Charged with an OWI?

Don’t admit guilt, and call an experienced OWI defense attorney on the double!

Don’t beat yourself up. OWIs do not discriminate between wealthy or poor, male or female, old or young. You are not the first (and you won’t be the last) person to be charged with an OWI. I have handled hundreds of OWI cases and seen it all. That said, OWI is serious. An OWI conviction – even a first-time conviction – will cost you not just money, but your driver’s license and your liberty. And if you drive as part of your job, it can cost you that too!

It only gets worse from there. Wisconsin’s penalties for OWI are:

  • 1st offense OWIs carry a fine of $150 to $300, and a 6 to 9 month revocation of your driver’s license.
  • 2nd and 3rd offenses will land you in jail for up to 6 months (2nd) or 12 months (3rd). They also carry more fines and a longer revocation.
  • 4th offenses are felonies and could get you sent to prison, in addition to higher fines and a likely lifetime revocation of your license.
  • 5th, & 6th offenses are felonies and will almost certainly get you sent to prison, in addition to higher fines and a likely lifetime loss of your driver’s license.
  • 7th, 8th, & 9th offenses are even more serious felonies and will get you a huge fine, a 3 to 12.5 year prison sentence and a likely lifetime loss of your driver’s license.

If you’d like to see the complete list of consequences, click here for a PDF from the Wisconsin DOT – but I’m betting you’re not here to learn what could happen to you. You’re here to figure out how to make it not happen at all.

The good news is that I’m experienced in representing clients charged with OWI. Not all criminal defense lawyers are highly trained and educated OWI defense attorneys – but I am. I represent a large number of OWI cases, and I’ve seen everything. And in Northwest Wisconsin, I know the other lawyers, I know the judges, and I know how to get you the best possible result!

But what if I’m guilty? I failed the breathalyzer!

I’ve seen it all before. The officer claims you were swerving in traffic. Maybe you failed the field sobriety test. You blew above a .08 on the breathalyzer. They might have taken a blood sample. Maybe they threw out scary-sounding phrases like “dead to rights”. If you’re like most of my clients, I’m betting the whole experience has you pretty rattled.

That’s where I come in. I’m not rattled. I’m experienced, and I can see not just what they’re claiming the facts are, but what they’re likely able to prove.

But I’m not guilty! Why do I need a lawyer?

The unfortunate answer is that innocent people can and do get prosecuted for crimes they didn’t commit. Once you’ve been charged, it’s past the point of hoping the prosecutor’s good judgment to win out – you have to deal with it head on. The prosecutor would not have charged you if they believed you were innocent, which means it’s up to an experienced OWI attorney like me to show the prosecution they are wrong.

If they don’t have a case against you, having me on your side will buy you peace of mind. I know the legal strategies to get results with a minimum of hassle.

Defense Strategies For OWI

The only thing that really matters is what they’re able to prove in court. Every action of the officer must be justified in court, and I know exactly what to look for when challenging an officer’s OWI investigation.

The strategies we follow if they claim to have proof is to get that proof ruled inadmissible. For example:

  • Swerving doesn’t mean you were drunk.
  • Field sobriety tests may be subject to attack for a number of reasons.
  • There may be evidence you consumed alcohol after you operated, which makes it harder for the state to prove you were intoxicated while you were driving.
  • Law enforcement officers, believe it or not, don’t always follow the law.

There are a number of ways that the evidence against you could potentially be thrown out, which means it can’t be used to convict you. There have been cases where I’ve been able to get charges completely dropped because key evidence was completely disqualified!

If the evidence can’t be ruled inadmissible, there are strategies for minimizing its impact. And in the event that a penalty is imposed, I can help you avoid some of the harshest penalties associated with DUI convictions.

The bottom line? You’re not guilty if they can’t prove it – and you need somebody in your corner that knows how to fight for your rights.

Call me today!

I’ve worked as a public defender. I’ve worked for top-tier law firms. And now I want to work for you. When you need an OWI defense lawyer, look no further. Give me a call (phone number) and let’s talk about your legal options. You’ll be glad you made the call!