Manitowoc County OWI Attorney

Piel Law Office
500 W. Silver Spring Drive, Suite K-200
Milwaukee, WI 53217
(877) 577-0735

from the date of your arrest for DUI in Wisconsin to request an administrative hearing about your driver's license. If you do not, your driver's license will be automatically suspended.

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Wisconsin OWI Lawyer
Piel Law Office
Walter Piel, Jr.
Manitowoc County DUI/OWI Lawyer
500 W. Silver Spring Drive, Suite K-200
Milwaukee, WI 53217

Toll Free (877) 577-0735

The primary drunk driving offense in Wisconsin is called Operating While Intoxicated or OWI. It can also be referred to as Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of an Intoxicant. Many states call this offense Driving Under the Influence or DUI. The charges are comparable and come with severe penalties and long-term consequences. Call Walter Piel, Manitowoc County OWI attorney, as soon as possible after an arrest for drunk driving in Wisconsin.

  • 20 years of experience practicing in Wisconsin
  • Unparalleled trial experience in Wisconsin OWI cases
  • Success in having OWI cases DISMISSED and securing NOT GUILTY verdicts at trial
  • Track record and testimonials you can rely on
  • Call immediately for a free consultation of your drunk driving charges

Despite how overwhelming a drunk driving charge may seem, you still have legal rights. An experienced Wisconsin OWI/DUI lawyer can help you understand and preserve those rights. If you want to fight your case, it is critical that you immediately contact a qualified OWI defense attorney.

Just because you have received a citation does not mean you are guilty. Manitowoc OWI attorney Walter Piel starts with the premise that you are innocent. He will challenge evidence, analyze maintenance records of breath and blood testing equipment, research your case, interview witnesses, and review the arrest report for errors in police procedure and policy. The goal is to make the state meet its burden of establishing guilt. If it cannot prove each of its points, there is a chance your charges could be reduced or your case dismissed.

Free Initial OWI Case Review

Manitowoc County OWI attorney Walter Piel offers a free review of your specific case, with no further obligation. He will discuss legal options, clarify your rights, outline prospective penalties, and propose fees for his services. To schedule a meeting, fill out the consultation request form or call toll free (877) 577-0735. Phones are answered 24/7.

WARNING: Wisconsin Driver's License Suspension

According to Wisconsin OWI/DUI law, if you failed a breath test during an arrest for driving under the influence or you refused to submit to a test, you will automatically lose your driver's license. This is an action that is separate from the drunk driving case and may occur even before your first court date.

About Manitowoc County OWI Attorney Walter Piel

The Piel Law Office practices criminal law, with an almost exclusive focus on drunk driving defense. Manitowoc County OWI attorney Walter Piel has handled more than 750 Wisconsin OWI/DUI cases during his twenty years of practicing law in Wisconsin. He has taken more than 100 cases to a jury trial. That kind of court and trial experience could make a difference in the outcome of your case.

Manitowoc OWI lawyer Walter Piel received an undergraduate degree from the University of Stevens Point and a juris doctorate from the University of Nebraska, where he participated in the College of Law Client Counseling Competition. He interned with the Portage County District Attorney’s Office, giving unique insight into both sides of a Wisconsin drunk driving case. Walter Piel clerked with the Nebraska Department of Transportation where he worked with the legal department in enforcing the state's drunk driving Implied Consent Law.

OWI attorney Walter Piel is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin (Criminal Law Section), the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has attended the Wisconsin Public Defender Trial Skills Academy and participated in an Advanced Cross Examination Course at the National Criminal Defense College.

You have the absolute right to challenge an Administrative Suspension or Refusal Revocation process. To do so you must file a written request for an Administrative Hearing. In most cases, that request must be filed within 10 days of your arrest. Failure to make the request on time will result in the automatic suspension or revocation of your driving privileges. Consulting a qualified OWI attorney will help ensure that your rights are protected and improve your chances of keeping your driving privileges. Contact Manitowoc OWI attorney Walter Piel and ask him for immediate help with requesting a hearing and representing you.

Penalties for OWI/DUI in Wisconsin

Being found guilty of driving under the influence in Manitowoc, Wisconsin could result in court costs, fines, financial surcharges and fees, loss of driver's license, significantly higher auto insurance premiums, and a mandatory alcohol assessment. A second offense could lead to a mandatory jail sentence with a minimum term.

A second OWI/DUI in Wisconsin is filed as a criminal act. Having two or more convictions for OWI/DUI would mean having a criminal record, which could lead to loss of your existing job, limit future employment opportunities, prohibit you from opening a credit account, and may limit travel to other countries. Canada in particular is more vigorously enforcing its long-standing policy of denying entry to those who have committed a crime, even a misdemeanor OWI/DUI.

The penalties for Wisconsin OWI/DUI change frequently, making it even more important to hire an experienced and qualified drunk driving defense attorney like Walter Piel.

Get Help With Your Wisconsin OWI

For a free consultation and immediate help with your license and your OWI case, contact Manitowoc County OWI lawyer Walter Piel by calling (877) 577-0735 or filling out the form. All inquiries are confidential and will receive a prompt response.


Reviews by
Actual Former OWI Clients

of Walter Piel.

5 Star Review
Rating: 10 out of 10
Based on 3 reviews

Walter Piel was my attorney and represented me with an aggressive no quit attitude. He took charge and never misrepresented what he was willing to do or could do for my situation. I was blessed to have him for an attorney.

5 Star Review

Walter was everything I could ask for during one of the darkest periods of my life. He was compassionate yet realistic regarding my situation. He explained every step of the process in ways that I could understand, took nothing for granted, and wound up getting the charges dismissed. I could not have imagined a better outcome or overall experience. Thanks, Walter, you saved the day!

5 Star Review

Attorney Piel handled my case in a professional and expeditious manner. I was very satisfied with his representation of me and completely resolved my case. It was great to have an attorney who truly “advocated” for me. In a time of need, Attorney Piel was there for me and on my side!

5 Star Review

I was involved in a car accident after I had been drinking and because I had been drinking, the police and the hospital staff were not interested in the facts only the appearance of what happened. I was strapped to a table and forced to give blood, was called names and pushed around by police officers, and I felt as if I had no one who would listen or try to understand how everything took place that night. Walt came to my house and drove all the way across 2 counties to sit at my kitchen table and hear my story about that night. He made no promises, but I could hear a very strong, solid, reliable, honest, trustworthy, experienced, man sitting in front of me. After Walt fought diligently, both felonies were dropped and I was charged with a misdemeanor. If you ever need a lawyer who actually cares please hire Walt, you will not be disappointed. The reason I call him Walt and not Walter is because he is my friend not just some run of the mill lawyer I hired.

Wisconsin OWI Lawyer
Piel Law Office
Manitowoc County DUI/OWI Lawyer
500 W. Silver Spring Drive, Suite K-200
Milwaukee, WI 53217

Toll Free (877) 577-0735

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