Personalized OWI Defense

Being charged with drunk driving is a serious matter in Wisconsin. If you are convicted, the consequences will include the loss of your driver’s license, large fines, big increases in your insurance premiums, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (that must be blown into to start your vehicle) and a host of other problems.

If you were arrested for OWI (often referred to as DUI or DWI in other states), OWPAC (operating with prohibited alcohol concentration) and/or breath test refusal, there are things you need to handle immediately — within 10 days of your arrest — if you wish to minimize the consequences of the charges.

It is important to talk to a knowledgeable lawyer about your OWI charges as soon as possible to make sure that all of the steps are taken before the deadlines. Call our office at 715-598-2761 to learn more about the next steps for your case.

Proactive Drunk Driving Defense Attorney

If you were arrested in Chippewa Valley for driving under the influence of alcohol — or an equally serious breath test refusal — you need to act promptly if you want to minimize the impact of the arrest. The experienced criminal defense team at Hertel Law, S.C., is here to help you protect your legal rights and reach the best possible outcome if your case involves:

  • Combined OWI and OWPAC charges
  • Refusing a field sobriety test
  • Combined OWI and refusal charges
  • An accident with or without injuries
  • A compulsory blood draw
  • Underage DUI and underage drinking tickets
  • Related criminal charges such as OWI causing injury, assault or manslaughter

Every case is different. Our firm can develop a personalized strategy for your defense, which can include filing a hearing on a refusal, exploring whether an officer had reasonable suspicion for the traffic stop and probable cause for the arrest, and investigating issues related to the breath test device or blood draw and the arresting officer’s training.

Extensive Training For Us, Excellent OWI Representation For You

We have received the same OWI training as law enforcement officers. We have been educated in the same OWI training of standardized field sobriety testing, so we understand how law enforcement officers think before and during traffic stops and field sobriety tests. This level of training allows us to provide comprehensive representation to our clients.

Contact Us For A Free, Confidential Consultation

If you have been charged with OWI in Eau Claire, please call us at 715-598-2761 or contact us online for a free, confidential consultation. We can answer your questions and help you develop a plan for addressing whatever criminal charges you are facing.


  • Former President Of The Wisconsin
    Association Of Criminal Defense
    Lawyers / Currently On
    Board Of Directors
  • Board Of Directors For Wisconsin
    Association For Justice
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice