Milwaukee’s Operation Drive Sober was in full swing this weekend rounding up seven drunk drivers, six of which were first-time OWI offenders and one repeat offender. The average preliminary breath test (PBT) results derived from field sobriety tests was 0.15%. The legal limit for drivers in Wisconsin is 0.08%.
As of November 2017, a conviction of Wisconsin OWI, first offense may carry a fine or forfeiture or $150 to $300 , a license revocation anywhere from 6 to 9 months and if the blood alcohol content BAC is 0.15 or higher, a driver may be required to install an ignition interlock device or submit to a 24/7 sobriety program. If you are convicted of OWI with a minor under the age of 16 in the car, regardless of whether it is a first or subsequent offense, the fines will likely increase and the possibility of confinement looms large.
Penalties for Wisconsin OWI, second offense depend on whether the driver has had a previous OWI conviction within the last 10 years and if a driver has had any offenses of causing great bodily harm or homicide by intoxicated use over a lifetime. For those outside of the 10 year window without previous offenses of causing injury, will incur penalties similar to an OWI first offense.
For OWI second offense within 10 years of a first offense OWI, or when there is a history of causing great bodily harm or homicide by intoxicated use, the consequences increase substantially. Fines can reach up to 1100, with a period of confinement up to 6 months. License revocation is a given as is the requirement to install an IID or participate in a 24/7 sobriety program.
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If you have been arrested for Wisconsin OWI/DUI drunk driving, it is important to seek the help of an experienced drunk driving defense attorney who has decades of Wisconsin drunk driving experience, knows the Waukesha courts and the county prosecutors and that may be able to have your charges dismissed or reduced. Contact the Law offices of Andrew C. Ladd for assistance if you or a family member is facing charges in Wisconsin of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI).