What Are The Penalties For Drunk Driving Wisconsin?

Wisconsin law takes drunk driving very seriously. In fact, if you are convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) in Wisconsin, you can face several severe drunk driving penalties, even if it is your first offense. These penalties may include:

First offense:

  • Revocation of your license for six to nine months
  • Forfeiture/fine ranging from $150 to $300
  • Installation of ignition interlock device on all of your vehicles if you had a blood alcohol concentration greater than .15 percent or if you refused a Breathalyzer test

Second offense within 10 years:

  • Revocation of your license for 12 to 18 months
  • Jail time of five days to six months
  • Forfeiture/fine ranging from $350 to $1,100
  • Installation of ignition interlock device on all of your vehicles

Third offense in your lifetime

  • Revocation of your license for two to three years
  • Jail time of 45 days to one year
  • Forfeiture/fine ranging from $600 to $2,000
  • Installation of ignition interlock device on all of your vehicles

Beginning in 2017, a fourth OWI offense will be a Class H felony in Wisconsin. Also, it is important to note that if you injure someone while driving intoxicated, or if you have a passenger in the car under the age of 16, the penalties mentioned above can increase significantly. In some cases, they can even double.

Given what is at stake if you are arrested and charged with drunk driving, you need to contact a lawyer who has extensive criminal law experience as soon as possible. Prosecutors and police are not going to waste any time building their case against you, so you need to act quickly to ensure your rights are protected.

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With more than 40 years of legal experience, attorney Thomas Marola possesses the skill and knowledge you need to defend yourself against OWI-related charges. The sooner you contact The Law Offices of Thomas Marola, the sooner we can begin building your case. So call our West Allis office today at 414-395-5654, or reach out to us online, for your free legal consultation. We defend clients throughout the Milwaukee area.