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John C. Orth – Attorney

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Attorney John C. Orth – Criminal and Traffic Defense

Attorney John C. Orth joined Mays Law Office in 2004 and practices criminal and traffic defense throughout the State of Wisconsin. Prior to joining the firm, Attorney Orth served as an intern to Justice David T. Prosser of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison for both undergraduate and law studies, earning a B.B.A. in finance and a J.D. and was admitted to practice before Wisconsin State courts in 2003 and the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin in 2005.

During his tenure interning at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Attorney Orth had the opportunity to concentrate on cases before the Court in specific areas of criminal and traffic law, particularly related to 4th Amendment search and seizure issues as well as intoxicated driving law. In doing so, he developed both an insight into the workings of Wisconsin appellate courts and an intimate knowledge of several noteworthy cases of recurring significance which has proven invaluable in private practice.

Since embarking on his career in private practice, Attorney Orth has enjoyed great successes in providing outstanding defense to clients, with an emphasis on aggressive and resourceful motion practice, thorough cross-examination, and tough and determined negotiation. His courtroom achievements include victories at the municipal court, circuit court, and appellate court levels. In addition to numerous outright not guilty verdicts in drunk driving cases, other courtroom victories include:

  • Exclusion of drug evidence based on an unlawful pat-down search leading to dismissal of charges.
  • Exclusion of drug evidence based on unlawful detention of a motorist leading to dismissal of charges.
  • Exclusion of blood and breath alcohol tests in several drunk driving cases due to the failure of law enforcement officers to follow the requirements of Wisconsin Implied Consent Law leading to dismissal of charges.
  • Exclusion of all evidence in several drunk driving cases due to insufficient grounds for traffic stops leading to dismissal of charges.
  • Dismissal of both criminal and civil drunk driving charges due to the failure of law enforcement officers and prosecutors to preserve evidence.
  • Dismissal of felony drunk driving charges at the preliminary hearing stage by preventing the admission of blood alcohol test results.
  • Voiding prior drunk driving convictions resulting in the reduction of felony drunk driving charges to misdemeanor charges, and misdemeanor drunk driving charges to civil traffic charges.

In addition to his courtroom wins, and as a result of his familiarity with and reputation among prosecutors across the State of Wisconsin, Attorney Orth has had compiled an impressive track record of negotiating the reduction or dismissal of countless drunk driving and other charges.

He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Dane County Criminal Defense Association.


Practicing Criminal & Traffic Defense attorney with Mays Law Office. Orth has enjoyed great successes in providing outstanding defense to clients.  If you have been charged with a traffic violation or criminal conduct, call Mays Law Office – Toll-free: (866) 257-0440  Attorney John C. Orth today for a free case review.