Matthew Murray

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Sheboygan, WI

Melowski & Associates LLC
 | 524 South Pier Drive, Sheboygan, WI 53081
Phone: 920-208-3800
Fax: 920-395-2443
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
Attorney Profile

Matthew Murray is passionate about defending the rights of people accused of drunk driving. At Wisconsin law firm Melowski & Associates LLC, Mr. Murray has developed a reputation as a thorough, aggressive and reliable advocate for clients needing strong representation. Mr. Murray is the only attorney in his firm to be certified in field sobriety test training through curriculum approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This distinction gives him an edge in court, allowing him to build strong, educated cases that routinely achieve positive results. He accepts clients in Sheboygan and throughout Wisconsin.

Mr. Murray understands that the legal process is often frightening and confusing for clients and their families, and knows that many of them face overly harsh penalties. With his experience and dedication, he has been able to obtain reduced sentences and even case dismissals for many clients.

After graduating in 2004 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he majored in political science, Mr. Murray earned his Juris Doctor in 2008 from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. While in law school, he had the opportunity to complete internships with various circuit court judges and was given the chance to serve as lead prosecutor for several DUI cases. He also received awards for educational achievements, including the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for earning the highest grade in his class, a 4.0, in his legal writing.

Mr. Murray is an active member of various professional associations, including the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National College for DUI Defense. He also regularly teaches Wisconsin attorneys at Wisconsin's Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar and the Wisconsin State Bar's Build Your Practice Series "Handling OWI Cases in Wisconsin."

 
Practice Areas
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Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (100%): DUI/DWI

Focus Areas

DUI/DWI

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top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Rising Stars: 2013 - 2019

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About Matthew Murray

Admitted: 2008, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: http://www.melowskilaw.com/Attorneys/Matthew-Murray.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • CALI Award (Highest Grade in Class) for Legal Writing, 2006
  • Excellence For The Future Award, Excellent Achievement, Study of Applied Legal Theory & Analysis, 2006

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2012
  • Certified, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presented at the State Bar of Wisconsin Build Your Practice Series: Drunk Driving Defense, Presenter, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2018
  • Presented at the 2017 Wisconsin Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar on Attacking Prior Convictions in OWI Cases, 2017
  • Presented at the 2016 Wisconsin Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar on Commercial Driver's License Issues, 2016
  • Presented at the 2015 Wisconsin Annual Drunk Driving Seminar on Refusals of Chemical Tests, 2015
  • Lectured at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College on DUI defense, Speaker, 2012

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • No Conviction Where Client Was Alleged To Have Resisted Arrest Causing An Officer To Suffer A Dislocated Hip, Fractured Femur, And A Torn LabrumIt is rare that our firm handles a case that is not drunk driving in nature. Occasionally, however, a former client or friend of the firm may have a friend or family member who could use our help in some other type of criminal case. This is how we came to represent ES, who was alleged to have struggled with three officers trying to arrest him for failing to submit to a preliminary breath test after he was suspected of underage drinking. During the struggle, one of the officers suffered serious injuries, including a dislocated hip, a fractured femur, and a torn labrum. The District Attorney’s Office charged ES with the crime of resisting an officer and took a very hard-line approach to the case, as they do whenever an officer is injured like this.   Attorney Matt Murray knew the District Attorney’s Office would be looking for a significant jail sentence, probation, and restitution. The insurance company that paid for the officer’s disability compensation and medical expenses was seeking $25,201.00 in restitution and could potentially sue ES in civil court for even more.   Matt knew full well that if there was restitution being requested that the District Attorney’s Office would do whatever it could to get a conviction so probation could be imposed. Probation would permit an agent to monitor ES and make sure he paid back the restitution to the insurance company.  But Matt negotiated a remarkable settlement with the insurance company for less than a fifth of what was requested, saving ES and his family more than $20,000.00 in the process.   With the restitution skillfully taken care of,  Matt next set his sights on the criminal case itself. He negotiated extensively with the prosecutor and was able to convince him to agree that if ES participated in counseling once a month for six months that the entire case would be dismissed, a result that would have been considered nearly impossible when the case began.  After months of extreme anxiety, ES and his family could not only stop worrying that ES would have to spend a significant period of time in jail, they could also breathe a sigh of relief that ES would not become a convicted criminal. A truly fantastic result., 2013
  • OWI-3rd (with .240 Blood-Alcohol Concentration) Reduced to OWI-1st with Minimum Penalties and Avoidance of Ignition Interlock DeviceNot realizing that drunk driving cases can actually be fought and won, SE plead guilty to his second OWI years ago without the help of an attorney. When SE picked up a third offense, he knew he was going to need the help of a very skilled attorney. The stakes were just too high. SE contacted Attorney Matt Murray. Utilizing his in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of DUI defense, Matt was able to successfully attack SE's second offense OWI from years before. This was a huge victory because SE’s first offense was more than ten years ago, making it too old to count. As a result, SE's third offense suddenly became a first, with no possibility of jail time or any of the other extremely harsh consequences associated with a third offense.Due to his very high alcohol concentration of .24, however, SE was still facing a long license revocation, ignition interlock device, and a stiff fine, even though the case was now just a first offense. But Matt wasn't finished. As it turns out, the blood draw was captured on video and it showed the phlebotomist not following proper procedure. Matt then challenged whether or not the blood test could be used at trial, along with some other motions, and a deal was struck with the prosecution to have SE plead to the absolute minimums for an OWI-1st. This meant that SE not only avoided the third offense penalties, he also avoided the ignition interlock device and received the absolute minimum license revocation and fine for a first offense. Highly specialized knowledge and relentless advocacy: The cornerstones of our practice., 2013
  • OWI -1st/PAC-1st (with .172 Blood Test) Reduced to Reckless DrivingWhen GG first came to us he was devastated by his recent drunk driving arrest. He was only a few months away from graduating as an electrical lineman, a well-paying field in which GG would work on power lines throughout Wisconsin. An OWI conviction would make it so GG would never be hired in the field that he had spent years studying. The facts of GG's case initially looked very bleak. He was stopped for a burnt out headlight as he was coming back from a downtown bar area at 2:25AM. The officer observed an open beer can in the car and then claimed GG failed the field sobriety tests. A blood test came back indicating that GG’s blood-alcohol concentration was .172.  GG contacted our firm to save his career and Attorney Matt Murray was tabbed for this very important assignment. Matt got to work right away laying the groundwork for what would become a very successful defense. After thoroughly questioning the arresting officer about the field sobriety tests at GG's administrative suspension hearing, Matt carefully planted the seeds for a legal challenge to whether the officer even had grounds to administer the tests to GG in the first place. Matt filed a motion to this effect, relying on the officer's testimony at the suspension hearing. As the motion hearing approached, the prosecution filed response briefs to the motions filed by Matt. The same day, Matt sent reply briefs of his own. This process happened multiple times in the days preceding the hearing, but Matt was determined to not let the prosecutor get the upper hand. The prosecutor never did. In fact, immediately before the motion hearing, Matt was able to negotiate an outstanding result. The prosecutor agreed to drop the drunk driving charges. In exchange, GG agreed to plead no contest to  Reckless Driving, a non-alcohol-related driving ticket carrying no loss of license. GG's career was saved. Another very real result, and another very happy client., 2013
  • For a complete list of our great outcomes, see our Real ResultsTrackerhttp://melowskilaw.blogspot.com/

Educational Background:

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law School - J.D., 2008
  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Political Science, 2004
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524 South Pier Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53081

Phone: 920-208-3800

Fax: 920-395-2443

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Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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