What is A Felony?
There are three types of charges a person can face. The first is a citation, which results in a fine. The second is a misdemeanor, which results in up to one year in county jail. A misdemeanor allows for Huber privileges. The third is a felony. When a person thinks of a felony, they may think of murder or homicide, or white collar crimes such as laundering money, etc. A felony is any crime in which a person is sentenced to prison.
Wisconsin First Offense OWI
A person charged for a first time drunk driving offense in Wisconsin is receiving a traffic violation. The penalties include a fine, license suspension for 6 months to a year, AODA Assessment, and installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .15 or more. A first offense will be charged as a misdemeanor if the driver has a passenger under the age of 16 during the time of arrest.
Second, Third, and Fourth WI OWI Charges
A second, third or fourth offense Wisconsin OWI is a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor Wisconsin drunk driving charge is up to one year in jail, one year minimum driver’s license suspension, mandatory IID on all vehicles in your name, and AODA Assessment and treatment. A fourth offense becomes a felony if a prior DUI arrest occurred within 5 years. Wisconsin has new law proposals for drunk driving. If these laws pass, a third offense would be a felony.
Wisconsin OWI Felony Charge
A felony for a OWI is charged with 5 or more offenses. These also include drunk driving offenses causing great bodily harm or homicide. These convictions are a minimum of one year to life in prison. Felony OWI charges would potentially cost tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
Charged With Wisconsin Felony OWI?
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