Updated on April 25th, 2018 at 10:41 pm

 Watch Out Illinois Drivers! A Wisconsin DUI Hurts… A Lot!

Illinois Drivers Beware! If you are charged with a WI DUI you face much harsher consequences than you would in Illinois. Your Wisconsin DUI penalties will also be more severe than a Wisconsin driver. Why? There are vast differences between the Illinois and Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Legal System.

Wisconsin DUI First Offense for an Illinois Driver

A First Offense Illinois DUI is usually dropped to a lesser charge (a.k.a. a non-alcohol related offense, i.e. reckless driving). If an Illinois driver has an actual DUI conviction on their record, it usually means it is their second or potentially third.  Whereas, in Wisconsin, a first offense WI DUI is a lesser charge, a traffic citation, for a Wisconsin driver and does not get plead down or dropped.  When Wisconsin’s D.O.T. reports the Wisconsin DUI Conviction to Illinois, the State of Illinois will treat it as potentially a second or third offense.  Illinois penalties are harsh for repeat drunk driving offenders. An Illinois driver will likely face license suspension between one year and life. A Wisconsin first offense DUI license suspension ranges from 6-9 months.

Illinois Drivers with a Wisconsin OWI: Temporary License

Wisconsin offers its residents a chance to apply for an Occupational Driver’s License. The process is quick and simple. Getting a Wisconsin Occupational License is a right and is not discretionary. Illinois offers a Restricted Driver’s Permit (RDP). This is a program that is at the discretion of the state, meaning you have to fight to get your license back. The process is lengthy, involving formal hearings and completion of alcohol counseling.

Wisconsin DUI IL Driver: What Should I Do Now?

Make no mistake! You are in for a fight! You have to aggressively fight your Wisconsin OWI in Wisconsin and in Illinois! A typical Plea Bargain deal that inexperienced criminal defense attorneys will take will hurt you more than you know. Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney Nathan J. Dineen works closely with many Illinois DUI Defense Attorneys to work through the entire process. Attorney Dineen practices 100% DUI Defense in Wisconsin. He understands the legal process and consequences an Illinois driver will face when charged with a Wisconsin DUI. Contact him at 877-384-6800 for a Free Case Review.