Fight your OWI charge with a Wisconsin DUI lawyer

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Wisconsin DUI lawyers know the process under Wisconsin DUI law and can serve as an invaluable resource. A variety of problems might exist in your OWI case which could affect your case. The officer might not have had probable cause to pull over your vehicle. The blood alcohol test you were administered might have been done incorrectly. The blood alcohol test may have shown inconsistent results. These possibilities, among others,will give a Wisconsin DUI lawyer issues to research in order to learn whether there may be weaknesses in your case.

You have rights that a Wisconsin DUI lawyer can explain to you

You may be unaware of the complete rights you have in your Wisconsin OWI case, and consequently you may face some difficult future situations. Your driver's license may be suspended. Your automobile insurance rates could increase significantly. Your freedom and future employment options could be inhibited. Fill out our free case evaluation form or call us toll-free at 1 (877) 349-1311. A Wisconsin DUI attorney will then contact you for a free, no-obligation consultation to help you learn the full extent of your rights.

Wisconsin Penalties for DUI/OWI

First DUI/OWI conviction =

  • fine of at between $150 and $300 plus OWI surcharge of $355; and
  • driver's license suspension for 6-9 months.

Second DUI/OWI conviction (within 10 years) =

  • Mandatory jail sentence of at least 5 days with maximum of 6 months;
  • fine of between $350 and $1,100 plus OWI surcharge of $355;
  • installation of ignition interlock device (if second conviction within 5 years); and
  • driver's license suspension for 12-18 months.

Third DUI/OWI conviction (anytime) =

  • Mandatory jail sentence of at least 30 days with maximum of 1 year;
  • fine of between $600 and $2,000 plus OWI surcharge of $355;
  • installation of ignition interlock device; and
  • driver's license suspension for 2-3 years.

Fourth DUI/OWI conviction (anytime) =

  • Mandatory jail sentence of at least 60 days with maximum of 1 year;
  • fine of between $600 and $2,000 plus OWI surcharge of $355;
  • installation of ignition interlock device;
  • possible vehicle seizure; and
  • driver's license suspension for 2-3 years.

* Per se BAC lowers to 0.02 percent after 3rd DUI conviction.

Fifth DUI/OWI conviction (anytime) =

  • Mandatory jail sentence of at least 6 months with maximum of 5 years;
  • fine of between $600 and $10,000 plus OWI surcharge of $355;
  • installation of ignition interlock device;
  • possible vehicle seizure; and
  • driver's license suspension for at least 2-3 years.

* Per se BAC lowers to 0.02 percent after 3rd DUI conviction.

Wisconsin Breath Test Laws

Can You Refuse a Breath Test?

  • NO

Breath Test Refusal Penalties

  • 1st refusal = 1-year suspension of driver's license
  • 2nd refusal = 2-year suspension
  • 3rd refusal = 3-year suspension

No matter how many OWI cases you've had, a Wisconsin DUI lawyer can assist you

Although you may think you know what to expect if you've been through an OWI case before, laws do change, and even when they remain the same, subsequent offenses are usually treated more harshly. Do not let these variations in Wisconsin DUI law catch you by surprise. Wisconsin DUI lawyers understand the law, and they could help you prepare for possible surprises.

Don't get caught off guard by the possibilities of a stricter driver's license suspension or a longer jail sentence or felony charges. Take advantage of this opportunity to understand the full range of possibilities in your Wisconsin OWI case by getting in touch with a Wisconsin DUI attorney now.

Note: DUI laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on these DUI laws, speak to a DUI lawyer in the state.

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