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Milwaukee County DWI AttorneyThere are multiple ways you can be charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) in Wisconsin, and all of them have serious consequences. You be charged with OWI if your blood-alcohol content is more than .08, if you have a detectable amount of an intoxicant or restricted controlled substance in your blood, or if you are under the influence of any drug or controlled substance.

It is never a good idea to get behind the wheel if you have had too much alcohol, or if you have taken illegal or prescription drugs that can negatively impact your ability to drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported about 32 percent of all fatal Wisconsin traffic accidents in 2016 were alcohol-related. 

If you are convicted of an OWI, you may face a lengthy license suspension or revocation. You could offset that inconvenience with an occupational license. Here are the details: 


Waukesha County DUI Defense Attorneys

Police officers in Wisconsin must have substantial evidence to actually arrest someone for operating while intoxicated (OWI). There are a few things an officer may use to do this, and one common procedure is to request the completion of field sobriety tests, so they can gauge whether a driver is intoxicated while driving. 

The types of field sobriety tests used can differ from state to state, and sometimes between police departments and jurisdictions, but in general, a battery of three standardized tests is used. These tests are approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as being accurate a majority of the time:


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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_1031018551.jpgIf you have been charged with an OWI in Wisconsin, there are a variety of penalties you may face. While hefty fines and a loss of driving privileges are harsh penalties, they are not as intimidating as jail time. Let us take a closer look at the potential jail sentences for an OWI and how you may be able to avoid being locked behind bars.

Jail Sentences for Wisconsin OWIs



b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_132707411.jpgIf you have been arrested for an OWI for the first time, you are likely scared and unsure of what to expect. Fortunately, a OWI arrest does not automatically mean a conviction and there are things you can do to ensure the best possible outcome for your case. Below is some information to help you understand what to expect from a first time OWI arrest and tips on what you should do if you have been arrested.

First-Time DUI Penalties

When you get arrested for an OWI for the first time, you may feel like you are the only one to go through this. It is important to understand that you are not alone—as thousands of people get pulled over for driving under the influence in Wisconsin each year.


b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_535082767.jpgMost people are aware of the harsh penalties of a DUI. However, many do not consider the emotional effects a DUI can bring. If you have been pulled over for a DUI, you will likely go through a cycle of various emotions that can take a toll on your well-being. Here is list of the six of the emotions you may be left with after a DUI arrest:

  1. Denial and Shock. Following a DUI arrest, you may be in complete shock and deny the fact that the situation actually occurred. Often times, denial and shock lasts for hours, days, and weeks. These feelings are even more likely to occur if you have never been arrested before.
  2. Guilt and Pain. Eventually, feelings of denial and shock fade and replace with emotional pain and guilt. Even though your guilt and emotional pain may be significant, know that you will survive the situation and eventually move on with your life.
  3. Anger. You may also be angry at the police officer who arrested you or the situation itself. This is especially true if you read the police report and find that it does not match what you believe actually took place. You may also be angry at a friend or family member that allowed you to drive drunk or did not offer you a ride or a place to spend the night. Try to avoid feeling angry and blaming others for your arrest as doing so can permanently damage your relationships.
  4. Depression. The penalties that come with a DUI may lead to loneliness and depression. Even after you have paid the price of a DUI, you may go through a period of sadness where you isolate yourself from others and focus on your past. Although it is easier said than done, you should think about the future instead of dwelling on a mistake you made days, weeks, or months ago.
  5. Reconstruction. The reconstruction phase is where your depression and emotional pain subsides and you start to reconstruct your life. During this stage, you begin to work through your emotional and financial issues and figure out how you can improve your future.
  6. Acceptance. The last emotion you may experience is acceptance. While you may not instantly feel happy during this stage, you will accept the reality of your DUI arrest and begin to move on with your life. You may never be the same but you will be a smarter and more conscious driver.

Contact Our Experienced Waukesha County DUI Attorneys Today

If you have been arrested for a DUI, we understand the emotions you are currently facing. By contacting our experienced Waukesha DUI lawyers today at 262-303-4916, you can receive the legal guidance you need to overcome this roadblock in your life and ensure your rights are protected.

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