saving your driver's license
Will you automatically lose your driver's license if you are arrested for an operating under the influence offense?
if you lose your driver's license
In addition to proving that you have met the requirements to be privileged to drive in the state of Wisconsin, your driver's license is your ticket to many other benefits. Without it, you will not be able to:
- open a bank account,
- cash a check,
- register to vote, and vote
- sit for a bar or other licensing test,
- use your credit cards that require photo identification...
until you obtain a state identification card or your license is reinstated.
submitted to bac test
If you submitted (or were forced to submit) to a breath or blood test to determine your blood alcohol concentration level (BAC), and those test results indicated that your BAC was over the statutory limit (.08 for a third or lesser offense, or .02 for fourth or higher offenses), you will receive a Notice of Intent to Suspend form from the Department of Transportation.
10 days to file
You have ten (10) business days from the date of the Notice of Intent to Suspend to file an administrative review request.
The Notice of Intent to Suspend form serves as your temporary driving permit for thirty (30) days from the Notice date. The Notice also includes additional information about your license.
suspending your license
At the end of the thirty (30) days, your driving privileges will be suspended if 1) an administrative review request was not filed timely, or b) the administrative review hearing was lost (the administrative review judge upheld the suspension). You may however be eligible for an occupational license.
legal representation at the administrative review hearing
Your attorney can represent you at the administrative reviewing hearing on your driver's license. If you have not yet hired an attorney, please contact an attorney right away. If you have hired Attorney Wood, her firm will represent you at the administrative review hearing.
For information about how to obtain an occupational license, please refer to Wisconsin Occupational License After OWI.
refusing a test
If you refused to submit to a breath or blood test to determine your blood alcohol concentration level, please refer to Refused To Submit To A Test.
owi-dui.com can help
If you have been arrested for drunk driving in the state of Wisconsin, your driver's license is at risk of being suspended or revoked (depending on the circumstances, as mentioned above). The mere fact of an arrest is often an overwhelming emotional situation rendering a feeling of helplessness - that's very common. The numbers of attorneys who claim to understand and routinely defend people against drunk driving charges is nearly as staggering as the police officer's testimony that is sure to result at a trial. To help you find highly qualified, very experienced, impeccable, quality OWI defense attorneys, we have gathered Wisconsin's best together on this site so that you can rest reassured that you are choosing a lawyer that is rated as one of Wisconsin's best OWI attorneys.
Important notation: The judicial system may seem to work very slowly, but when you are the person being charged, please don't make the mistake of assuming it will move slowly to take action with you. The wheels of justice have a way of speedily hurrying towards anyone charged with a drunk driving offense. You should seek the advice of one of the highly qualified attorneys on this site as soon as possible.
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