Wisconsin drunk driving laws
Under Wisconsin laws, drunk driving offenses are called OWI's - (Operating While Under The Influence), and they are oft referred to as DUI offenses.
A felony is any offense for which a convicted person can be sentenced to one or more years in a state or federal prison; all other crimes are misdemeanors. For counting purposes, refusals count as a prior conviction equal to any prior OWI conviction. While misdemeanor charges are lesser charges to felony offenses, they should not be taken lightly. If you do not have a criminal record, a conviction for a misdemeanor will change that, which means that any background check will reveal the conviction. A misdemeanor conviction can also prevent a person from holding any type of security clearance (even if the misdemeanor was only a moment of mistaken judgment resulting in a drunk driving conviction), and prevent a person from keeping or being hired into many jobs.
OWI - 1st offense
A first ever Wisconsin charge for operating while under the influence is not a crime; it is a civil offense. Absent any other charges, a first offense does not carry mandatory jail time, but there will be fines.
In addition to the fines, a conviction has other effects such as mandatory proof of financial responsibility to keep your driver's license, an increase in automobile insurance, and costs of assessments and treatment if ordered by the court.
OWI - 2nd Offense
A second charge for operating while under the influence is a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is a criminal charge. Absent any other charges (such as possession of a controlled substance), a second drunk driving offense carries both jail time and fines.
owi - 3rd offense
A third operating while under the influence offense in Wisconsin is a misdemeanor. All misdemeanor charges are criminal charges, and a third offense carries both mandatory jail time and fines.
owi - 4th offense
A fourth operating while under the influence offense in Wisconsin is a criminal misdemeanor, with mandatory jail time and fines.
owi- 5th offense
A fifth operating while under the influence offense is a felony offense.
Vehicular Homicide is a felony regardless of the number of prior convictions.
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attorney christopher t. van wagner
Attorney Christopher T. Van Wagner frequently defends people charged with drunk driving offenses throughout the state of Wisconsin. Attorney Van Wagner is a former Federal prosecutor (Madison, Wisconsin) and a former state prosecutor (Trenton, New Jersey) with a very keen insight into the prosecution's case, which directly translates into benefits for his clients and their cases.
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