence against our clients. 1. False or Inconsistent Police Reports Very early on i…

Milwaukee County carrying a concealed weapon case dismissed: inadmissible evidence

When Are Miranda Rights Required? You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Sounds familiar, right? TV and movie police officers say this all the time, and people think they are entitled to their Miranda rights as soon as they are arrested. Under the law, however, you are only entitled to your Miranda rights if you are in custody and being interrogated. In a Milwaukee County case, Grieve Law criminal defense attorney Julia Westle…

Milwaukee County OWI charges reduced: camera footage of illegal arrest

Our Drunk Driving Attorneys Use Police Officers’ Body Cam Video to Your Advantage Police officers and squad cars are increasingly equipped with video cameras to document arrests and other encounters with police. Sometimes the footage protects officers who are doing their jobs properly. Other times, the evidence supports an innocent victim when an officer fails to report the encounter correctly, either by deliberately lying on the police report or by inadvertently mistaking a few details. …

Milwaukee OWI Charges Dropped: Motion to Suppress Evidence

If you have been charged with an OWI – either in state or municipal court – it is crucial to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. The award-winning legal team at Grieve Law has successfully defended OWI cases and obtained dismissals based upon successfully challenging the legality of the traffic stop. In this case, our client was charged with OWI-2nd and PAC-2nd. According to the police report, our client failed his field sobriety tests and also blew over the legal limit o…

Milwaukee County OWI 1st offense case dismissed: not guilty verdict

Our client was charged with OWI 1st Offense and PAC 1st Offense after a long night at work. She hat stopped at a gas station on her way home to get a drink, and took a few minutes to rest in her car before heading home. The employees at the gas station contacted police out of concern because she had been parked at the gas station for a while. The police arrived to question our client. Our client told the officers of her activities that evening, including the fact that she had been present at th…

Milwaukee County OWI 1st offense case dismissed: inadmissible evidence

Our client was charged with an OWI 1st offense, PAC 1st offense, and failure to control vehicle. After a tire on his car went flat, his car went off the road.  He called a tow truck and was waiting for it to arrive when the police came upon him and stopped to see if he needed assistance.  After a short conversation, the police believed our client was under the influence of alcohol and asked him to complete field sobriety tests. According to the police report, our client failed all thr…

Waukesha County OWI 2nd offense case dismissed: insufficient evidence

Who knew that a 24-hour restaurant would be closed in the wee hours of the morning? Not many people. In an OWI 2nd case that took place in Waukesha County, Attorney Julia Westley successfully argued that her client was illegally stopped by police outside of a 24-hour restaurant, and therefore any evidence following that stop should be dismissed. Following that hearing and the subsequent evidence being suppressed, the State of Wisconsin dismissed the case altogether because they could not prove …

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