When GG first came to us he was devastated by his recent drunk driving arrest. He was only a few months away from graduating as an electrical lineman, a well-paying field in which GG would work on power lines throughout Wisconsin. An OWI conviction would make it so GG would never be hired in the field that he had spent years studying. The facts of GG's case initially looked very bleak. He was stopped for a burnt out headlight as he was coming back from a downtown bar area at 2:25AM. The officer observed an open beer can in the car and then claimed GG failed the field sobriety tests. A blood test came back indicating that GG’s blood-alcohol concentration was .172. GG contacted our firm to save his career and Attorney Matt Murray was tabbed for this very important assignment. Matt got to work right away laying the groundwork for what would become a very successful defense. After thoroughly questioning the arresting officer about the field sobriety tests at GG's administrative suspension hearing, Matt carefully planted the seeds for a legal challenge to whether the officer even had grounds to administer the tests to GG in the first place. Matt filed a motion to this effect, relying on the officer's testimony at the suspension hearing. As the motion hearing approached, the prosecution filed response briefs to the motions filed by Matt. The same day, Matt sent reply briefs of his own. This process happened multiple times in the days preceding the hearing, but Matt was determined to not let the prosecutor get the upper hand. The prosecutor never did. In fact, immediately before the motion hearing, Matt was able to negotiate an outstanding result. The prosecutor agreed to drop the drunk driving charges. In exchange, GG agreed to plead no contest to Reckless Driving, a non-alcohol-related driving ticket carrying no loss of license. GG's career was saved. Another very real result, and another very happy client.
Case #2 : OWI-3rd (with .240 Blood-Alcohol Concentration) Reduced to OWI-1st with Minimum Penalties and Avoidance of Ignition Interlock Device
Not realizing that drunk driving cases can actually be fought and won, SE plead guilty to his second OWI years ago without the help of an attorney. When SE picked up a third offense, he knew he was going to need the help of a very skilled attorney. The stakes were just too high. SE contacted Attorney Matt Murray. Utilizing his in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of DUI defense, Matt was able to successfully attack SE's second offense OWI from years before. This was a huge victory because SE’s first offense was more than ten years ago, making it too old to count. As a result, SE's third offense suddenly became a first, with no possibility of jail time or any of the other extremely harsh consequences associated with a third offense.
Due to his very high alcohol concentration of .24, however, SE was still facing a long license revocation, ignition interlock device, and a stiff fine, even though the case was now just a first offense. But Matt wasn't finished. As it turns out, the blood draw was captured on video and it showed the phlebotomist not following proper procedure. Matt then challenged whether or not the blood test could be used at trial, along with some other motions, and a deal was struck with the prosecution to have SE plead to the absolute minimums for an OWI-1st. This meant that SE not only avoided the third offense penalties, he also avoided the ignition interlock device and received the absolute minimum license revocation and fine for a first offense. Highly specialized knowledge and relentless advocacy: The cornerstones of our practice.
Case #3: No Conviction Where Client Was Alleged To Have Resisted Arrest Causing An Officer To Suffer A Dislocated Hip, Fractured Femur, And A Torn Labrum