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!