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Your 5th OWI Offense: Felony Drunk Driving Penalties in Wisconsin

Penalties for Fifth OWI in Wisconsin

Fifth OWI Penalties Wisconsin

As of 2017, your 5th OWI offense in Wisconsin is a Class G felony charge carrying extremely severe penalties:

  • $600-$25,000 in fines
  • 2-3 years driver’s license revocation 
  • 1-3 years required ignition interlock device in vehicle
  • 6 months to 10 years in jail
  • Absolute sobriety required for occupational license
  • Travel ban to Canada and problems traveling abroad in European Union

These are on top of the many other fees and requirements imposed following your first, second, third , and fourth DUI convictions. 

 You Are Only Guilty If You Are Convicted®

If there was a minor under the age of 16 in your vehicle at the time of your 5th Wisconsin DUI arrest, all penalties are doubled:

  • $1200-$50,000 in fines
  • 12 months to 20 years in jail
  • 4-6 years driver’s license revocation
  • 4-6 years with a required ignition interlock device in your vehicle
  • Absolute sobriety required for occupational license

In Wisconsin, if you have a 5th DUI arrest with a BAC higher than .17 you face even harsher penalties outlined by the Excessive BAC Escalator:

  • BAC .17 to .199 - Penalties Double
  • BAC .20 to .2499 - Penalties Triple
  • BAC .25 or higher - Penalties Quadruple

The award-winning drunk driving lawyers at Grieve Law can and will take a DUI case to trial to get you the best possible results. 

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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 A Fee-to-Plea™ lawyer won't tell you that. Grieve Law will never compromise on a plea deal at your expense. 

5th Offense OWI in Wisconsin: 5 Ways to Challenge Your Charges

Grieve Law Fights Felony Drunk Driving Charges

When you’re facing a 5th OWI conviction you need an experienced drunk driving lawyer fighting for your case. The award-winning legal team at Grieve Law has a successful track record of getting their clients’ DUI charges reduced or eliminated. You CAN defend against felony DUI charges, and a good attorney is essential.

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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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