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Operating after revocation in wisconsin/milwaukee

Milwaukee OAR defense lawyer

In Wisconsin, operating a motor vehicle while your driver’s license is revoked can lead to serious legal repercussions. It is crucial to comprehend the laws, potential penalties, and available legal options if you find yourself facing such charges.

According to Wisconsin law, operating while revoked refers to driving a motor vehicle on public roads when your license is revoked due to a previous offense, such as a DUI (Driving Under the Influence), OWI (Operating While Intoxicated), or other serious traffic violations. You might see something on your traffic ticket referring to “343.44(1)(b) operating while revoked (rev due to alc/contr subst/refusal)”.

If the reason for being revoked is not an OWI-related conviction, there could be a forfeiture (fine or penalty) of up to $2,500. To understand more about your situation please download the pdf below that references potential statutes related:

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

OAR_Wisconsin (pdf)

Possible consequences for operating while revoked

If convicted of operating a vehicle while your license is revoked or suspended, you could face several punishments, including:

  • A $2,500 fine
  • Up to one year in jail
  • Court costs
  • An additional six months of license revocation

Driving without a license (1st revocation due to OWI/PAC)

OWI (Operating while intoxicated) and PAC (Prohibited Alcohol Concentration) are sometimes tricky. Usually, when you’re pulled over, the officer doesn’t tell you that you’re in for a serious charge. They might just hand you a ticket, like they would for speeding, and let someone with a valid license take over driving. But that ticket means you’ve got to go to court.

Now, here’s the tricky part. You show up at court, thinking you’ll just talk about reducing the points on your ticket with the prosecutor, but surprise! You’re suddenly treated like you’re in some criminal case. And if you don’t show up, things can get worse – they might issue a warrant for your arrest, and the legal stuff starts all over again the next time you face the judge.

What happens if you fail to appear in court?

If your case is a criminal case and you fail to appear at the initial court appearance, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.  Make sure to contact a specialized traffic attorney that understands wisconsins point demerit system well.

Operating after revocation vs. operating after suspension

Operating after Revocation (OAR):

  1. Definition: Operating a motor vehicle after your driver’s license has been revoked due to a serious offense such as a DUI (Driving Under the Influence), OWI (Operating While Intoxicated), or another severe traffic violation.
  2. Severity: OAR is considered a more serious offense compared to OAS, as it typically involves driving with a revoked license due to significant violations or criminal activities.
  3. Legal Ramifications: Penalties for OAR can include substantial fines, potential imprisonment, an extended period of revocation, vehicle impoundment, and the requirement of installing an ignition interlock device.

Operating after Suspension (OAS):

  1. Definition: Operating a motor vehicle after your driver’s license has been suspended due to various reasons, such as failure to pay fines, accumulating too many points on your driving record, or other non-criminal violations.
  2. Severity: OAS is generally considered a less severe offense compared to OAR, as it often involves administrative penalties and typically does not involve serious criminal behavior.
  3. Legal Ramifications: Penalties for OAS can include fines, the extension of the suspension period, and potential points added to your driving record, which could impact your insurance rates.
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