If you have been arrested and charged with drunk driving, you are probably concerned about the potential penalties you might face if convicted. Unfortunately, Wisconsin prosecutors are pretty strict when it comes to DUI offenses. They may seek to put you behind bars, slap you with a fine, and strip away your license, at least temporarily. Before accepting any plea bargains that may be offered, you should be sure you know what you're getting into and how you can try to either get a better deal or beat the charges all together.
This week, let's look at license suspension and revocation. Under Wisconsin law, your license cannot be reinstated until the full term of the suspension has been served. After that time period has passed, you will have to pay an additional fee to have your license reinstated. When it comes to license revocation, you again must serve out the entire length of the revocation. One that time has passed, then you will have to pay a reinstatement fee and maybe even be subject to testing regarding your driving abilities.
Even after you get your license back, your privileges may be restricted. For example, you may only be allowed to drive if you have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle. This, and other restrictions, may have a serious impact on your ability to get to work or school.
With this in mind, you should carefully consider your legal defense options. By preparing yourself and knowing how the law applies to your circumstances, you may be able to avoid the harshest penalties, or maybe even all penalties. You can learn more by speaking with a criminal defense attorney.
Source: Wisconsin Legislature, "Section 343.38," accessed on July 31, 2016