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In Wisconsin your first OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) is a civil offense rather than criminal. DUI penalties apply even if your BAC was below the legal limit.

In Madison and all of Wisconsin the court is only concerned with whether your ability to operate the vehicle was impaired. There are several escalating penalties based on the circumstances when you were pulled over:

  • $150-300 fines plus fees and surcharges, which can add to upwards of $900
  • 6-9 month driver’s license revocation
  • Drug and Alcohol Use assessment and follow through treatment
  • .02% blood alcohol limit while you have an occupational license
  • Increase in costs of car insurance and SR22 insurance in order to get the occupational license

If your blood alcohol concentration was over .15, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car and any car titled in your name. 

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The penalties increase if you had a minor under the age of 16 in your vehicle at the time you were pulled over:

  • $350-$1100 in fines
  • $435 ‘driver improvement’ surcharge
  • Up to 18 months driver’s license revocation
  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Up to 18 months with a required ignition interlock device in your vehicle

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A First Offense OWI is More Than Just a Ticket in Dane County

An experienced Grieve Law DUI attorney will use the following tactics to get your charges reduced or dropped:

Illegal Traffic Stop – A good lawyer will call into question the arresting officer’s motivation for your stop. If there was no legitimate reason for pulling you over in the first place, the officer made an illegal stop and you have grounds to fight your OWI charge.

Time of BAC Test – Your BAC actually goes up after you stop drinking as the alcohol makes its way into your bloodstream. Grieve Law has successfully leveraged this technique to calculate that our client was not in fact over a threshold while driving.

Improper Field Sobriety Test – The state of Wisconsin has strict standards for field sobriety tests. If the equipment wasn’t properly calibrated or the procedures were not completely followed and accurately evaluated, you have a case for fighting your DUI charges.Every DUI case, including yours is unique. One of our experienced OWI attorneys will review your charges to determine the best defense for your case.

Each case is unique, though a police officer will not tell you the specific issues in your case. Our team of experienced drunk driving attorneys will review your case and come up with the best defense possible.

Get a Lawyer for Your First OWI Offense in Madison

Your first OWI conviction has severe consequences and puts you at risk of losing your license, or your job. An experienced DUI attorney may be able to reduce your fines or get the charge dropped. The drunk driving lawyers at Grieve Law fight to defend your case and stand up for your rights.

Get a free no obligation consult with our team of award-winning former state prosecutors for honest answers. 
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