Harsher Penalties For Wisconsin OWIs

In late April, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law a bill that significantly increases penalties for people who have been charged with a fourth offense OWI or greater. Here are the changes: Fourth offense OWI is now an automatic felony rather than a criminal misdemeanor Fifth and sixth offense OWIs can now land a […]

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Mistake by police not grounds for overturning OWI conviction

Most states have strict laws in place for those who operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. A driver in Wisconsin may be pulled over and arrested for OWI if he or she appears to be drunk while driving, or if the officer can smell or see alcohol during a traffic stop. […]

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Wisconsin authorities claim woman was driving drunk with children in her car

Troopers with the Wisconsin State Patrol recently arrested a woman from Greendale for alleged drunk driving. Authorities claim she was speeding along Interstate 94 around 1 a.m. in Waukesha County. They further claim that she almost hit another vehicle before she was pulled over. During the traffic stop, authorities found that the woman was driving […]

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Milwaukee man faces his 5th OWI

Here in Wisconsin, unlike other criminal charges, drunk driving charges cannot be removed from a person’s criminal record. No matter how long ago the charge took place, or where the driver lived at the time, previous DWI, DUI and OWI charges are always visible on a person’s record. Being arrested for a second offense drunk […]

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Wisconsin man granted modified sentence in OWI hit-and-run case

A good criminal defense strategy is often more nuanced than just going for a verdict of “not guilty.” Depending on the circumstances, a plea deal can sometimes be the most effective way to mitigate the consequences of criminal charges and to minimize the impact on a defendant’s personal/family life. As a recent example of this, […]

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Wisconsin case clarifies OWI law

A night out on the town, followed by falling asleep in a car, almost proved costly for a Janesville, Wisconsin man. Apparently, falling asleep in the driver’s seat of a car parked in front of a bar does not constitute an OWI arrest according to a state appeals court. The Janesville man was found slumped […]

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