Wisconsin Authorities Cracking Down On Drunk Driving
Law enforcement officers everywhere have increased their resources to keep intoxicated drivers off the road. This includes arresting drivers who have had only a few drinks and drivers who have taken prescribed medications.
Unfortunately, an arrest for OWI can result in incarceration, a criminal conviction and the loss of your driver’s license. If you have been arrested for OWI in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, our attorneys can help you. At Kaehne & Barrette, S.C., we provide strong defense against a wide range of criminal charges throughout the area.
What Counts As Drunk Driving In Wisconsin?
For a “per se” violation, meaning the blood alcohol content (BAC) is above the legal limit, you have to have a BAC of .08 percent or more. However, drivers with three or more prior Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) convictions, have a lower limit: they cannot operate a motor vehicle if their BAC is greater than 0.02.
What Are The Consequences?
There are various levels of consequence, depending on a number of factors, including whether you have been convicted of OWI before, how much alcohol you had in your system and other factors.
Even for a first offense, you could lose your license for up to nine months, pay a fine of up to $300 and, if the BAC was high enough, be forced to use an ignition interlock device (IID).
In the worst-case scenario, if you are facing your 10th offense or more, you will be facing a felony charge, which could result in more than 12 years in prison, $25,000 in fines, a three-year revocation of your license and up to three years of IID.
You Need A Strong Defense
Even if you are facing your first charge, you need to mount a strong defense, because the ramifications of a conviction could haunt you for the rest of your life. Call 920-694-4150 or email us to schedule a consultation with an experienced lawyer.