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Julia Westley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Madison, WI

Grieve Law, LLC
5610 Medical Circle, Suite 34
Madison, WI 53719
Phone: 608-405-2071
Fax: 262-786-7103
Selected to Rising Stars: 2020 - 2021
Licensed in Wisconsin Since: 2015
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (50%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (50%)
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
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Attorney Profile

Julia Westley is an attorney with Grieve Law, which has law offices in Milwaukee, Brookfield, Madison and Glendale, Wisconsin. A top-ranked trial attorney and emerging leader in her field, Ms. Westley has more than five years of total legal experience, and she provides invaluable counsel and support to clients across her region who stand accused or are under investigation for any type of felony or misdemeanor offense.

As a criminal defense lawyer, Ms. Westley has achieved remarkable success advocating on behalf of her clients both inside and outside of the courtroom, and she has achieved a long record of securing acquittals, dismissals and reductions of charges for the accused. She has handled a wide range of criminal cases, ranging from relatively minor traffic violations to DUI/DWI defense to more serious crimes such as fraud, sex crimes, violent crimes and more.

Recognized for her impeccable professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Ms. Westley has earned a Top 40 Under 40 designation from the National Trial Lawyers as well as a Top 10 Under 40 ranking from the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. In addition, Attorney and Practice Magazine named her a Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney for her area, and the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys recognized her as a Premier DUI Attorney. She has also received Superb client ratings on Avvo as well as the site's Clients' Choice Award.

A 2011 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Ms. Westley attended Marquette University Law School, where she was a member of the Pro Bono Honors Society and earned a certificate in litigation. She also volunteered at the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic and completed an internship at the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. She obtained her Juris Doctor in 2015, and the State Bar of Wisconsin admitted her to practice that same year.

Ms. Westley is an active member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Young Lawyers Association and the Waukesha County Bar Association, among her other professional affiliations.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 50%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI

Selections

2 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2020 - 2021

About Julia Westley

First Admitted: 2015, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: https://www.grievelaw.com/CriminalDefenseAttorneys/JuliaCWes...

Educational Background

  • Graduation from University of Minnesota, Major in Political Science and Spanish, 2011

Honors/Awards

  • Attorney Westley had the highest grade in her class for statutory interpretation, CALI Award, CALI Award, Marquette University Law School, 2015
  • Attorney Westley was selected to be a Super Lawyer at the end of 2020 and going into 2021! This is a third-party award that looks at the best of the best!, Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2020
  • Attorney Westley is a 2020 Super Lawyers Honoree, An award through Super Lawyers is one that is well-recognized through the legal community, Rising Stars Honoree, Super Lawyers, 2020
  • Special training on the cross examination of officers and the various issues that come with not only the field sobriety tests but information police leave out of their police reports., Premier DUI Attorney, American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, 2017
  • This is reserved for attorneys under the age of 40 and attorneys are nominated by other attorneys in the community, Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyer's Association, 2018
  • This is an award for attorneys under the age of 40 who are nominated by other attorneys, Top 10 Under 40, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2017
  • This is reserved for top criminal defense attorneys, Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney, Attorney and Practice Magazine, 2018
  • This is selected for attorneys who have multiple good reviews from clients on their Avvo page, Client's Choice Award, Avvo, 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • License to practice in Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, 2015
  • Premier DUI Attorney - A select group of attorneys who are certified with extra training and skills to cross examine police officers on their investigations, 2017
  • Certified Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor, 2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State of Wisconsin Bar Association, 2020
  • Wisconsin State Bar, 2016 - 2019

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Attorney Westley acts as a scoring judge for the State of Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Competition at both regional and sectional levels, 2021
  • Nehemiah Court Observers - Attorney Westley trains court observers about the criminal justice system so that they can know what is happening when they are observing criminal court appearances, 2021
  • Volunteer at Teen's Court in Waukesha over the past two years where teens are brought into a court of their peers where other teens play the role of attorney and attorneys volunteer as judges, 2017
  • Nehemiah Court Observers Program Attorney Westley helps train Court Observation volunteers about the Criminal Justice System and how a case makes its way through the courts, 2020
  • Volunteer at Mock Trial competition in Dane County, 2020
  •  Mock Trial Volunteer - Waukesha County, 2019
  • Mock Trial Volunteer - Waukesha County and Dane County, 2018
  • Mock Trial Volunteer - Waukesha County, 2017
  • Volunteer at Teen Court of Waukesha County, 2018

Representative Clients

  • Attorney Westley was successfully able to have felony drug charges completely dismissed for a client! She filed a motion to suppress and before even getting to the motion hearing, the state conceded that the police violated her client's constitutional rights and agreed to dismiss the entire case., 2021
  • Attorney Julia Westley was able to successfully amend a Restricted Controlled Substance OWI to a reckless driving charge and was able to amend two criminal charges to one citation, all for one client! In this case, the client was driving and was legally pulled over by the police. Police were able to detect the odor of marijuana and asked the driver if they recently smoked marijuana. The driver admitted to smoking and was put through field sobriety tests. Ultimately the driver was arrested and received an Operating with Restricted Controlled Substance First and two criminal charges for being in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. In a case where someone is charged with Operating with a Restricted Controlled Substance, the question is whether there was a restricted controlled substance in the person’s blood at the time they were driving the car. A restricted controlled substance can be things like marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other illegal substances. As part of the arrest process, the client’s blood sample was taken, and the blood results came back as 1ng/mL of Delta-9, the active THC ingredient, in her system. As reference, Colorado’s legal limit is 5ng/mL. In discussions with the prosecutors on the municipal and criminal cases, Attorney Westley was able to negotiate a contingency offer that involved both cases. The criminal charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were amended to two tickets for the same charges. As long as the client plead to one of the tickets, the OWI would be amended to a reckless driving charge. In a case where the client was concerned about having a criminal history and OWI on their record, this was a great deal! The stipulation was filed with the court amending the OWI to a reckless driving citation, but the judge denied the motion to amend it on the basis that the court could not amend a citation for Operating with a Restricted Controlled Substance. Attorney Westley filed a motion asking the court to reconsider its decision based on how the law is worded. The court granted Attorney Westley’s motion for reconsideration, so the client’s Operating with a Restricted Controlled Substance was amended and the client plead to a reckless driving ticket and a ticket for possession of drug paraphernalia, 2020
  • Client was charged with an OWI offense, Attorney Westley was able to convince the prosecutor to amend to a reckless ticket with the circumstances, 2018
  • OWI amended! Client was charged with OWI 1st offense and through negotiations, Attorney Westley was able to convince the prosecutor that based on police errors, judgments, and comments, that they would not be able to prove the case at trial. Ahead of even having to have a motion hearing, she convinced the prosecutor to amend the OWI to a reckless driving ticket, 2019
  • Case dismissal! Attorney Julia Westley was able to get a dismissal of all charges for her client who was charged with felony and misdemeanor drug possession charges! The client overdosed and the police came to resuscitate them. The police found cocaine and other felony-level narcotic drugs on the client and he was ultimately charged. Thanks to 2017 Wisconsin Act 33, the prosecution had to provide her client the opportunity to get enrolled in AODA treatment in exchange for the dismissal of all charges. Under this Act, when someone suffers from an overdose of a controlled substance and is subject to criminal prosecution due to possession of those controlled substances, the law requires they be given “immunity,” which in these cases is the opportunity to participate in treatment in exchange for a deferred prosecution program to hopefully dismiss the charges. Attorney Westley was able to negotiate a deal that allowed her client to participate in treatment in exchange for complete dismissal of charges. The client was able to successfully show their progress and the charges were dismissed, 2020
  • Client was charged with OWI offense, Attorney Westley was able to point out officer inconsistencies and got it amended to a traffic citation, 2018
  • Client was charged an OWI offense, Attorney Westley won a motion hearing suppressing all blood test results, 2018
  • Client was charged with felony prostitution charges, Attorney Westley got it reduced to a disorderly conduct forfeiture, 2018
  • Client was charged with domestic violence charges, Attorney Westley got it amended to forfeitures, 2019

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Felony drug case dismissed! Attorney Westley filed a motion to suppress based on a series of constitutional violations of her client. Some of the violations included an illegal search, an illegal seizure, and a violation of her client's Miranda rights! Once the motion was filed, the State conceded even before the motion hearing took place, 2021
  • Case dismissal! Client charged with OWI 6th offense, and Attorney Westley successfully argued that the warrantless blood sample was taken illegally. With the suppression of the blood test results (and having had this confirmed by the Court of Appeals), the charges were dismissed, 2020
  • Client was charged with criminal possession of THC and paraphernalia and also charged with a Restricted Controlled Substance OWI. The criminal charges were amended to tickets and the client was able to plead to a ticket for possession of drug paraphernalia. The judge in the OWI denied an amendment to reckless driving, but Attorney Westley filed a motion to reconsider and was able to get the judge to change their mind and allow the amendment to the reckless ticket, 2020
  • Case dismissal! Attorney Julia Westley was able to get a dismissal of all charges for her client who was charged with felony and misdemeanor drug possession charges! The client overdosed and the police came to resuscitate them. The police found cocaine and other felony-level narcotic drugs on the client and he was ultimately charged. Thanks to 2017 Wisconsin Act 33, the prosecution had to provide her client the opportunity to get enrolled in AODA treatment in exchange for the dismissal of all charges. Under this Act, when someone suffers from an overdose of a controlled substance and is subject to criminal prosecution due to possession of those controlled substances, the law requires they be given “immunity,” which in these cases is the opportunity to participate in treatment in exchange for a deferred prosecution program to hopefully dismiss the charges. Attorney Westley was able to negotiate a deal that allowed her client to participate in treatment in exchange for complete dismissal of charges. The client was able to successfully show their progress and the charges were dismissed, 2020
  • OWI reduced to a Failure to Obey Signal ticket after the review of police reports and video showed inconsistencies in the officer's story, 2018
  • Client was charged with OWI 1st offense and based off errors made by police and how the field sobriety tests were conducted, Attorney Westley was able to convince the prosecutor to amend the charges to a reckless driving ticket, 2019
  • Client was charged with solicitation of a prostitute, a felony under Wisconsin Law. Attorney Westley first filed a motion to dismiss and successfully convinced the prosecution it needed to amend the charges to misdemeanor prostitution. Following negotiations in the case, the charges were amended to a disorderly conduct ticket, 2018
  • CCW case dismissed - Attorney Westley filed a motion to suppress based on the fact that the statements the defendant made without his Miranda rights. The judge ruled that his statements should be thrown out and therefore the state dismissed the case, 2017
  • Heroin possession case dismissed after Attorney Westley filed a motion to suppressed based on a bad stop. The judge agreed, so all evidence following the stop was suppressed and the state could no longer prove its case, 2017
  • Drug possession and delivery dismissed after a Motion to Dismiss was filed and the prosecutor recognized that the case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, 2018
  • OWI Case Dismissed - Attorney Westley filed a motion to suppressed based on a bad stop by police. Attorney Westley argued that police did not have reasonable suspicion to stop the driver and therefore any evidence following that was suppressed, 2017
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Office Location for Julia Westley

5610 Medical Circle
Suite 34
Madison, WI 53719

Phone: 608-405-2071

Fax: 262-786-7103

Last Updated: 6/11/2021

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