Felony OWI Defense in Wisconsin
Hire a Powerful Milwaukee OWI Lawyer
While any charge of
operating while intoxicated (OWI) is a serious matter in the state of Wisconsin, a felony OWI charge can
be particularly troubling and carry greatly increased penalties upon conviction.
In addition to severe immediate criminal consequences, a
felony conviction can greatly limit a person’s future employment opportunities
and inflict irreparable damage to their reputation. If you have been charged
with felony OWI, you need a fighter in your corner who can contest the
evidence against you and minimize your chances of conviction. You need
The Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella on your side.
Backed by more than 20 years of experience as a Milwaukee criminal defense
lawyer, our founding attorney, Christopher J. Cherella, has handled thousands
of criminal cases and can ensure your rights are protected every step
of the way during this frightening time. Having earned an Avvo Client’s
Choice Award and overwhelming
support from past clients, we have the knowledge and experience to give you the edge against the
Let a former prosecutor handle your case – call (414) 882-8382 now.
When Is an OWI a Felony in Wisconsin?
An OWI can be escalated to felony status under a variety of circumstances,
- Being charged with a fourth OWI offense with 1 or more convictions in the
past 5 years
- Being charged with a fifth or subsequent, regardless of when the last offense occurred
- Causing a collision which results in a fatality (vehicular homicide)
- Causing injury while OWI with 1 or more prior OWI offenses or chemical
- Causing great bodily harm while OWI, regardless of priors
- Being arrested with a passenger under the age of 16 in the vehicle
Depending on the circumstances, a felony OWI conviction can carry a sentence
of anywhere between 6 months and 25 years in prison, along with exorbitant
fines, a lengthy driver’s license suspension, mandatory installation
of an ignition interlock device, and mandatory participation in a drug
and alcohol treatment program. Penalties may also increase if you refuse
to submit to a
breath or blood test. Our attorneys can help you review your defense options and craft a strategy
that aims to minimize these potential consequences.
Discuss Your Case for Free Today
At the Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella, we understand the road
that lies ahead and can use our invaluable insight to maximize your chances
of securing a reduction or dismissal of your charges. Unlike other firms
that may hand your case off to a paralegal immediately upon being retained,
our Milwaukee OWI lawyer maintains a personalized involvement in your
case from start to finish – ensuring your case receives the attention
and respect that it deserves at all times. Do not leave your future up
Schedule a no-cost consultation
today to take the first step towards retaining the advocacy you need.