Between 2012 and 2015, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has reported more than 4,000 drunk driving crashes every year. Eighty five people died in alcohol related accidents just last year and many more were injured.
To address the problem of Wisconsin OWI, stricter laws went into effect January 1st that increase the consequences for repeat drunk driving offenses.
Wisconsin OWI Fourth Offense Law Changing
Under the new law, a fourth drunk driving offense is considered a felony punishable by up to six years in prison. Previously, the fourth offense was a felony only if it was committed within five years of the third offense.
Fourth offense DUI may also include fines up to $10,000, a 2-3 year driver’s license revocation, and 1-3 years of ignition interlock device monitoring.
If you have a minor in the car at the time of your 4th Offense DUI arrest or if your BAC (blood alcohol content) is over .17, penalties are more severe. For example, having a child under the age of 16 in your car when you get pulled over for drunk driving on a fourth time offense can increase the maximum prison sentence to 12 years instead of 6.
Increased Sentences for Wisconsin Repeat DUI
The law goes further by increasing the maximum sentence for fifth and sixth offenses from three to five years. Those found guilty of subsequent offenses will be looking at increased maximum sentences ranging from seven years to a decade in prison. The maximum fine moves up to $25,000, which along with jail time, can double if your BAC is excessive or minors are present during the incident.
Waukesha Wisconsin Repeat OWI Defense Lawyer
If you are charged with a Wisconsin repeat DUI/OWI offense, it is important to seek experienced legal representation. The Waukesha,Wisconsin DUI Lawyers of Andrew C. Ladd LLC have extensive legal experience defending Wisconsin residents that have been arrested for repeat drunk driving. We will defend you aggressively against the charges you face to secure a reduction in charges or, in some cases, a DUI dismissal. Contact our office through our website or call today for a free consultation of your case at 262-542-3900.