Appleton OWI Lawyers
An OWI conviction (operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant or other drug) is a serious matter. It could result in fines, jail time, significant driver’s license suspension or revocation, and high insurance rates or potential policy cancellation. If the OWI is a felony, then all the consequences of having a criminal record can also apply.
We understand what is at stake.
Like many, this is probably your first criminal charge. We understand the anxiety and feeling of being overwhelmed. We will be there to aggressively fight on your behalf and to challenge the evidence and the prosecution’s case.
Call Us ASAP and Within Ten Days of Your OWI Charge. You have only Ten Days from the OWI Charge to Request an Administrative or Refusal Hearing.
Requesting a hearing is the first important aspect of an OWI charge. The hearing is conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT Administrative Suspensions) or the court (refusals). At the hearing you have the opportunity to challenge whether there was probable cause. If you do not request this hearing, the DOT will suspend or revoke your license, even if you are ultimately found not guilty. With a refusal you will lose your license longer than with an OWI and not be able to get an occupational license for a longer period of time than with an OWI.
The second important aspect is the OWI trial. You could lose your license at this stage, too. A first offense OWI is a civil action. A second through fourth offense is a criminal traffic offense. A fifth offense is an automatic felony. A fourth offense can also be a felony if within five years of a previous OWI.
What Will Happen to Me?
Call us so that we may schedule a free no obligation consultation to learn about the facts and circumstances of your case. If you retain us, we will develop a strategy for your case and will work hard to get a great result for you.
Drunk Driving Facts
In Wisconsin, a person is legally intoxicated with blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above. If you have had three prior OWI convictions, then you could be convicted with a BAC as low as .02. If there is an accident, and someone is seriously injured or dies, that is a felony, which could result in prison time.
Fortunately, Wisconsin looks favorably on rehabilitation. If you volunteer for treatment, your sentence will be lighter, especially if this is your first offense.
As criminal law defense attorneys, in the event of a conviction, we are often able to successfully argue to judges to sentence below the sentencing guidelines.