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Can I Get a Wisconsin OWI Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving?

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.

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