OWI License Suspension
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An operating while intoxicated (OWI) charge involves being arrested on suspicion of being under the influence
of alcohol. If police officers test your blood or urine, and it shows
you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) above the legal limit, your license
will automatically be suspended unless you take action to prevent this
During the processing of your arrest, an officer will notify the Wisconsin
Department of Transportation (DOT) that you are suspected of an OWI. If
a request for an administrative hearing is not filed within 10 days of
your arrest, or from the date the results of your BAC are provided, the
DOT will automatically suspend your license for 6 months.
Therefore, it is important to file a request for a review hearing as quickly
as possible after your arrest. By making an early request for an administrative
review hearing, you can prevent an automatic suspension of your license.
At the hearing, your criminal defense lawyer can challenge whether the
arresting officer had reasonable suspicion to pull you over and make the
arrest. Likewise, he or she can determine whether procedures were followed
correctly, including the test used to determine your BAC at the time of
Some individuals might be eligible to apply for an occupational license,
which allows you to operate a vehicle for up to 12 hours a day and 60
hours per week. However, you are limited to driving to and from your workplace,
your religious place of worship, or anywhere required by your authorized
Your eligibility for this license will depend on why your license has been
suspended or revoked. If it’s because of an OWI conviction, you
will have to wait a period of time before you are eligible. The length
of the delay will depend on whether or not you have any prior convictions
and whether or not the OWI conviction also had a refusal associated with it.
Commercial Driver’s Licenses
Consequences of a suspension and an OWI are more severe for those with
commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) than those with standard licenses.
If you are convicted of a single OWI-related crime, or even if your license
is administratively suspended because of a suspicion of an OWI, you will
lose your CDL for a year. If you are convicted of 2 OWI-related crimes,
you will be permanently disqualified from getting a CDL. This can be a
particularly severe punishment if you rely on a CDL to make a living.
Call Our Experienced Lawyer Today
Losing your license can result in a slew of serious consequences, some
of which can lead to the loss of a job. If you’re facing a license
suspension, call our skilled Milwaukee criminal defense attorney as soon
as possible. Our founding attorney, Christopher J. Cherella, has been
practicing for more than 20 years, providing excellent legal advocacy
to many people who are facing many kinds of criminal charges. As an attorney,
he does his best to keep his client base reasonably small, so he can provide
personalized attention to each and every person that he helps. Let us
see what we can do for you.
Contact us at (414) 882-8382 or fill out our online form to schedule a case consultation today.