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Kirk Bowden Obear

Criminal defense Attorney at Sheboygan, WI

5.0   23 reviews

Licensed for 28 years

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About Kirk

Learn Kirk’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%

    26 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    50%
    I am considered one of the leading attorneys in the state of Wisconsin in this area. I receive referrals from clients, judges, other attorneys and law enforcement agents. I have successfully resolved hundreds of DUI cases in favor of my clients. Please refer to my website page "casework" for a listing of specific results.

    24 years

"DEFENSE DONE RIGHT."

Kirk Obear Attorney at Law - 603 South 8th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081

 

          When you hire us you will get 200% consideration and attention to detail on your case.  Your calls will get through, your questions will get answered, and you will see the difference real teamwork makes when you need it most:
 
 

 

Our mission is to see you through this difficult time and fight for the best possible results in your case.           
                                               
 
 
 
 
Office hours Monday- Friday, 8-5  
Nights and weekends by appointment
Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Payment Plans
Free 60 minute consultation  
    

 

 

  If you would like more information about my criminal defense practice or if you have questions that are not answered on this web site, please contact me: I can be reached by phone at or by e-mail at:  

Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice

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Licensed for 28 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1994
Updated 12/05/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Kirk Obear Attorney at Law
603 South 8th Street
Sheboygan, WI, 53081

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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
Kirk received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2016
Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2010
If you're looking for excellent representation, Kirk Obear is the one to call!!!
I hired Kirk to represent me in a multiple felony drug case I was facing. Not only was I extremely impressed with the work and effort he put into my case, I also couldn't have asked for a better outcome. I was facing up to 3 years probation and 90 days in jail. Kirk was very dedicated and committed to my case. As a result of his hard work and knowledge, I was only given one year probation without any jail time. Of my three felony charges, one was dropped and the other two were reduced to misdemeanor charges with the possibility of expongement after successfully completing my probation. Personally, I don't feel there's another lawyer out there that could've handled my case better than Kirk Obear.
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Posted by Shawn | June 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
Kirk Obear gave me my life back. I was accused by my ex of heinous acts that I didn’t commit, and the city of Sheboygan charged me with zero evidence that I did anything. Kirk took my case and was a Godsend. We went to jury trial and he completely obliterated the prosecution and won. It was amazing watching him do what he obviously takes great pride in. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to defend me, and I would highly recommend him to anyone. Thank you to Kirk and his team for giving me my life back!
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Everything was under control
End of the year in 2019 and I was facing 2 felony charges for something that never even happened. I was scared that something like this could happen, even though there was no evidence whatsoever. From the get-go Kirk tried to get the charges dropped for various reasons, but the prosecutor apparently had a big ego or something to try and prove. These charges should have been dropped from the beginning and Kirk knew this. Anyways a full year later (mostly due to COVID) I finally make it to jury trial and Kirk "gave it to them" in the court room. Not once did he stumble. He was FULLY prepared to show them what a waste of time and tax payers money that was used to fight this. Needless to say the jury was in agreement and I was found "Not Guilty".
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2019
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Thorough,dedicated, and caring
Out of nowhere i was hit with some felonies facing up to 35 years. Never being in trouble before i was terrified of what was going to happen. I met with at a lot of different firms but none made me feel as safe as Kirk's. From the start he explained everything with extreme detail. Kirk and his team were very thorough through thebwhole process and even got one of my charges dropped. When everything was set and done i got probation and i get to keep my life on track. I could easily say kirk saved my life
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2016
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Kirk Basically Saved My Life!
48 hours after my 20th birthday I was charged with a C class felony and an I class felony, facing 40 years in prison. I thought my life was absolutely over. My mother and I hired Kirk and his amazing team and he fought well for me, set me up with a psychologist to prove that I had mental health issues, got me out of jail, back home, and sentenced to only probation convicted of only the one felony and not the other. The team helped me and boosted my confidence the whole way through and are now helping me keep me nursing license. Life is back to normal, I'm working, and getting the help I need and the nightmare is over all thanks to Kirk and his associates. Thank You Kirk.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2016
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So Happy!!!!!!!
In the fall of 2012, I was charged as an adult with a federal crime. I was facing felony charges and up to 40 years if convicted. I panicked! I didn’t know where to begin to look for a lawyer, and started going through the yellow pages that night. In call after call, voice messages were left because it was after work hours. When I called Kirk around 8:30pm, I was surprised, pleased and thankful that he picked up the phone. My decision to hire Kirk was specifically because of his strong background in these types of cases. Kirk and his staff were wonderful to work with. Their professionalism and knowledge was not only impressive, but outstanding. With Kirk’s help and expertise the charges were reduced to misdemeanors. Then I had to meet the terms of a plea agreement in order to have everything dismissed from my record. I am happy to say, it happened! I will always be so grateful to Kirk. This outcome would not have been possible with any other lawyer.
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Posted by Kirk Obear, Statewide Criminal Defense | January 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Theft Charges Dismissed
I was facing a felony theft charge and based on the recommendation of a friend, I contacted the Obear firm for help. I was truly impressed by Kirk's caring attitude and the amazing amount of effort he put into my case. He made me feel like I was the most important client he had, although I am sure he treats all of his clients that way. I never had to hire a lawyer before, so I was a little nervous about how it would all work. He put my fears at ease and kept me fully informed every step of the way. Kirk convinced the judge to dismiss my case and I now have no criminal record at all thanks to the Obear law firm. I am very very happy with the outcome!
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2016
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Not Guilty Verdict
I was referred to Kirk Obear to represent me in an OWI case in Oshkosh. At first, I didn't know what to expect since I had never worked with a lawyer before. I had assumed that he would be very busy and not able to spend much time with me. Boy was I wrong! Kirk spent an incredible amount of time preparing for the trial, and preparing me for my testimony. By the time the trial date came, we had spent many hours getting ready and I knew exactly what to expect. I couldn't have been happier with Attorney Obear's mastery of the evidence and complete control over the courtroom. He made the prosecutor look like a fool. When the jury came back NOT GUILTY on all counts, I was so relieved and so happy I had made the right choice. I will never forget Kirk's devotion to my case, and his professionalism. I know I won't ever get in trouble again, but I know who to recommend to my friends and family if they ever find themselves needing the best there is. Thank you Kirk.
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2016
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Case Dismissed. Thank you Kirk!
I was charged with a sex offense and I thought my life was over until I found Kirk Obear and his law firm. Mr. Obear analyzed the evidence, met with the prosecutor, and argued that my case should be dismissed. Not only did I avoid having to spend a single day in jail, but I have no criminal record and no conviction thanks to Kirk and his staff. I cannot thank them enough for their help. I would highly recommend this office for anyone in need of excellent representation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
AMAZING RESULT
Someone sent an anonymous letter to the police stating that I was growing marijuana in my home. Based on the letter, the police obtained a warrant. Kirk went to bat for me and found evidence that the police had hidden and uncovered false statements that were made when the warrant was applied for. He fought for me over the course of four hearings in court, which ultimately resulted in the judge throwing out all of the evidence against me. I cannot thank Kirk enough for his dedication to my case. He was always there for me, even on the weekends and late at night. It was a very stressful experience for me, but I knew I was in good hands and just having Kirk in my corner made all the difference in the world. If you need help in any criminal matter, anywhere in the state, Kirk and his team cannot be beat!
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2014
If you want the best, call Kirk!!!
I was arrested for a second offense drunk driving case and I knew I needed to find the best lawyer out there to handle my case. I did some research and met with Kirk Obear, who agreed to represent me. From the very beginning I knew I was in good hands when he aggressively tackled the prosecution’s evidence. Ultimately, the case went to trial and Kirk fought hard for my innocence to the end. The jury found me Not Guilty of OWI and PAC. I can’t thank Kirk enough for his great work on my case. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who needs to win. He was the best lawyer I have ever worked with.
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Posted by Justin | January 15, 2014
The best choice available!
I was federally Indicted In early 2012. Thought that with what I knew that I would be able to do this with out a lawyer and just with a public defender. After a year of the public defender not even wanting to discuss the case and only wanted me to take deals. I then decided to hire an attorney. Kirk Obear was highly recommended to us. I retained him in early 2013 and noticed quickly a big improvement. With a trial date still a year in the future I had no problems ever getting ahold of Kirk. Any questions I had were worked on right away. The prosecution in this case was the government that consisted of two US district attorneys and an FBI agent along with several witnesses. I will admit it began to look like an unwinnable battle. During the trial getting to see kirks experience and knowledge as a lawyer was incredible. He noticed things that no one else did. Ultimately, the four counts (1 theft, 3 conveying) were returned as not guilty. I highly recommend Kirk Obear for any offense if you wish to win. He is a lawyer that you can trust and believe in, and in return he does the same for you.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2013
Exceptional
Attorney Obear and his staff were very knowledgeable with every aspect of my case and were willing to walk me through each step so I never felt as though I was going through this process alone. The service was extremely friendly and professional. Any questions I had were addressed in a timely manor. After attorney Obear's success in my case, we were able to maintain communication for any other issues that may have come up in reference to the case and for that I am grateful. I would certainly recommend attorney Obear to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2013
Thank God for Kirk!!
I was arrested for a domestic abuse allegation and was unfairly charged with a crime. I was an emotional wreck when the police took me in and I didn’t know where to turn. I had never been in any kind of trouble before. I didn’t think that I would ever need a criminal defense lawyer, but I was so glad that I met Kirk and that he was able to take my case. He stood up for me and believed in me. I was highly impressed with his professionalism, his compassion, and his hard work. The prosecutor ended up dropping the criminal charge against me and I now have a clean record thanks to Kirk. I would highly recommend Attorney Obear for anyone needs a tough advocate on your side.
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Posted by A very happy client | November 12, 2012
Saved My Life
I was facing a homicide charge and wasn’t getting anywhere with the public defender’s office. I had heard that Kirk does great work and I was fortunate to be able to have him help me in my case. After years of work on my case, Kirk was finally able to get the charge dropped and in the end, I only had a ticket that I had to pay – that’s all. I can’t express how grateful I am for Kirk’s expertise. I was looking at the possibility of 25 years in prison and because of Attorney Obear, I didn’t have to serve a single day. I would highly recommend him for anyone who needs a lawyer who will work hard and can get results.
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2012
An extremely grateful client
From the beginning I knew I was in good hands with Attorney Obear. I was scared to death when I was charged with several serious felony counts and since I had never been in trouble in my life, I didn’t know where to turn. Kirk was able to expertly analyze the evidence in my case and was able to argue that the DA wouldn’t be able to convict me on the majority of the charges I faced. He convinced the judge not to send me to jail and I didn’t have to. Kirk was great at explaining the law to me and making sure that I felt comfortable with all of the stress that I was going through. I was so scared that my life was ruined, but Kirk saved me and I will always be grateful to him.”
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Posted by Rick | January 18, 2011
Like the movies
Kirk was amazing while he used a new attorney Kirk watched everything closely And we won I was in shock Kirk restored my faith in our system
Posted by Jen | April 16, 2010
Best in county
Kirk did an absolutely excellent job in my case. I went from facing a felony to only recieving a citation. He was very professional, kept me well informed and was compassionate. I would recommend him to anyone facing any kind of major trouble. Kirk I thank you again for the amazing job you did for me and keeping my family intact.
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2009
Would recommend to anyone, anytime
Recently I had approached Kirk Obear regarding a case of mine. He was not only professional and and knowledgeable, but he was also very friendly and sincere. It was very obvious that this is a lawyer who truly cares about his clients and tries his hardest to do the very best for them. I would most definitely recommend Kirk Obear to anyone needing a lawyer that is confident, professional and gets the job done.
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Posted by jason | February 13, 2009
The best criminal defense lawyer in wisconsin
I hired kirk just recently to handle a 4th dui charge for me and he was able to get the whole case dismissed if you want the best chance to win your case hire Kirk Obear today a lawyer you can trust that is on your side.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Kirk Obear Attorney at Law
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate, Partner
  • Melowski, Obear & Cohen
  • 1999 - 2008
  • Judge Advocate General- Area Defense Counsel
  • USAF
  • 1994 - 1999

Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Mount Olive College
  • 1990

Associations

  • National College for DUI Defense NCDD
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)
  • Legislative Director
  • 2008 - Present
  • International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Legal Committee
  • Legal Committee
  • 2000 - Present
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Council of Affiliates
  • Life Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 1999 - Present
  • Sheboygan County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)
  • President
  • 2006 - 2008
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Awards

  • Named Superlawyer in Criminal Defense
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Wisconsin SuperLawyer(R)
  • Law & Politics/Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2009
  • Milwaukee Best in Business
  • Forbes Magazine
  • 2008
  • Wisconsin SuperLawyer(R)
  • Law & Politics/Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2008
  • Wisconsin SuperLawyer(R)
  • Law & Politics/Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2007
  • Air Force Meritorious Service Award
  • USAF
  • 1999
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • USAF
  • 1997
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Publications

  • National Editorial Board- Forecite Legal Publications, Inc.
  • Contribution Editor- Jury Instructions
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar
  • Defending a Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Case
  • 2009
  • Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar
  • Converting the Analyst From Enemy to Ally
  • 2008
  • WACDL Ethics Seminar
  • Aggressive and Ethical Advocacy
  • 2007
  • Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar
  • Jury Instructions, Testimony and Closing Argument
  • 2007
  • WACDL Mega-Seminar
  • Defending an Internet Sex Sting Case
  • 2006
  • Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar
  • The Fourth Amendment in Drunk Driving Cases
  • 2006
  • 12th Annual Traffic & Impaired Driving Law Seminar
  • Defense Issues in OWI Litigation
  • 2006
  • International Society for Chemical Testing
  • Defense Perspective on Chemical Testing
  • 2005
  • 10th Annual Traffic & Impaired Driving Law Seminar
  • Defense Perspective on Law Enforcement
  • 2004
  • WACDL OWI Seminar
  • Blood Testing Evidence in OWI Cases
  • 2003
  • WACDL Ethics Seminar
  • Prosecutorial Misconduct
  • 2003
  • Federal Defender Services Seminar
  • Due Process Provisions of the Bail Reform Act
  • 2003
  • 9th Annual Traffic & Impaired Driving Law Seminar
  • Current Developments in OWI Defense
  • 2003
  • WACDL OWI Seminar
  • Cross Examining the Blood Analyst
  • 2002
  • 8th Annual Traffic & Impaired Driving Law Seminar
  • Trial Issues in Drunk Driving Cases
  • 2002
  • WACDL OWI Seminar
  • Cross Examination of State's Expert in Blood Test Case
  • 2001
  • Annual Meeting, National Legal Committee
  • War on Drugs: Defending a Urinalysis Case
  • 2001
  • NACDL- La Jolla, California
  • Military Discharge Upgrades and Correction of Records
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kirk's reputation as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in our state is well deserved. The results speak for themselves."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Obear is a great jurist."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.He is an innovative and strong advocate. You can't go wrong by having him on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kirk is extremely bright and a great lawyer. He is a zealous advocate for his clients. He gets great results in very difficult cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an unwavering advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kirk Obear has a deserved reputation as one of Wisconsin's finest attorneys. I have sought his advice and I would not hesitate to refer a family member or loved one to him. If you are in trouble, Kirk Obear has the knowledge, skill, experience and compassion to provide you with the very best representation. This is an easy endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Having worked with Kirk for nearly ten years, I can say without hesitation that he is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Wisconsin. Highly skilled and equally dedicated, he has consistently achieved exceptional results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kirk embodies all of the necessary traits of a skilled advocate - intelligence, thoroughness, and passion. I would trust him to represent myself or my family."
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Sheboygan Criminal defense Lawyer Kirk Bowden Obear
Kirk Bowden Obear
Criminal defense Attorney
Sheboygan, WI
Licensed for 28 years
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