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Wisconsin OWI convictions result in serious penalties

Few people in Wisconsin expect to be pulled over and placed under arrest for suspected drunk driving. As a result, they may be caught off guard. Failing to understand the potential consequences of being convicted of such charges can result in serious legal ramifications with long-term implications.

Typically, alcohol-impaired driving is termed operating while intoxicated, or OWI, in the state of Wisconsin. There is a range of penalties that people may face as a result of OWI convictions. The types of penalties can be dependent on a number of factors, including prior convictions, drivers' blood alcohol content levels and the circumstances surrounding the arrest.

First OWI offense

In general, first OWI convictions do not typically carry mandatory jail sentences. However, the penalties for a first offense can nonetheless be very serious. Under Wisconsin state law, people in these cases may be ordered to pay fines of between $150 and $300. These fines are in addition to other court costs, fees and an OWI surcharge of $365.

Beyond the fines and other expenses, people may also face driving consequences for a first time OWI conviction. This includes losing their driving privileges for anywhere between six and nine months. In cases when drivers' blood alcohol content is 0.15 or higher, they are generally required to have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles.

Second OWI offense

Depending on the circumstances, the penalties for second OWI offenses can be considerably more serious. People who are convicted of a second OWI within 10 years of their first convictions may face up to six months in jail. Furthermore, the fines are generally increased to anywhere from $150 to $1,100.

Second OWI offenses also typically result in driver's license suspensions. The terms of these suspensions can be anywhere from six to 18 months. Additionally, second offenses can result in drivers being required to have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. This is mandatory for a period of one year to 18 months for those who are convicted of a second OWI within 10 years of the first.

Third OWI offense

A third OWI offense tends to result in increased fines and penalties. People in these cases may be required to pay fines that range from $600 up to $2,000 under Wisconsin state law. Furthermore, a third conviction generally results in a driver's license suspension of between two and three years. Following a third OWI conviction, drivers are required to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles for a period of one to three years after regaining their driving privileges.

Additionally, convictions in these cases generally result in mandatory jail time. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, a third offense typically carries a jail sentence of between 45 days and one year.

Subsequent OWI offenses

After three prior OWI convictions, the penalties are significantly enhanced. For these people, the legal blood alcohol content limit drops from .08 to .02. They are typically required to pay increased fines, and are subject to driver's license suspensions. Once those privileges are restored, the installation of ignition interlock devices is mandatory.

Depending on the circumstances, subsequent OWI offenses may be considered felonies. Therefore, they may be subject to lengthier prison sentences of anywhere from six months to 12.5 years.

Obtain legal representation

Being accused of OWI in Wisconsin can be a serious offense, with lasting implications. As such, it may be of benefit for people who are facing such charges to seek legal counsel and representation. Working with an attorney may help them to understand their options, and ensure their rights are upheld.

Contact the lawyers at Melowski & Singh, in Sheboygan, to schedule an appointment by calling 920-294-1414.

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  • CDL Client's Career is Saved Charge Reduced
  • Second OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI With .14 Blood Test Result Not Guilty
  • First OWI With .11 Blood Test Result Not Guilty
  • Fourth OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • OWI Hit & Run Charge Reduced
  • Third OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • OWI Reduced to Reckless Driving Charge Reduced
  • First OWI With .12 Blood Test Result Not Guilty
  • Second OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • BAC First Offense Amended to Reckless Driving Case Amended
  • First OWI With .13 Blood Test Result Charge Reduced
  • Possession of THC Case Charges Dismissed
  • Fourth OWI Offense Charges Reduced
  • OWI Prescription Drugs First Offense Charge Reduced
  • 1st OWI, Unlawfully Refusing a Chemical Test & Speeding OWI Reduced to Reckless Driving
  • First OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • OWI - Homicide (Second Offense) Charge Reduced
  • Third OWI With .217 Blood Test Result Charge Reduced
  • OWI Could Damage Career Goals Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Chemical Test Refusal Charge Reduced
  • First OWI With .09 Blood Test Result Case Dismissed
  • Medical Client First OWI Charge Reduced
  • Second OWI Chemical Test Refusal Charge Reduced
  • Fifth OWI Offense Case Dismissed
  • First OWI With .12 Blood Test Result Charge Reduced
  • First OWI With .12 Blood Test Result Case Dismissed
  • First OWI Offense Charges Amended
  • First OWI With .15 Breath Test Result Charge Reduced
  • Second OWI Offense Not Guilty
  • First Drug OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Offense Case Dismissed
  • First OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Chemical Test Refusal Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • CDL Client Refuses Chemical Test Charge Reduced
  • Truck Lands in Ditch First OWI Offense Charges Reduced
  • Third OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • CDL Client With First OWI Not Guilty
  • First OWI With .11 Blood Test Result Charge Reduced
  • First OWI With .138 Blood Test Result Charge Reduced
  • Dismissal of all Charges
  • Not Guilty Verdicts for OWI-1st Client

    Complete Acquittal for Client Charged with OWI-1st/PAC-1st

  • First OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI With .158 Blood Test Result Charge Reduced
  • After Two Years There's a Verdict Charges Reduced
  • First OWI With .164 Blood Test Result Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Offense Charges Amended
  • First OWI With .11 Blood Test Result Charges Reduced
  • Complete Dismissal of Third OWI Case Dismissed
  • Multi-Count Felony Case Dismissed
  • OWI-2nd/PAC-2nd With .232 Blood Test Not Guilty
  • CDL Client with First OWI Charges Reduced
  • First OWI Chemical Test Refusal Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI With .10 Breath Test Result Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Offense Charges Reduced
  • First OWI With .125 Blood Test Result Charge Reduced
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