Unlike other criminal charges, a drunk driving charge can never be removed from your criminal record. If you are ever charged again with DUI (driving under the influence), DWI (driving while impaired) or OUI (operating under the influence), you will face more severe penalties. For a second offense in Wisconsin, you face mandatory jail time.
I’m Craig Kuhary, a Waukesha lawyer, and I have handled thousands of DUI/DWI/OWI cases in the last 30 years. Whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor, I aggressively pursue the most effective defense possible in each case. I conduct my own investigation. I review every detail of the alleged behavior, the arrest and the strength of the prosecutor’s case.
I am dedicated to obtaining the best outcome possible for you if you’ve been charged with these or other drunk driving crimes:
An ignition interlock device is now mandatory after your second conviction for DUI/DWI/OWI, or your first conviction if you had a BAC greater than .15 or if you refused to submit to the blood alcohol test. The IID attaches to your car, requiring you to blow into it before your car will start. You will also be required to blow into the IID periodically as you drive. If at any time your BAC measures in excess of .02, your car alarm will begin to sound.
An ignition interlock device can cost about $1,000 to install and maintain over the course of a year, and it must be done at an approved facility (see the list of ignition interlock device service centers in our area). Because it’s very visible, many people feel ashamed to have family and friends see them driving.
If you want to avoid having an IID installed, you need to take every drunk driving charge seriously and get an attorney on your case immediately to begin building a strong defense. Avoiding a second conviction is the only way to avoid an IID if you are a repeat DWI offender.