OWI Attorney in Milwaukee
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Getting charged with a drunk-driving offense in Wisconsin can be an intimidating, stressful experience. The potential consequences if you’re convicted are substantial. You could face fines, jail time and license suspension — at a minimum. You could also put your future employment and housing opportunities at risk.
If you have been charged with OWI, it’s important to have a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side as soon as possible. Schiro Criminal Defense is ready to provide the legal counsel and aggressive advocacy you’ll need every step of the way.
In the case of emergencies, Attorney John Schiro is available by phone 24/7. Your case — and your best interests — will always be our top priority.
OWI Laws in Wisconsin
In Wisconsin, a driver is considered under the influence of an intoxicant when they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. However, if you have a BAC that is lower than this threshold, a police officer can still charge you with OWI if he or she believes your driving has been impacted by the consumption of drugs or alcohol.
The Consequences for OWI
The penalties for OWI are largely dependent on the defendant’s number of previous OWI convictions. The more prior offenses, the harsher the penalties. Offenders can also face more stringent punishments for any aggravating factors, such as a BAC of .15% or more, or when a minor under the age of 16 was in the vehicle.
Penalties of first offense OWI in Wisconsin include:
- A fine of $150 to $300
- An OWI surcharge of $435
- 6 to 9 months license revocation
- Mandatory Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment (AODA)
- Ignition interlock device (BAC .15% or higher)
- High-risk driver status, which means increased insurance premiums
- A license reinstatement fee of $200
- 5 days to 6 months in jail (if a minor under 16 was in the vehicle)
Again, the above penalties will be enhanced for offenders with multiple previous OWI convictions. For example, a third offense OWI is punishable by a maximum fine of $2,000, up to one year in prison, and a two to three-year license suspension.
Drunk Driving terms
In Wisconsin, the term “operating while intoxicated” or “OWI” refers to drunk driving. Some other common terms include:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Operating Under the Influence (OUI)
- Driving While Impaired (DWI)
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
- Driving While Under the Influence (DWUI)
- Operating A Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated (OMVI)
- Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (OVI)
- Impaired Driving
- Drink Driving
Let Us Help Build a Strong Defense
Regardless of how many previous offenses you have, it is imperative that you fight your charges with a skilled criminal defense lawyer’s assistance. At Schiro Criminal Defense, we know how to weaken a prosecutor’s case against you. For instance, there could have been an error in the field sobriety test, or the officer may have pulled you over illegally. Whatever your situation, we can investigate to find the right tactic to use in defending against your charges.
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