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Looking for information about the July 1, 2010 changes to Wisconsin's OWI law? Click on this link to the Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine.
We represent individuals charged with Operating While Intoxicated, OWI, throughout southeastern Wisconsin. For individuals charged in Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, and Jefferson Counties, click here to view the Courts' Sentencing Guidelines, used by judges to determine the minimum and maximum penalties.
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Second & Third Offense
Operating while intoxicated, OWI, second and third offenses without children in the vehicle and without any injuries are misdemeanor crimes in Wisconsin. Often people feel as though they have no defense because the police have a breath or blood sample. That is not true.
Why you were stopped, what was asked of you, how you did on your field sobriety test, and how evidence was handled all matter in determining whether you are guilty or not guilty.
Even if you do not have a complete defense to the charges, having an OWI attorney can make a big difference in the amount of time you spend in jail or prison and how much you pay in fines.
Forth & Subsequent Offenses
As of July 1, 2010, a 4th offense Operating While Intoxicated, OWI, is a felony. Prior to July 1st, 4th offenses were misdemeanors. Instead of jail time, those convicted face a potential prison sentence.
OWI 1st is not a crime; it is a municipal citation. That does not mean that you should simply pay the ticket. The fine for an OWI 1st ticket are around $800 in most municipalities, not including the increased cost from obtaining SR-22 insurance coverage, ignition interlock installation, driver's safety assessment, therapy, and any other tickets from the stop. A skilled OWI attorney will work to lessen these penalties through plea bargaining if no complete defense is available.
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