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Michael M. Hayes

DUI and DWI Attorney at Milwaukee, WI

5.0   63 reviews

Licensed for 41 years

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Defending drunk driving, traffic tickets and criminal cases. Providing quality representation for over 30 years for those injured in auto accidents. Michael Hayes has the highest possible rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability as reported by other attorneys to LexisNexis.

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Licensed for 41 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1981
Updated 09/07/2022

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Michael M. Hayes

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Posted by LILLY | August 13, 2018
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SUPERB LAWYER
Worked with Michael Hayes on three different occasions within the last two years. Two dealing with driver's license issues resulting from a DUI and another on a criminal case. All three times Mr. Hayes has worked hard, been honest and communicated with us through the entire process. The outcomes that we received were better than we ever expected. I will recommend him to any and everyone and will use him again if the situation arises.
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2018
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Awesome Attorney
When I found myself in a tough spot with an arrest for second offense OWI including causing an accident without liability insurance, I contacted Michael M. Hayes who with great patience guided me through the process. Shortly after the arrest, I realized I needed to file for divorce. Mr Hayes helped me plan everything. I am very pleased with how all my problems were resolved. I am very very grateful to Mr.Hayes for his expert guidance.
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Posted by Chloe | November 15, 2022
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Milwaukee's Best!
Attorney Michael Hayes has represented me multiple times, and I cannot speak highly enough of him. He is a truly fantastic lawyer whose unrivaled experience and persistent work will certainly deliver the best possible outcome for his clients. Recently, he represented me on an OWI case in a tough county where the prosecutor was also going to charge me with a misdemeanor for obstruction. As my first criminal offense, I was terrified. Michael Hayes worked diligently and reduced the misdemeanor charge to an ordinance violation without going to trial. Thanks to him, a tough situation was resolved painlessly. But beyond just delivering great outcomes, he is down-to-earth, friendly, and a great communicator. If you want to be represented by Milwaukee's best, you have to choose Attorney Michael Hayes!!!
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Posted by Ashley | September 2, 2022
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Grateful for Attorney Hayes!!
I cannot thank Attorney Hayes enough! I retained Mr. Hayes for an OWI charge (along with other related charges) because I did not know what to do or what to expect. Handling a situation like this is very serious and I knew I needed help. Attorney Hayes was awesome and advised me of the entire process and possibilities. As it turns out a conviction for a refusal is even worse than the OWI charge. When I met with Mr. Hayes, he advised me that there was a strong probability that he could have the refusal dismissed. We had a hearing in September 2022. Mr. Hayes presented a motion and the judge dismissed the refusal! This eliminated a one year revocation, the SR22 requirement (which is a high risk insurance - very costly) for 3 years and the 30 day wait for my occupational license. Attorney Hayes did a great job and I would highly recommend him for an OWI situation!
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Posted by Luke | June 14, 2022
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Dui/owi
Attorney Michael Hayes recently obtained a complete dismissal of an operating under the influence 3rd offense charge in Milwaukee County Circuit Court for a violation that occurred in October 2021. He filed a motion challenging the right of the West Allis police department to arrest me. He and his assistant Sarah Wheatley prepared a great motion supported by audio/video evidence showing that two officers illegally entered my residence and subsequently arrested me for drunk driving. The charge of refusing to submit to a blood draw was also dismissed. No conviction will appear on my driving record, I won’t serve any jail time, I won’t have my license suspended or revoked, I won’t be under the Ignition Interlock requirement and I won’t have to pay a fine. He's a really good lawyer. He's great on communication. He's always available to talk to me and my father. He accurately predicted what would occur. I highly recommend Attorney Mike Hayes. I think he is the best DUI Milwaukee lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2022
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Amazing Lawyer!
Thank you Michael Hayes! 1st DUI offense causing me to hit a parked car and an apartment building. I unfortunately left the scene of the accident because of my PTSD. I was a few blocks away when the police arrested me. I blew a .16 and thought for sure I would need to install an ignition interlock device which would have been very costly. Michael was very knowledgeable and understanding. He was able to avoid the interlock device for me and also had one of the tickets dismissed. I'm very grateful to have found such and outstanding lawyer.
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Posted by Ron | February 24, 2022
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Excellent DUI attorney for truckers
He saved my CDL and kept me out of prison after my January 2021 arrest for fifth offense OWI. I have my LIFE BACK! He successfully defended traffic charges against me, which has been crucial for me as an over-the-road truck driver. He came to the jail within 24 hours after my OWI arrest and told me he would fight like h___ to keep me out of prison and on the road. I was out of jail within a few days and after that I never missed a day of driving. Mike and his team worked hard to assemble evidence needed for our professional engineer to establish that I was on private property - not operating on a road open to the public. He then filed a motion. Case dismissed. He’s my guy. Always. Still truckin’, Ron”
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Posted by Jennifer | October 6, 2021
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Saved my life..
Thank you to Attorney Michael Hayes for getting my 7th offense OWI dismissed in September 2021. In 2017 I was arrested for operating under the influence of my prescription medication. The state troopers looked at my prior convictions but not at the roadside situation & facts. Mr. Hayes proved to the Judge and DA that I was in fact not impaired. Now that this looming cloud of dread has been lifted, I can finally live my life and move forward. My gratitude to Attorney Michael Hayes is enormous, words can’t fully express. Mr. Hayes and I put in years of hard work challenging every, I mean every, aspect of the seventh offense OWI case against me. His cross examination of the trooper who stopped and arrested me was in fact like you see in the movies as he broke down every, not just one, but every statement the arresting officer made and proved it all to be false. Attorney Hayes uncovered and then highlighted every fact that supported my innocence, and from the start of the case he firmly believed in my innocence. He kept telling me that if we can show the Judge the unfairness of the arrest, the Judge would rule in our favor and dismiss the case. When the Judge said the trooper didn’t have the right to arrest me, the DA moved to dismiss the OWI 7th. This was one of the happiest days of my life. I’m not sure anyone would’ve ever fully believed I was innocent if Mr. Hayes wasn’t there to prove it as it was my word against the police til he took my case.
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Posted by Pavel | August 17, 2021
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Great job done
In July 2022, Attorney Michael Hayes got a complete dismissal of my Milwaukee County Freeway Second Offense OWI charge after he successfully represented me at a motion hearing challenging the right of the deputy to stop my car. The judge ruled no probable cause, which led to complete dismissal of the criminal operating under the influence case. Great result. Great guy to work with. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Kevin | August 2, 2020
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GREAT Lawyer!!
While in Milwaukee, I received a speeding ticket. Since I was from out of town I was not familiar with how to deal with this situation. I contacted Michael, he immediately put me at ease with his knowledge and assurance that everything would be taken care of. The end result exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend Michael for all of your traffic citation issues. He is a great lawyer and person.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2020
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Michael is the best!
I was devastated when I got my 2nd OWI within 2 years. I hired a lawyer with my 1st OWI as it was a .09 and I tried to fight it. I only wish I had talked to Michael back then. He is very knowledgeable in all things OWI. He gives you all the different scenarios of outcomes and is honest and reliable. The lawyer I got with my first OWI was hardly ever reachable after I paid him. Michael ALWAYS returned my phone calls and really cared about my case. He fought to have my OWI reduced to 15 days on completion of the TAD program. He even fought for me to get the electronic monitoring as I have children and 2 jobs. When I was finally able to get electronic monitoring my county suspended it and told me I had to serve my time in jail. Michael fought to have my sentencing delayed and put in 2 motions to the court. I ended up being able to get the electronic monitoring because of that and didn't have to sit in jail at all. I am so grateful to him. If you are considering your options he is the best!
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Posted by Bill | April 23, 2020
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"There is NO substitute"
Michael Hayes on numerous occasions has been able to get the charges dropped or reduced significantly. Had I used someone else I would be paying much higher insurance premiums as well as losing points on my license resulting in me paying thousands of dollars more over a long period of time. I've had friends I've referred to him that have caused them to go from sad to very happy. Just like the Porsche commercial says "Nothing else comes close" and the other one saying "There is no substitute" definitely describes Michael Hayes. Michael Hayes is professional, brilliant, accurate and very easy to deal with. He really cares about each and every case and I feel this is why he is so effective. His fees are very reasonable and he is worth every single cent. There are other attorneys out there that could care less about you and are in it only for the money. Not only is he the best attorney that you will ever find he is extremely funny, polite and easy to talk to. I hate to think of how my lifestyle would be today had I hired another attorney.
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Posted by Ryan | April 18, 2020
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Best Lawyer In Wisconsin
While on my way from Downtown Milwaukee to my residence in Dodge county, I was stopped for deviation from the designated lane. I was given 4 tickets, including possession of THC (extremely small amount). My breath test was over .15 so I would have had to install an ignition interlock device for 1 year which would have been inconvenient and expensive. Attorney Michael Hayes was able to conclude the case with dismissal of the THC ticket and no IID order. I could not have asked for more. Based on the result, his timely communication and his expertise, I highly recommend Attorney Michael Hayes
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Posted by Kris | April 9, 2020
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Better than I hoped!
Follow his advice, there is no substitute for experience. Michael helped get me a better judgment than we thought legally possible. His dedication continued beyond the conclusion of our case, successfully filing motions to reduce my sentences and fines. The most knowledgeable and thorough attorney in OWI and related offenses.
Posted by Mikayla | January 8, 2020
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Excellent service, very knowledgable
Attorney Michael Hayes got me out of a lot of trouble after I was arrested for two OWIs within a few months in 2019. The state wanted the judge to put me in jail for 120 days. Attorney Hayes did a great job of getting the judge to only order 7 days in jail. And he negotiated so two criminal traffic charges were dismissed. I was never in trouble before, I’ll never be in trouble again, but when I was in trouble, I hired the right lawyer.
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Posted by Sabrina | September 19, 2019
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Great experience
I received two tickets on two separate occasions in July 2019, I was afraid my insurance rates would increase substantially. Attorney Hayes worked a miracle in getting one ticket completely dismissed and the other amended to an equipment violation. He did a great job in court and keeping me advised. I would absolutely work with him again and I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Lynn | August 21, 2019
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Turned my son's life around
Dear Mr. Hayes, Russ called with the wonderful news! You “again saved my son’s life”. I can’t believe that the state of Florida misinterpreted what occurred in Wisconsin all those years ago and gave my son such a hard time but you worked extremely hard last week in getting everything promptly resolved so my son is again a licensed, lawful driver. It’s been a long road. Years ago, you made him face up to his mistakes and stand up in court, you made him face me and you made him realize his bad choices. From that day on, He turned his life around. Nothing I can do can thank you enough! I’ll be 70 next year and finally have some peace of mind. You saved not only Russ, but me. Bless you, Lynn
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Posted by Mary | March 6, 2019
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BEST ATTORNEY EVER!!!
My fiance and I went to court without a lawyer after his arrest for his first OWI at 57. After court we discovered it would be almost impossible for him to get a license and he does a lot of driving for a living. We called Attorney Michael Hayes who got matters reopened and did exactly what he said he would. He also supported us with any questions, concerns we had. I can't even imagine going through this without him. He is an truly caring individual, and one heck of an attorney. I would absolutely recommend him. Best attorney ever!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2019
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30 Over Reduced to Parking Violation
I hired Michael Hayes based off the reviews I read here and he did NOT disappoint. I highly recommend using Michael to help with your traffic violation. He will get it resolved without you having to go to court. Very satisfied.
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2019
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Speeding Ticket
Michael got my 24 mph speeding ticket amended to a zero point parking violation. He was incredibly professional the whole time and charged a very reasonable fee.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Hayes & Rothstein S.C.
  • 1983 - 2019
  • President
  • Hayes & Oppitz, S.C.
  • 1981 - 1985
  • Legal Intern
  • Wisconsin Court Of Appeals
  • 1981 - 1981
  • Lead Articles Editor
  • Marquette Law School
  • 1980 - 1981
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Education

  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1977
  • University of Notre Dame
  • N/A

Associations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Attorney Member
  • 1981 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • seminar moderator and presenter
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2019 Lake County Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Illinois Residents Arrested for OWI in Wisconsin
  • 2019
  • Handling OWI Cases in Wisconsin
  • OWI cases
  • 2010
  • Handling OWI Cases in Wisconsin
  • Presenter
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (7)
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I had a client from WI. Mr. Hayes was extremely helpful in regards to how my client’s Indiana DUI conviction would affect his WI license status. I strongly endorse Michael Hayes as someone I would want representing me for any DUI/OWI charge."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow attorney with 30 years of practice I have met few lawyers rising to the quality of Michael Hayes. He is always well prepared, upfront and honest. I have referred several cases to Michael and he always achieves exceptional results for his clients. I highly recommend and fully endorse Michael as he is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community by Judges, adversary’s and fellow lawyers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A legal education at Marquette coupled with 34 years of practicing criminal law is what we refer to as experienced. Michael's knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro Bono contributions here. Clients are the best judge of an attorneys worth and their reviews are stellar. READ THEM! Endorsements from peer attorneys are also outstanding. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him ASAP if you or a loved one has been charged with a crime. If you are lucky he might just agree to represent you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael is a well prepared, aggressive, experienced and honest attorney. I have prosecuted a number of cases against Michael, including a DUI case that he was able to persuade me to dismiss. I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. As a young lawyer in a District Attorney internship I learned much from practicing across from Attorney Hayes. He is knowledgeable, well spoken, and consistently achieves exceptional results for his clients."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His reputation for tact and skill are rare in this community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michael Hayes for many decades as a colleague. In a sense, Michael Hayes may be a competitor of mine, but I am happy to endorse him. I respect a competitor and a colleague who is knowledgable, aggressive and committed to excellence in the defense of his clients. Michael has a track record of decades of outstanding success. I am happy to endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is a dedicated, aggressive and effective defense attorney who is well-regarded in our professional community. I wouldn't hesitate to refer him a friend or family member in need of excellent representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael Hayes is an aggressive and relentless advocate for his clients. His creativity and knowledge puts him at the cutting edge on legal challenges and defenses. Michael Hayes is one of the best."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Attorney Hayes for many years and I have always been impressed by the way I have seen him handle DUI cases and the results he has been able to obtain for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Hayes has been practicing law for several years. I have seen him in and out of court. He is knowledgeable, effective and cares about his clients."
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