With your fourth DUI comes a much lower legal limit: .02 compared to .08. Not only does this lower alcohol level raise the stakes significantly, it also makes the prosecutor's case much easier to prove. Needless to say, you do not want to be represented by an attorney without a proven track record of success in these difficult cases. A conviction from a fourth DUI results in 60 days to one year in jail (which you must begin immediately upon conviction), the strong possibility of a three-year license revocation, mandatory ignition interlock device and up to $2,000 in fines, plus hefty court fees. The prohibited alcohol concentration is factored in to the fines as follows:
- Fines double at .17 - .199 (up to $4,000)
- Fines triple at .20 - .249 (up to $6,000)
- Fines quadruple at .25 and above (up to $8,000)
In addition, a fourth DUI within five years of the third DUI conviction becomes a felony, with a potential prison sentence. With so much at stake, you need an attorney with results that are tangible. Intangibles related to experience, board membership and "hand-holding" do not match our track record of real results.
Milwaukee Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys
When selecting an attorney following an arrest for a fourth DUI, develop your own FAQ (frequently asked questions). Ask him or her the following:
- How many cases have you won?
- When was the last case you won?
- How many DUI victories have occurred in court?
- When was your last trial?
"Handling" cases is not equal to securing acquittals in court. Appearances in court are not trials. Success is not about years of experience, Breathalyzer certification or memberships on various boards.
From 2005 to 2011, Dennis Melowski has been recognized as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine for DUI defense, the only 10-time recipient in his field. He is well aware of the serious consequences his clients face.