Drunk driving is usually charged as an OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) in Wisconsin. In other jurisdictions this offense is often referred to as a DUI, a DWI, or OUI. This is a serious offense and having a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side may help. Meyer Van Severen, S.C. provides aggressive drunk driving defense. If you’d like to talk to one of our drunk driving attorneys, contact Matthew R. Meyer or Benjamin T. Van Severen at (414) 270-0202 today.
Most first offense drunk driving convictions do not carry jail penalties. If an injury is caused or an individual under 16 years old is found in the vehicle, a first offense drunk driving conviction includes a mandatory jail penalty. Second and subsequent drunk driving offenses carry with them mandatory jail sentences. Further down the line, misdemeanors turn into felonies. A fourth offense OWI, when the defendant has had at least one prior conviction within 5 years, is a felony. (A fourth offense when the individual has not had a previous offense within 5 years remains a misdemeanor.) Fifth and subsequent offenses are all felonies. A skilled criminal defense attorney may be able to keep you from serving time, depending upon the circumstances of your case and the ability to exclude evidence. For a full review of drunk driving penalties, visit this DMV chart. Additionally, we’ve explained forms you typically receive after a drunk driving arrest.
It is possible to win a drunk driving case even after an arrest. Many charges are the result of faulty test results, faulty testing devices, and police looking for convictions. And many police officers don’t property administer standardized field sobriety tests. These are potential bases for excluding evidence to be used at trial, in turn making your case much stronger.
Because drunk driving offenses carry serious consequences, it’s important to hire an experienced Milwaukee criminal defense attorney to defend your case. Residual effects, such as fines, loss of your driver’s license, and mandatory jail time make it very important that you have a competent aggressive defense attorney on your side.
Ensure your freedom is protected. Hire a Milwaukee criminal defense attorney who knows how to defend you and represent you in court. Criminal attorneys Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin Van Severen may be able to help. Our criminal firm has experienced criminal defense attorneys who provide aggressive drunk driving defense. Contact us immediately after your arrest for a free consultation. Phones are answered 24 hours a day at (414) 270-0202.