Defense Attorney Clayton Griessmeyer has experience in Wisconsin
and California representing
criminal defendants. He helps criminal defendants and family members deal
with the stress of a pending criminal case.
As a criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Griessmeyer has helped people from diverse backgrounds
including juveniles, law enforcment, medical
professionals, teachers, business owners, Army, Marines, and many others.
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CRIMINAL DEFENSE CASE EXPERIENCE
● Felony Drug Possession with intent
● Felony Drug Manufacturing-Mushrooms
● Felony Maintaining a drug
● Misdemeanor Possess
● Possession with
● Attempt Battery
● DUI first, second, third offense
● Intimidation of a
● Operating After Revocation
● Open Container
● Theft of Movable Property
● Felony Theft from Business
● Resisting or Obstructing an
● Juvenile Crimes
● Wisconsin Criminal Appeal
Fleeing/Eluding an Officer
● Felony Reckless Endangerment
● Theft from Person
●Possession of Silenced Machine Gun
●PTSD as a defense to crimes
●Misdemeanor possession of cocaine
●Refusal to provide breath or blood
●Operating after revocation
● Municipal Ordinance violations
●Possession of drug paraphernalia
|WISCONSIN DUI Laws.
Wisconsin law generally prevents drivers from
1. Driving in an unsafe manner as a result of alcohol or controlled
2. Operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited
alcohol content at the time of driving.
A prohibited alcohol content is generally a bac
of .08 unless the driver is under 21 years old
or has prior offenses and notice of a lower bac
level (.02) or has a commercial driver's
Because there are two laws that apply (driving
in an unsafe manner or with a .08 or higher)
prosecutors have two chances to convict an
alleged dui driver.
Note that although there are two separate laws,
if convicted, a driver is only punished for one
Note also that a refusal to provide blood or
breath test evidence is separate from the above
and if found unreasonable will result in a
longer revocation and potential other penalties
including an ignition interlock device.
If a driver refuses testing and is not
forcefully compelled, there will be no charge of
operating with a prohibited alcohol content
because there is no proof of the bac level.
However, there will be a charge for OWI and also
New Laws. Beginning July 1, 2010, significant
changes were made to existing Wisconsin DUI
laws. Many changes were created under "Act
100." Major changes include: • 4th offense OWI
is now a felony if it occurs within five years
of a previous offense; • A first offense is a
misdemeanor if a child under 16 is in the car •
For the first time, judges are allowed to
sentence drivers to probation placing a greater
emphasis on treatment and prevention of future
offenses, mandatory jail minimums still apply
but successful probation can reduce the
suggested sentence under the applicable
Attorney Clayton Griessmeyer helps people who
have been injured or wronged, with a focus on bike accidents and bicycle injury.
If you have been injured in any type of
accident, call for a free case evaluation. Attorney
Griessmeyer can travel throughout Wisconsin to meet with you and
can visit you or your family at a location you choose including
your house or the hospital.
Griessmeyer Law Bike Blog
The following cases represent Wisconsin
and California bicycle injury cases. The Wisconsin cases
were handled soley by Attorney Griessmeyer while the California
cases were handled by Attorney Richard Duquette with help from
Attorney Griessmeyer who worked as a law clerk and Associate
Attorney. Note that each case depends on the facts of the
individual case and results vary. Do not assume similar
outcomes can be obtained:
● Bicycle Injury Jury Trial-Door
County Wisconsin December 2011-3 days long. Jury Verdict in favor of
bicyclist $98,099.69. ($80,000 pain and suffering)* Lifelong bicyclist who bicycled
across the State of Iowa (RagBri) eight times was struck from
behind on a straight, flat, road on a sunny day. The 17 year old
driver admitted to police he struck the bicyclist just
after he looked down at his radio. After
the driver lied under oath and said he called 911 (which was not
true) Attorney Griessmeyer subpoeaned the driver's phone
records. The phone records showed approximately 500
incoming and outgoing text messages the day of the collision
including several between the three minute period later
idenitifed as the time of the collision. The defense
argued the driver texted while in his car just before he started
driving. The bicyclist was knocked unconscious and
suffered permanent post concussion syndrome and a broken
collarbone. The investigating sheriffs cited the bicyclist
for sudden movement into traffic and did not cite the driver
even though he admitted on scene that he looked at his radio
just before hitting the bicyclist on a straight, flat road, on a
sunny day just after noon. Photographs taken at the scene showed
skid marks crossing from left to right into the bicycle lane.
The driver also admitted he did not give the bicyclist the
minimum required three feet space before attempting to pass.
None of the deputies who testified at trial had heard of the
three foot law. By the time of jury verdict, a total of
seven different lawyers had represented the various defendants.
The bicyclist was represented solely by Attorney Clayton
Griessmeyer. *The jury found the bicyclist 20% at fault,
and the judge later reduced the verdict by $2,525. Just
before the trial started, the insurance company and its lawyer
offered $30,000 to settle the case claiming they felt the jury
would find the bicyclist at least 50% at fault. A mediator
valued the case at about $25,000. The
bicyclist did not have to pay any money back to his health
insurance company for past bills or to his own car insurance
company for medical payments. This saved the
bicyclist over $15,000. Wisconsin.
to read interview of injured bicyclist.
● Former Division I scholarship athlete
riding bicycle at night during storm with proper lights.
Bicyclist had a green light and traveled straight at an
intersection. Car across from bicyclist turned left in front of
him causing collision and ac joint separation. Insurance
company claimed bicyclist was at fault despite the fact police
cited the driver for failure to yield and police noted bicyclist
had proper lighting and right of way. This forced the bicyclist
to file a lawsuit against the driver and insurance company.
After approximately 14 months of litigation, the case settled
for $40,000. (Insurance company also paid $5,299.99 for the
destroyed bicycle). Bicyclist had to pay $3,264.70 to the health
insurance carrier for payment of past medical bills related to
injuries + costs and attorney fee. Wisconsin.
●Commuter bicyclist hit by unlicensed driver-suffered broken collarbone with two surgeries.
limits ($50,000) tendered without having to file lawsuit. Insurance
Company initially claimed bicyclist was partially at fault.
Health insurance company waived entire lien saving client tens
of thousands. Wisconsin.
● Elite level athlete hit by truck after
the driver of the truck rolled a stop. Bicyclist suffered
road rash and ongoing headaches. Case settled for
$43,838.02 including damage to bicycle. Bicyclist had to
pay attorney fee and also pay $4,000 to health insurance company
for past medical bills. Wisconsin.
● Bike racer battered when road rage
driver became irate, parked his car in the middle of the road
and attacked the bicyclist. Driver's insurance company
refused coverage due to intentional act. Driver was charged with
crimes. Case was settled without lawsuit. Wisconsin.
●Commuter bicyclist broke wrist trying to avoid car
quickly pulling into parking lot in front of him at night.
Case settled without lawsuit despite insurance company initially
claiming bicyclist was 100% at fault and $0.00 initial offer to
bicyclist before he hired attorney Griessmeyer and after he gave
a recorded statement to the insurance company. Health insurance
lien reduced saving client money. Wisconsin.
●Ironman triathlete hit by car while
training/running. Case settled without lawsuit.
Health insurance lien reduced. Wisconsin.
●Commuter hit by car and not injured but
cited by the police. Driver was not cited. At
commuter bicyclist was found not guilty. Wisconsin.
●Triathlete with broken back from car/bike
collision requiring back surgery (driver turned left in front of
bicylist who was descending and could not stop) California
●Bicyclist collision with road rage driver
outside of his vehicle resulting in broken hip requiring surgery
(biker did not own a car and had ridden over 100,000 miles in
his life.) California
●Cyclist with broken back and three
separate hospital stays requiring major back surgery-California
●Commuter cyclist with concussion and mild
traumatic brain injury from collision with truck
suffered broken elbow after collision with debris negligently
left in road at night-California
● Marine who suffered broken finger
after collision with car (and other injuries which affected his
military performance and career)-California
●Commuter and ultra-distance rider who
collided with truck while training for an upcoming race (4
broken ribs, severe knee injury, hospital stay, and numerous
●Cyclist who collided with back of
vehicle resulting in knee injury and knee surgery-California
●Commuter who suffered shoulder injuries
●Long time bicycle racer struck by boat and
trailer being pulled by truck resulted in arm surgery and the
implantation of several screws to fix a badly damaged arm-California
●Bicyclist doored causing serious injury-California