Milwaukee DUI Attorney
DUI Penalties in Wisconsin
If you have been arrested and charged with drunk driving, DUI (driving under the influence) or OWI (operating a motor vehicle while under the influence) you need the skilled representation of a Milwaukee attorney as soon as possible! There are harsh penalties associated with a DUI conviction but with the help of Jason from the Law Offices of Jason D. Baltz on your side, you may be able to have the charges reduced or dismissed altogether.
The penalties for a DUI (driving under the influence) conviction in Milwaukee vary depending on the exact circumstances of the incident. The court will look how far over the maximum BAC (blood alcohol concentration) the defendant is past .08%. Also, if illegal drugs are involved, or it is a repeat offense the penalties become more severe each time and you risk losing your license for good. If you caused a car accident while driving under the influence and it resulted in injury or fatality, not only will you have to face serious consequences, but you may be held liable if they file a personal injury claim against you.
First Time DUI Conviction
- Hundreds of dollars in fines
- Up to 6 months in jail
- License revoked up to 9 months
- Installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) in car
Multiple DUI Conviction (previous charge within 5 - 10 years)
- Up to 6 years imprisonment
- $10,000 in fines
- Up to 3 years license suspension
- and More.
How Long Does Your First DUI Stay on Your Record in Wisconsin?
Your first DUI will stay on your criminal record for the rest of your life unless you can get it expunged. Wisconsin maintains a record of a driver’s DUI conviction for 10 years, and drivers are assessed six points for driving under the influence on their driving record. Those points remain for a period of five years. So for example, if you received another DUI within ten years of your previous DUI, it will count as a subsequent DUI. If you received your first DUI ten years before your second DUI, then the second one will count as a second. If you received your second DUI 11 years after your first, it will count as your first DUI. A DUI will still raise your car insurance rates because of the obvious risks of driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Do DUI Rates Increase During the Holidays?
During the holidays, law enforcement is typically expecting more drunk drivers on the road and because of this assumption they are ultimately going to find more. Behavior that might have been passable and safe months ago is now considered dangerous and worthy of a traffic stop.
Furthermore, the cold weather is working against drivers as well. The increased difficulty to maintain control of your vehicle as the roads get frosty can make it seem as if you are more intoxicated than you really are. Think about it from an outside perspective: if you see a car wiggling or skidding after leaving a party, are you really going to think it is roadway conditions that are causing the trouble, or is alcohol to blame?
Lastly, eggnog, champagne, and other spirits are passed around merrily during the holidays so it is important to remember possessing a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level higher than 0.08% – the widely-known legal standard – is all you need to be arrested for a DUI, or OWI (operating while intoxicated).
Preserving Your Driving Privileges
Everything comes together for law enforcement when individuals have any alcohol in their system and operating a motor vehicle, but if you have been charged by law enforcement for drinking in driving you still have a fighting chance. We offer free initial consultations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don't hesitate to contact us when you need us.
Call (414) 375-0797 today and get in touch with a Milwaukee DUI attorney from The Law Offices of Jason D. Baltz.
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