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Wisconsin OWI defense lawyer

In Wisconsin, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated can lead to serious legal repercussions. It is crucial to comprehend the laws, potential penalties, and available legal options if you find yourself facing 1st OWI charges.

According to Wisconsin law, operating while intoxicated (OWI) refers to driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant (alcohol or drugs) which renders the driver incapable of safely driving. You might see your traffic ticket refer to violations to Wisconsin statute “346.63“.

Wisconsin PAC or Restricted Controlled Substance Lawyer

 The prohibited alcohol concentration (PAC) for first, second, and third OWI offenders for drivers over the age of 21 is 0.08, but you don’t necessarily have to blow a 0.08 to be charged. You can be charged with an OWI if the court determines that you were incapable of safely driving while under the influence of any amount of alcohol. In addition, you may be convicted of an OWI with any amount of restricted controlled substance in your blood.

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Our law firm will review any misdemeanors charged in your case, explain what those charges mean, and advise you on your best legal options. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get the best representation you need in your unique circumstances.

Please use this guide provided by wicourts.gov to help you understand the consequences you are facing and what to do next.

WI OWI Penalty Chart (pdf)

Possible consequences for Operating While Intoxicated

If convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, you could face several consequences, including:

  • $150-$300 fine
  • Driver Improvement $435 OWI surcharge
  • Revocation of your driver’s license for 6-9 months
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device (IID)  in your vehicle (if BAC exceeds 0.15%) required for 1 year
    • $1,000 installation cost
  • Required SR-22 insurance for high-risk driver status (doubling or tripling your auto insurance cost)
  • Mandatory Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment (AODA)
  • Court costs
  • Occupational driver’s license IID installation & service charges

What happens if you fail to appear in court?

Being charged with a First OWI is a civil offense. However, it is not ‘just a ticket’ because the penalties if you are convicted are severe, expensive, and permanent on your public record.  If you do not appear in court you will automatically be convicted of a default judgement of guilty on all charges. Make sure to contact a specialized traffic attorney that understands Wisconsin’s OWI offenses well.

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