OWI: Criminal Penalties Are Only Part of the Story

The criminal consequences of a conviction for operating while intoxicated (OWI) are no joke; you face severe consequences such as jail time and expensive fines. It is understandable that people would focus on such damaging penalties, but the consequences of an OWI conviction or even an arrest go well beyond the criminal realm. The Administrative […]

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A Top 10 Ranking No One Asked For

It is always fun to see where our state ranks in various categories. While Wisconsin routinely ranks among the best states to raise a family, we also rank high in another category that is not worth bragging about. According to a study by SafeHome, Wisconsin had the 9thmost drunk driving arrests in the nation, with […]

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What Constitutes an Unlawful OWI Stop?

An unlawful arrest occurs when a police officer arrests someone without probable cause or without abiding by specific Wisconsin laws and procedures. Operating while intoxicated charges can be dismissed by a judge before trial if the arrest is deemed to be unlawful. Typically, OWI Wisconsin cases are dismissed because of the due diligence of a […]

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Wisconsin OWI Charges: Know Your Options

A charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated is a pivotal moment. The steps you take in the immediate aftermath will affect the rest of your life. With these stakes, it pays to know the consequences of a Wisconsin OWI conviction and the rights you have when charged. How Long Does a Wisconsin OWI Stay […]

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Judge vs. Jury Trial for a First-Time OWI Case

Wisconsin state statute provides for stringent laws when it comes to Operating While intoxicated (OWI) offenses. In addition to this, the law provides a mechanism for trial — bench trial and a jury trial. As such, if you are accused of a first offense OWI in Wisconsin, it is imperative to understand that you have a […]

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If I Get an OWI in Wisconsin, Do I Have To Tell My Boss?

You’re out having the time of your life with some friends. At least you were, until the flashing red and blue lights began to light up your rear-view mirror.  Just like that, you find yourself facing an OWI (operating while intoxicated) charge and are probably feeling overwhelmed by the life-changing consequences unfolding before you.   Important […]

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If Only It Were Always That Clear Cut…

During a period of time when capitols around the country are already on high alert as a result of recent events in Washington, D.C., a very unique OWI arrest took place at our state capitol building in Madison.  As reported by the Associated Press, a 44-year-old man drove his vehicle up the stairs of the Wisconsin […]

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Numerous Legal Substances and Factors Can Cause a False Positive Breathalyzer Test

There is an extensive list of factors and substances that have the ability to affect a breath test, causing a false positive. Examples of such factors and substances include pre-existing medical conditions, medications, mouth alcohol presence, certain foods and vinegar.  If you face an OWI charge, contact Waukesha criminal defense attorney Craig Kuhary. Attorney Craig […]

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Consequences for Repeat OWI Offenses in Wisconsin Become Increasingly Stricter

If you are charged with a repeat OWI offense in Wisconsin, it is has become more important than ever to obtain effective legal counsel to guard your future, freedom, reputation and finances. Over time, OWI laws in Wisconsin have become stricter and the penalties steeper. This year, a bill was signed by Governor Tony Evers, […]

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Are Ignition Interlock Devices Mandatory for an OWI offense in Wisconsin?

Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) are a penalty you could suffer in some OWI convictions in Wisconsin.  IIDs are required under Wisconsin law during your first OWI offense if your BAC (blood alcohol level) is .15 or above, any repeat OWI offense, or if you refuse to chemical testing to determine your BAC level. You must […]

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