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Will I Go To Jail for My First DUI?

Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s especially stressful when your mistake puts you at risk of jail time. If it’s your first time being arrested for DUI, what are the chances of going to jail? Let’s discuss.

Potential Penalties for First DUI Offense in Wisconsin

A standard, first-time DUI is a misdemeanor offense punishable by:

  • Driver’s license suspension
  • A fine of up to $300
  • An OWI surcharge fee
  • Mandatory ignition interlock device use

Jail time is not a potential penalty for most first-time DUI offenses. However, if the DUI resulted in an accident causing someone to be injured or killed, the driver may face jail time.

Is It Worth Working With An Attorney If There Is No Risk of Jail Time?

Absolutely. Just because a first-offense DUI likely won’t result in jail time doesn’t mean that you want the conviction on your record. Additionally, the other penalties can lead to great inconveniences, like being unable to travel in your car. Working with an attorney is your best chance of getting your case reduced or dismissed.

What Could My DUI Be Reduced To?

In many cases, our team at Melowski & Singh, LLC has helped clients get their cases reduced to reckless driving. This is a much less serious charge and can help you avoid some DUI-specific penalties.

We have also helped numerous clients get their cases dismissed by:

  • Challenging the validity of the initial stop
  • Proving the police did not follow protocol during the stop
  • Arguing improper administration of sobriety tests
  • Creating reasonable doubt based on the evidence

Sheboygan OWI and DUI Defense

You should always work with an attorney when facing DUI charges. Contact our team at Melowski & Singh, LLC today to go over your case details with our experienced DUI defense attorneys. Our practice is dedicated to DUI defense, giving us an unparalleled knowledge of how to best protect our clients in these cases. We want to protect you too.