Wisconsin Authorities Cracking Down On Drunk Driving
Law enforcement officers everywhere have increased their resources to keep intoxicated drivers off the road. In Wisconsin, drivers are often arrested for operating while intoxicated (OWI) after having only a few drinks. In addition, more and more people are being arrested for driving while under the influence of prescription medication. These situations pose unique challenges because people may be arrested even though they are following their doctor’s orders.
Unfortunately, an arrest for OWI can result in long-term negative consequences such as incarceration, a criminal conviction and the loss of your driving privileges for an extended period of time. 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.