Updated on March 24th, 2021 at 07:08 pm

Wisconsin DMV License Suspension for DUI

The Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles plays a large role in the outcome of a Wisconsin drunk driving charge.  The WI DMV has the authority to suspend your license before you even go to court for your WI DUI Charge. The WI DMV is not an organization to mess with or try to understand on your own. You can talk to ten different people and get ten different answers to the same question.

Fighting to keep your license begins immediately. Do not hesitate or you will lose you license!

Fighting for your WI Driver’s License

When you are charged with a Wisconsin DUI the arresting officer will give you a piece of paper known as a Notice of Intent to Revoke. As soon as you receive this YOUR TIMELINES ARE RUNNING!

This means your driver’s license will be suspended in thirty days if a WI DUI Administrative Suspension Review Hearing is not requested.  When the Notice of Suspension is received, a WI driver has ten (10) days from the date of the Notice to request the review hearing.   The hearing focuses on reasonable suspicion of the traffic stop.  The outcome of this hearing determines whether or not your driver’s license will be suspended.

Wisconsin DUI License Suspension Length

If the Wisconsin DMV determines the WI traffic stop was valid, the driver’s license will be suspended.  A first offense DUI in Wisconsin ranges 6-9 months of suspension.  For a Wisconsin DUI 1st Offense you are immediately eligible for a WI Occupational License. In some cases, the DUI charge may be dropped, but their license has already been suspended.  Those months without a WI Driving Privilege cannot be refunded.

Will I Need A WI Ignition Interlock Devices (IID)?

Once a WI driver’s license is suspended, a person may apply for an Occupational Driver’s License.  This license allows driving within certain time periods during the week for purposes of getting to and from work and maintaining a household (i.e. grocery shopping, school functions for kids, etc.).  A driver with a first offense WI DUI is able to apply immediately, unless chemical testing was refused.  This is a thirty day waiting period. A driver with more WI drunk driving offenses have can apply after 45 days or after twelve months if a previous offense occurred within 5 years prior.

If your BAC was over .15 for a first offense or any subsequent DUI Charge, a WI IID must be installed on each car titled in a driver’s name.  In some cases, a person may have a motorcycle and may opt for an exemption of the installation on the motorcycle.  A Wisconsin Ignition Interlock Device is installed to the starter of the vehicle and will require a breath sample prior to starting the vehicle and randomly while driving.

Hire a Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney

Dealing with the DMV can be a hassle.  Understanding the WI suspension review hearings, properly obtaining an Occupational License, and getting the IID installed can be overwhelming.  WI DUI Defense Attorney Nathan J. Dineen of Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C. deals with the DMV on a daily basis.  Attorney Dineen practices 100% DUI Defense in Wisconsin.  He is a certified Field Sobriety Test Instructor and a Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE).  Contact Attorney Dineen for a Free Case Review at 1-877-384-6800.

Nathan J. Dineen