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2nd Offense Drunk Driving Penalties in Wisconsin

Penalties for Your 2nd Offense OWI in Wisconsin

2nd DUI Wisconsin Penalties

Your 2nd DUI in Wisconsin is a misdemeanor charge (if your BAC is under .08) and carries several penalties based on the circumstances when you were arrested:

  • $350-$1100 in fines
  • $435 ‘driver improvement’ surcharge
  • 12-18 months driver’s license revocation
  • 5 days-6 months in jail
  • 12-18 months required ignition interlock device in vehicle
  • $1500 driver safety plan$250 alcohol and drug assessment
  • Travel ban to Canada and problems traveling abroad in European Union

In addition, you will be required to carry SR22 high-risk auto insurance, and pay higher rates for your life and health insurance.

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If you had a minor under the age of 16 in your vehicle at the time you were arrested, the penalties increase:

  • $700-$2200 in fines
  • $435 ‘driver improvement’ surcharge
  • Up to 18 months driver’s license revocation
  • 10 days to 1 year in jail
  • Up to 2 years with a required ignition interlock device in your vehicle
  • Absolute sobriety required for occupational license

In Wisconsin, DUI penalties apply even if your BAC was below the legal limit. The court is only concerned with whether your ability to operate the vehicle was impaired.

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A Fee-to-Plea™ Lawyer Will Say, “There’s Not Much You Can Do.” Be Wary!

Tactics an experienced DUI lawyer can use to get your charges reduced or dropped:

Your traffic stop was illegal – If you were stopped without due cause, you have grounds to fight your OWI charge. A good lawyer can call into question the arresting officer’s motivations. If there was no legitimate reason for pulling you over in the first place, the officer made an illegal stop.

Time of Test for BAC – 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. The client would’ve been home in time if not for being pulled over!

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.

Your case is unique, but a Fee-to-Plea™ lawyer won’t tell you that. Grieve Law will examine your 2nd DUI charges and determine the best defense for your case.

7 Grim Realities Your 2nd Offense OWI Makes You Face

Your 2nd OWI Is a Criminal Charge, and You DO Need a Lawyer

An experienced DUI attorney may be able to reduce the charge or even get it dismissed. The award-winning legal team at Grieve Law knows Wisconsin DUI laws backwards and forwards, and has a proven record of successfully reducing drunk driving charges for our clients.

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By: Attorney Tom Grieve on 03/06/2020

Tom Grieve is a former prosecutor who now runs a successful Wisconsin criminal defense law firm with offices in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Madison. If are facing new charges initial phone consultations are free: contact online or call 262-786-7100.

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