Consequences for Repeat OWI Offenses in Wisconsin Become Increasingly Stricter

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, which upped the mandatory minimum prison sentence for a 5th or 6th OWI offense from six months to 18 months.

Additionally, in 2018, a law was passed that stated if you are convicted of a 4th OWI, you will permanently lose your license if the conviction occurs within 15 years of your last OWI.

Wisconsin prosecution does not take OWI charges lightly.  With the aid of an experienced attorney, there are steps you can take to lessen the penalties.

A Seasoned Criminal Defense is Crucial

An experienced attorney can argue against the legality of your traffic stop, as well as challenge the results of your breathalyzer, blood, urine and field sobriety tests.

A collateral attack can be initiated as well, and a lawyer can assist with securing probation instead of suffering harsh prison sentences.

A lawyer who has the experience to initiate these strategies as effectively as possible will maximize your chances of getting you a better outcome.  Craig Kuhary, with Waukesha Criminal Defense, has decades of experience negotiating these types of deals for his clients which help avoid stricter consequences.  This is truly not the time to hire an attorney who is not proven.

Even a First OWI Offense Results in Consequences

For most professionals, there can be a lot at stake if you face a repeat OWI offense.  However, there is similarly a lot at stake if you face any OWI charge. Even a first offense OWI subjects you to heavy fines, a criminal record, the requirement of utilization of an ignition interlock device or license suspension. This can be both embarrassing and stressful.  If you have been charged with an OWI, regardless of the number of offenses, you need a lawyer who can protect your rights and freedom in the face of OWI charges. To schedule a free consultation, contact our Waukesha office: (262)-518-9690 or contact me online.