Being convicted of an
OWI in Wisconsin not only results in serious
penalties such as jail time, fines and
license suspension, but can also cause severe harm to your reputation and personal life.
Having a permanent mark on your criminal record can make it difficult
to seek or keep employment, apply to college, get a place to live, and
take advantage of other opportunities in life.
If you have been charged with OWI, it is imperative to retain legal counsel
from a qualified criminal defense attorney. Your lawyer can evaluate the
circumstances surrounding your case and determine all of your available
legal options. Although the goal is to have your case entirely dismissed,
sometimes that is not an option.
Fortunately, it is possible to have your OWI charge reduced to a reckless
driving charge. Depending on the circumstances of your case, the prosecution
may be willing to consider a plea agreement. Plea deals can save the prosecutor
time and effort to take the case the trial. If there is a weakness in
the prosecution’s case, they may negotiate a plea deal to avoid
losing at trial.
Compared to an OWI, a reckless driving is punishable by lower penalties
for a defendant. Essentially, reckless driving means negligent driving.
For a first-time reckless driving charge (with no previous offenses),
it is considered a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $200.
Let Our Milwaukee OWI Attorney Help You Immediately
As soon as you are arrested for OWI, time is of the essence. At the
Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella, we can determine whether or not it makes to fight your charges or consider
plea negotiations. Our goal is to obtain the best outcome possible and
help you get back on the right track.
For more information,
contact us and schedule a free consultation today.