When Wisconsin police officers file charges against you for operating while intoxicated, they must follow a specific protocol. This includes citing the behavior that caused them to pull you over, the visual or behavioral cues during the field sobriety tests or breathalyzer results. At Gonzalez Law Office, LLC, we often challenge the state’s case against clients and reduce or eliminate charges.
If convicted of OWI/DUI, you may have to pay significant court fees and fines. Depending on the result of your case, you may also spend time in jail. In Wisconsin, all drunk driving convictions result in either license revocation or suspension. The length of time depends on a variety of factors, including whether this is your first or subsequent conviction. According to Smart Start, LLC, state law requires that repeat offenders and first-time offenders with a blood alcohol content of at least .15 have an Ignition Interlock Device installed.
All vehicles registered in your name must have this device installed at your expense. It interrupts the signal between the starter and ignition. Designed for prevention of drunk driving, it will not allow the car to start before you breathe into it. If your blood alcohol level is higher than the pre-programmed limit, the vehicle will not start.
If convicted of driving while intoxicated, you must also qualify for an Occupational License from the Wisconsin DMV. It allows you to legally drive to and from specific locations, such as school, work and the grocery store. First-time offenders are eligible for the interlock device immediately. However, if you have previous offenses, it may be 45 to 120 days before you can legally get behind the wheel.
Conviction on OWI/DUI charges can affect your current job, ability to get a new job and the types of positions you can hold. An attorney can help you navigate the legal process and ensure you have the representation you deserve. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.