• Proven Track Record
  • 12 Years Experience
  • Practices exclusively in OWI defense
  • Obtained Many Successful Outcomes

Milwaukee DUI Lawyer

DUI Lawyers Practicing Exclusively in OWI for Over 12 Years in Wisconsin

If a person's blood alcohol content reaches .08 or higher, they are over the Wisconsin legal limit. It may also have a serious impact on your reputation, family, and career options if you drive under the influence. Have you been arrested for a DUI in Milwaukee, Wisconsin? Our OWI and DUI lawyers in Milwaukee can help!

Our Milwaukee OWI Lawyer

At Bayer Law Offices, we practice exclusively in OWI and have over a decade of experience representing clients charged with OWI. While many attorneys may offer OWI defense services in Milwaukee, I focus my practice on OWI defense which will provide you with a strong and informed representation. 

In fact, Attorney John Bayer has primarily dedicated his legal career to advising and counseling individuals arrested for OWI. He also keeps up to date with the latest forensic science concerning breath and blood tests to ensure he puts his best foot forward for his clients. 

Contact our DUI lawyer in Milwaukee online or at (414) 250-7997to get started on your DUI defense in a free consultation today.

What Is an OWI in Milwaukee, Wisconsin?

In Wisconsin, the illegal act of drinking and driving is charged as operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI). A motorist may be charged with OWI if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more, also called the prohibited alcohol concentration (PAC). 

Note that it is still possible to be charged with OWI even if the motorist has a BAC below .08% if they perform poorly in the field sobriety tests, showing obvious and dangerous impairment. 

Is a DUI a Misdemeanor in Wisconsin?

It depends on the number of past convictions. In general, a first offense DUI in Milwaukee will be considered a civil violation, while a second (depending on when the last conviction was) and third offense could be a misdemeanor. A fourth or greater offense would be a felony. 

However, certain circumstances could alter these charges. For example, if it is your first offense but a minor was in the vehicle the charge could become a criminal violation. Additionally, if injuries were caused it could be elevated to a misdemeanor. 

If injury was incurred during a second OWI, then it could be raised to a felony. A third conviction will also be raised to a felony if a minor was present, or injuries were sustained. That’s why it’s important to hire a qualified DUI lawyer in Milwaukee when facing such charges. 

How Long Does a DUI Stay On Your Record?

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, DUI convictions will remain on an individual’s record forever. This does not apply to charges that were dismissed or dropped. While Wisconsin law does allow some charges to be expunged if the individual was younger than 25 and finished their sentence, this isn’t always an option. 

It’s best to consult with a skilled DUI attorney in Milwaukee to help you better understand your charges and to help build your defense. In some cases, charges may be able to be reduced.

Are DUI Checkpoints Legal in Milwaukee?

While DUI checkpoints are legal in some states, Wisconsin is not one of them. For an officer to pull over a driver there must be “reasonable suspicion” under state law. This could include reckless driving, such as speeding or running a light, an inability to stay in one’s lane or swerving, and driving significantly under the speed limit.

Does a DUI Show Up on a Background Check?

As a DUI is part of an individual’s public record, it can appear on a criminal background check.  While first offense DUI is typically a civil violation, not criminal, it may still show up on a screening performed by an employer depending on the type of background check done. That’s why it’s imperative you enlist the legal representation of a skilled OWI attorney. 

Why Choose Bayer Law Offices?

You may have difficulty supporting your family if you are charged with DUI/OWI in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is possible to lose your driver's license, which would effectively make commuting to work impossible, resulting in you being unable to earn a living.

 You may also be disadvantaged in the future if you are convicted of DUI/OWI. When you have been arrested for DUI or OWI, you can't afford to settle for anything less than the best representation. The DUI lawyers in Milwaukee at Bayer Law Offices represent clients who face a wide array of DUI/OWI-related charges, including:

  • The act of driving under the influence
  • Revocation or suspension of a license
  • Transporting open alcohol
  • After an accident, leaving the scene

Contact our Milwaukee OWI attorney online  or at (414) 250-7997 to get started on your DUI defense in a free consultation today.

DUI/OWI Defense in Wisconsin

Refusals in Wisconsin

Has your license been suspended as a result of refusing field sobriety and chemical test in Wisconsin? Because of Wisconsin's implied consent law, drivers that have been placed under arrest and have refused a field sobriety test are required to submit to the officer’s requested chemical test. Refusing the chemical test can result in your license suspension and a refusal hearing. Having a skilled Milwaukee DWI attorney by your side during the court process can help make sure your rights are protected.  

Visit our page on Refusals to learn more.

Illinois Drivers

If you have been charged with an OWI and are from Illinois, having a skilled Milwaukee DUI lawyer can help you navigate the nuances of dealing with Wisconsin law. Illinois driver's convicted in Wisconsin you may face harsher penalties than in their home state. There are also differences in Wisconsin's refusal laws. Contact a skilled legal team to represent you and don't fight your OWI alone. 

Visit our page on Illinois Drivers to learn more

Commercial Driver’s License

As a CDL holder, getting an OWI can be career-ending. When fighting a DUI it is crucial to have an experienced attorney in your corner to make sure you get the best defense. Whether it's preparing your case or vigorously fighting for you in court, hiring an experienced Milwaukee OWI lawyer can make all the difference in your future. 

Visit our page on Commercial Driver’s License to learn more.



Understanding Wisconsin's DUI laws can be challenging. There are numerous factors that go into determining the penalties for a DUI/OWI. The last thing anyone wants to do is face the criminal justice system alone. Having a zealous defender representing you is essential. A skilled DUI attorney in Milwaukee can guide you through the legal process and advocate for your rights. 

Visit our page on Penalties to learn more.

  • “John was able to get the OWI Second and the Refusal charges dismissed. I cannot express how grateful I am to have had attorney Bayer represent me. He is a true professional in every sense and I would recommend him to anyone that needs his services.”

    - Former Client
  • “John and Mike were professional throughout the process. I received updates with every new development and was also given great advice on how to navigate the entire situation I would definitely recommend Johns services.”

    - Former Client
  • “I could not have asked for a better attorney for me. He always treated me like a real person, and he is very down to earth. Definitely would recommend John Bayer to anyone. And will be my first call if I ever need his help again.”

    - Former Client
  • “It was my first offense and John helped with my situation. He checks everything to help with my case and fought to not get the Interlock. I am really glad he went above expectations and recommend him to represent you.”

    - Former Client


John Bayer grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. After graduating with his B.A in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006, John earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School in 2009. He continued to go on and passed the California State Bar Exam.

Schedule a free consultation with Bayer Law Offices online or by phone at (414) 939-9650 to plan your next steps today.

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