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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 prosecution’s claims.

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When Is an OWI a Felony in Wisconsin?

An OWI can be escalated to felony status under a variety of circumstances, including:

  1. Being charged with a fourth OWI offense with 1 or more convictions in the past 5 years
  2. Being charged with a fifth or subsequent, regardless of when the last offense occurred
  3. Causing a collision which results in a fatality (vehicular homicide)
  4. Causing injury while OWI with 1 or more prior OWI offenses or chemical test refusals
  5. Causing great bodily harm while OWI, regardless of priors
  6. 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.

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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 to chance. Schedule a no-cost consultation today to take the first step towards retaining the advocacy you need.

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