Updated on February 3rd, 2021 at 10:49 pm

When a Wisconsin driver gets pulled over by a police officer, he is likely to become nervous and maybe fumble words.  A driver who has consumed alcohol is likely to have slurred speech, red glassy eyes, and slow reaction.  A Wisconsin police officer may see these as signs of intoxication.  An arrest for drunk driving is likely.

First Time Wisconsin DUI Offense

A first offense of drunk driving is considered a traffic violation in Wisconsin.  A first offense Wisconsin DUI includes a fine, license suspension ranging from 6 months to a year, AODA assessment, Victim Impact Panel, and potential installation of an IID if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over .15.  However, a driver with a minor passenger under the age of 16 will face a misdemeanor charge along with jail time.

Wisconsin DUI Misdemeanor Offenses

Second, third, and fourth Wisconsin DUI offenses are considered misdemeanors; however, a fourth offense occurring within 5 years of a prior offense is a Felony.  A misdemeanor in Wisconsin could mean up to one year in county jail.  There is a minimum of a year driver’s license suspension, mandatory installation of an IID on all vehicles in your name, and an alcohol assessment and treatment.  Penalties increase if an accident occurred or a person has a high Blood Alcohol Content (BAC).

Five or More DUI Offenses

These convictions are Felonies, which mean prison time and potentially tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

Hire a Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney

Attorney Nathan J. Dineen of Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C. is an experienced Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney.  He practices 100% DUI Defense in Eastern Wisconsin.  Attorney Dineen has offices in Germantown, West Bend, Appleton, and Sister Bay for the convenience of his clients.  Contact him at 1-877-384-6800 for a Free Case Review.