Defense Attorney for Drunk Driving in Milwaukee
How to fight a DUI charge in Wisconsin
Driving drunk or high is on the rise in Wisconsin. This means that traffic stops are on the rise too. More and more we’re seeing a trend of people being wrongly accused of operating vehicles while under the influence.
If you’ve been hit with an OWI charge, the first step is to hire a defense attorney that will be empathetic to your case.
Attorney Sydne French has fought and won hundreds of drunk driving cases for Wisconsin and Illinois drivers (facing Wisconsin OWI charges) in courts across the eastern border of the State of Wisconsin. She is known for negotiating significantly reduced charges, penalties, and dismissals.
Is drunk driving a felony or misdemeanor?
The not-so-simple answer is: it depends. If it is your first offense, an OWI is not a criminal offense. If this is your second, third and so on, the penalties get more serious & you can potentially be charged with a misdemeanor, or in some cases, a felony offense.
Regardless of the type of charge you’re facing, an OWI conviction in Wisconsin can result in:
- Thousands of dollars in fines
- Prison or jail time
- Community service
- Revoked license
What is an Occupational License?
An occupational license is a restricted driver's license. This is a good alternative to having your license taken away completely if you're convicted of drunk driving. The Department of Transportation (DOT) limits your driving in terms of times of day and places to which you may drive. You may only drive to and from work, church, or other places (e.g., medical or treatment/counseling) indicated on the license. You may not use an occupational license for recreational purposes or to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Your total drive time is limited to 12 hours per day and no more than 60 hours per week. If you operate outside the specific hours listed on your occupational license or for a purpose other than those permitted on the license, you could be arrested for operating after suspension or revocation.