Protecting Your License From OWI/DUI Charges
Part of what makes operating while intoxicated (OWI)/driving under the influence (DUI) charges so damaging is that they get worse with each conviction. While you may think that a first offense will only result in a slap on the wrist from a Wisconsin court, it will also increase the severity of any future charges you might receive. Instead of letting a mark on your record threaten your future, fight to keep your record as clean as possible.
At Thelen & Associates, LLC, we are attorneys who are ready to defend you from your criminal charges, whether you are facing your first or fourth offense. We know how to look for opportunities to beat, dismiss or reduce your charges, and we will explore all possible ways to defending you.
What Is At Stake With A Conviction?
Wisconsin courtrooms take OWI charges very seriously, which is reflected in the penalties of for first offenses. Depending on the number of previous convictions you have, you can expect to face a range of consequences, including:
- First offense: Up to $300 in fines, up to nine months of revocation and possible mandatory sobriety program enrollment
- Second offense: Up $1,100 in fines, up to six months of confinement, up to 18 months of revocation and up to 18 months of a sobriety program
- Third offense: Up to $2,000 in fines, up to one year in confinement, up to three years of revocation, and up to three years of a sobriety program
- Fourth offense: Felony charges, $10,000 in fines, up to six years in confinement, up to three years of revocation and up to three years of a sobriety program
After a fourth offense, the charges can escalate to $25,000 in fines, up to 15 years in confinement, and up to three years of revocation and sobriety enrollment. The charges can also be more severe if someone was injured while you were driving.
Our goal in criminal defense cases is looking for viable defenses, such as lack of probable cause or questionable testing methods or equipment, and methods of reducing your charges through negotiation or dismissing them as soon as possible.
Keep Your Name Clear With Our Help
If you are facing OWI/DUI charges, even as a minor, make sure that you have a skilled criminal defense lawyer at your side. Call our offices in Waukesha and Mukwonago at 262-200-8002 or email us here to schedule your initial consultation today.