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Milwaukee drunk driving defense attorney

Since the 1980s, both state and federal agencies have attempted to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents that occur. For the most part, this has succeeded. In Wisconsin, there were nearly 30,000 alcohol-related traffic crashes in 1980. By the time 2015 rolled around, there were only 5,174 alcohol-related traffic crashes recorded in Wisconsin. Even though the number of drunk driving accidents decreased immensely, they still remain a significant safety issue. Wisconsin OWI laws are taken seriously and are often enacted to their full extent. That is why if you or someone you know is charged with OWI, it is crucial to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to make sure your rights are protected. 

Implied Consent Laws in Wisconsin

Nearly every state in the United States has an implied consent law that requires drivers to submit to chemical testing if they are suspected to be driving while intoxicated. Wisconsin is no exception. If you are driving a vehicle in Wisconsin, you are deemed to have given your consent to submit to “one or more tests of blood, breath, or urine.” These tests are used to determine the amount of alcohol or drugs in your system, and they are typically performed after a person has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

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New Berlin OWI defense attorney

One of the most common crimes committed with a vehicle is driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In Wisconsin, this is referred to as operating while intoxicated (OWI). Some of the most deadly and serious car accidents occur because of people driving when they are drunk or high on drugs. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were nearly 30,000 OWI arrests that took place in 2015, with more than 5,000 alcohol-related car crashes. In the past few decades, more emphasis has been placed on preventing drunk driving, with one strategy being to increase the consequences for committing an OWI. In Wisconsin, penalties for OWI can range from a simple fine to jail time or felony charges, depending on the situation.

First-Offense OWI

In Wisconsin, a first-time OWI offense is not technically considered a criminal charge. Rather, it is classified as a petty offense that results in a fine and a driver’s license suspension. If you are caught driving while under the influence for the first time, you will be subject to a fine between $150 and $300, a $435 OWI surcharge, and a six- to nine-month driver’s license suspension. However, you can apply to get an occupational license immediately. An occupational license allows you to drive to certain places, such as work, school, church, or the grocery store. 

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