Over the Easter weekend, six drivers in the Milwaukee area were arrested on the suspicion of Wisconsin OWI. Preliminary breath tests revealed the average blood alcohol content (BAC) averaged .14 among those taken into custody.
Of the six drivers arrested for DUI 1st offense, one 38-year-old man was arrested for DUI-2nd/1st because he had a DUI more than 10 years ago. Under Wisconsin law, OWI second offense with no prior OWI within 10 years may result in fines anywhere from $150 – $300, no confinement and license revocation from 6 – 9 months, which is more lenient than a second OWI within 10 years.
Unfortunately for the Milwaukee man, when he was stopped on the suspicion of drunk driving, a search of his vehicle resulted in officers discovering a handgun. Because the man is a convicted felon and barred from possessing firearms, he faces a class G felony charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Endangering by Use of a Firearm – charges that can result in over a decade in prison.
If you have been charged with crime in Wisconsin, it is important to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
When it comes to Wisconsin OWI 1st offense it is in your best interest to seek a reduction in charges or have the charges dismissed outright to avoid having an OWI record established. 2nd and 3rd DUI offenses result in increasingly higher consequences that can include hefty fines, loss of license and incarceration.
Weapons charges can be quite serious in Wisconsin. Charges can result from actions such as carrying a concealed weapon; illegal possession of certain kinds of firearms such as machine guns or short barreled rifles or shotguns; and, as in the case of the weekend arrest, the possession of a firearm by a felon.
Federal laws also come into play that regulate gun ownership which prohibit gun trafficking and illegal sale or transport of firearms, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, sale of a firearm to a prohibited person, possession of an illegal weapon or use of a firearm in connection to a violent crime or drug trafficking.
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