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OWI Penalties in Wisconsin

Facing Charges? Contact a Milwaukee OWI Attorney Today

In the state of Wisconsin, a charge of operating while intoxicated (OWI) is a serious offense that can possibly carry stiff consequences. These charges can potentially expose a person to the possibility If you should ever be accused of a drunk driving charge, it is crucial that you retain the services of a top-notch Milwaukee OWI lawyer from the Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella.

Our criminal defense attorneys have successfully defended thousands of people against various charges, and we are fully prepared to use our expertise to defend your rights in a court of law. With more than 20 years of trial-tested legal experience, our attorneys are ready to challenge the opposition’s accusations and make every effort to secure a desirable outcome on your behalf.

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What Penalties Do I Face?

A first offense OWI, while serious, is often not a criminal violation. This is considered to be a “civil forfeiture offense” rather than a criminal charge. The penalties associated with first offenses are mainly geared towards educating a driver and encouraging them to change their habits. A first time OWI can be charged as a criminal offense, however, if a passenger under the age of 16 is in the car at the time of arrest.

If convicted, penalties may include:

  • Up to a $300 fine
  • An OWI surcharge of $365
  • Driver’s license suspension up to nine months
  • An assessment of alcohol/drug use

Multiple OWI offenses, on the other hand, are treated much with much harsher punishments. All subsequent offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences that must be served upon conviction, including jail time, fines, and license suspensions. These penalties will vary depending on the circumsntances.

For a repeat OWI, penalties can include:

  • Fines up to $10,000
  • Up to six years in jail
  • License suspension up to three years
  • Mandatory ignition interlock device installation

It is also important to note that Wisconsin has an “implied consent” law in regards to breath, blood, and urine tests. By holding a driver’s license in the state, you are in essence already consenting to submit to a chemical test. Refusal to comply can bring additional, automatic license suspension. Suspension lengths are based on how many refusals you have. Certain first offenders may be eligible to apply for an occupational license that will allow them to work or school. Consulting with an attorney is the best way to determine eligibility for a provisional license.

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At the Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella, our Milwaukee OWI attorneys truly believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. We understand the gravity of your situation, and we are committed to doing everything we can to protect your freedom. With a compassionate approach to your case and a custom-tailored defense to your situation, our experienced legal professionals are ready to go the distance on your behalf.

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