A person should understand their rights after receiving a Wisconsin OWI.  It is also important to not make any mistakes during or after this incident.  A Wisconsin OWI is a serious charge, and it should be handled that way.  Making these decisions in a timely manner will be in your benefit.

Mistake #1: Admitting to Drinking in Wisconsin

Do not admit to drinking prior to driving a vehicle in Wisconsin.  This does not mean a person should lie to a Wisconsin officer.  Simply keep quiet or request to speak with a Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney after your blood or breath test.

Mistake #2: Refusing Wisconsin Blood/Breath Tests

Refusing a Wisconsin Blood or Breath Test(s) give Wisconsin police officers probable cause to arrest you for a Wisconsin OWI.  A refusal also leads to an automatic suspension of a driver’s license for a minimum of one (1) year.   A 1 year suspension is a harsher penalty than a first offense Wisconsin DUI, which is 6-9 months.

Mistake #3:  Not Requesting a Wisconsin Administrative Review Hearing

An Administrative Review Hearing must be requested within 10 days of the date on the Notice of Intent to Suspend/Revoke.  Once a person receives this Notice, they have thirty days before his/her driver’s license is suspended.  However, if an Administrative Review Hearing is requested, a person’s driver’s license may not be automatically suspended at that time.

Mistake #4: Hiring a Wisconsin Criminal Defense Attorney

A Wisconsin OWI is a crime, so it would seem to make sense to hire an attorney who defends criminal charges; however, many laws change over time and a criminal attorney has a broad range of cases to follow.  It is important to understand that a Wisconsin DUI Defense attorney will keep up on the new and changing laws of Wisconsin DUI Defense.

Mistake #5: Not Seeking A Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney

Seeking the advice from a Wisconsin attorney will help you defend a drunk driving charge.  It is not to a person’s benefit to try to handle a Wisconsin OWI on their own.  Even if a person has sought the advice from many different attorneys does not mean that he/she has the ability to appropriately fight a Wisconsin drunk driving case.

Who Should You Hire to Fight Your Wisconsin OWI?

Wisconsin Drunk Driving Defense Attorney Nathan J. Dineen of Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C solely practices Wisconsin DUI Defense.  He is a member of the College of DUI Defense and is certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE). He understands the difficulties his clients are facing and fights for the best outcome possible for each individual.  Contact Attorney Dineen at 1-800-805-1976 or Complete A Free DUI Case Review.