100% of the Cases I Take Are OWI

Flat Fees (Fee Is Discussed at the Free Consultation & Depends on the Facts on a Case by Case Bases)

  • OWI 1st & Operating While Revoked - $1499
  • OWI 2nd & 3rds - $2499
  • OWI 4ths and Higher - $3999

OWI Defense Attorney

The Personal, Honest OWI Attorney Serving the Fox Valley and Surrounding Areas

Operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Wisconsin can carry heavy fines and license suspension, among other penalties. A good OWI lawyer can help you fight your charge effectively and efficiently. Intrepid Law Office is an OWI firm that will give you the one-on-one attention you deserve to navigate your case.

For experienced and honest legal representation in your OWI case, contact Intrepid Law Office. Call (920) 294-1331 or submit an online contact form to schedule your free consultation today!

Let a Resilient Attorney Fight Your Charge!

If you are facing an OWI charge, contact an experienced OWI attorney today. It is important that you seek experienced legal representation in your fight against an OWI charge, especially if you seek to mitigate your sentence or request an occupational license. Intrepid Law Office practices specifically in OWI law in Wisconsin and can tackle your OWI charge for you.

Schedule your free consultation with Intrepid Law Office today. Call (920) 294-1331 or submit an online contact form here.

What Constitutes Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated?

Wisconsin prohibits any person from operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) by drugs or alcohol. An individual can be convicted of OWI if they:

  • have a prohibited blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more;
  • are “under the influence” of any substance that renders them person incapable of safely driving; or
  • have any detectable amount of restricted controlled substances (such as methamphetamine) in the blood.

Note that regardless of the person’s level of actual impairment, a detected BAC of .08% or more (per se DUI) can warrant an OWI charge. Further, you can still get an OWI with a BAC under .08% if the prosecutor can prove any signs of impaired and unsafe driving, such as by showing your poor performance in the field sobriety tests.

Wisconsin’s Zero Tolerance Law

Wisconsin also operates under a “zero tolerance law” for underage under 21 years old. The BAC limit for an underage driver is much lower at 0.02%, and drinking and driving at all while underage can still result in an OWI-like charge (Absolute Sobriety ticket).

Implied Consent in Wisconsin

Note that like many states, Wisconsin implements an "implied consent" law that “implies” all drivers’ agreement to take a drug or alcohol test if there is reason to think they’re driving under the influence. Refusing to take a test results in a 1-year license revocation and 1-year IID. If it's an individual’s second offense within 10 years, it's a 2-year license revocation and 1-2 year IID use, and a 3-year license revocation and 1-3 years of an IID for third-time offenders.

For a first-time refusal, drivers must wait 30 days before applying for an occupational license, 90 days for a second refusal, and 120 days for a third refusal.

What are the Penalties for OWI?

Wisconsin has minimum and maximum penalties in place for OWI convictions based on the circumstances of the offense and the number of prior offenses within the last 10 years or within a lifetime for third and subsequent offenses.

First-time offenders:

  • There is generally no required jailtime
  • Fines of $150-$300

Second offenses:

  • 5 days to 6 months of jail
  • Fines of $350-$1,100

Third offenses:

  • 45 days to 1 year behind bars
  • $600-$2,000 in fines

Higher BAC concentrations will increase the minimum and maximum fines, though. Drivers with an excessive BAC of 0.17%-0.199% will face doubled fines, and those with a BAC of 0.20%-0.249% will face tripled fines.

The court will also order a driver’s license revocation for the following periods upon conviction:

  • First offense – 6-9 months
  • Second offense – 12-18 months
  • Third offense – 2-3 years

Underage drivers convicted of OWI with a BAC between 0.02%-0.08% may face a 3-month license suspension and $200 fine.

Every person convicted of an OWI must also submit to a drug and alcohol evaluation, which will be used to create a driver safety plan which outlines the treatment, OWI education, and sobriety testing required for the offender.

Depending on your case, there are some alternative ways to fulfill jail time. For instance, a judge can order 30 days of community service instead of jail time for a second offense. Some jail terms can also be suspended if the judge orders probation for the defendant. For a third offense OWI, however, the judge must order at least 14 days of jail time even if probation and treatment are in place.

Field Sobriety Tests

The Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) is made of up 3 individual tests:

  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test - In this test the officer will observe the eyes of the person in question as they slowly move a pen or small object back and forth to look for indicators in each eye that the person is impaired.
  • Walk-and-turn test - The officer will instruct the person to take nine steps, touching heel-to-toe in a straight line and the return back. The officer is looking for signs of impairment such as not being able to keep their balance, starting before the instructions are finished or not following the instructions properly.
  • One-leg stand test - In this test, the officer instructs the person to stand with one foot off the ground and hold it for about 30 seconds or until told to put it down. The officer looks for signs of impairment such as swaying, hoping or using their arms to balance.

Special Sentencing

Wisconsin has a "Safe Streets" option for some offenders to undergo special treatment for a reduced jail sentence. For a second offender, treatment could cut jail time to 5-7 days, and for a third offender, it could be reduced to 14 days to 1 year.

If an individual’s license is revoked for an OWI, in most cases they can still request restricted driving privileges through an occupational or hardship license that can be used no more than 12 hours a day and 60 hours per week to go to essential places like work, school, or treatment. For first-time offenders, there is no waiting to period to get the occupational license; second or subsequent OWI offenders, however, must wait 45 days into their revocation period before applying. Be aware that installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) will be required for at least 1 year after the driver obtains either a hardship license or a reinstated driver’s license.

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