Felony OWI Charge

Felony OWI Defense in Wisconsin

A felony OWI offense in Wisconsin is a serious matter that has the possibility of prison time. Unlike a first, a second, or a third offense OWI, a fourth offense and higher is a felony. A fourth offense OWI is a class H felony. This means it is punishable by six years imprisonment. That is some serious prison time and must be taken seriously. In addition, an OWI causing injury can be a felony offense as well. Now just like any case, the ultimate sentence will depend on a variety of factors and the maximum time is not commonly handed out. However, with a fourth offense OWI there is a minimum of 60 days jail. A strong OWI defense is a necessity in these types of cases.

Lower prohibited alcohol concentration for a 4th offense OWI

After a conviction for a third offense OWI you are subject to a .02 BAC. This is four times lower than the .08 prohibited alcohol concentration with first, second and third offense OWIs. If you have more than one drink you are likely over the limit, and depending on what you have, one drink may do it. If an officer pulls you over and smells any alcohol on your breath or in your vehicle you will likely be subject to field sobriety tests.

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Penalties for a Fourth Offense OWI

  • A minimum of 60 days jail up to six years imprisonment.
  • A minimum fine of $600 up to $10,000.
  • Revocation of your driver’s license from 24 months to three years.
  • Ignition Interlock Device for up to three years.
  • Mandatory AODA assessment.
  • Waiting period for an occupational license.

Just like a misdemeanor drunk driving offense, a fourth offense has significant collateral consequences as well. These are not just monetary in nature, a conviction for a fourth offense OWI means that you are a convicted felon! This means you no longer can possess a firearm and your voting rights are taken away until you complete your sentence.

Penalties for a Fifth and Sixth Offense OWI

  • Imprisonment from six months up to 10 years.
  • A minimum fine of $600 up to a fine of $25,000.
  • Revocation of driver’s license from 24 months to 36 months.
  • Mandatory Ignition Interlock Device up to 36 months.
  • Mandatory AODA assessment.
  • Waiting period for an occupational drivers license.

Penalties for a Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth OWI

  • At least 3 years of initial confinement up to 12.5 years of imprisonment.
  • A fine up to $25,000.
  • Revocation of driver’s license from 24 months to 36 months.
  • Mandatory Ignition Interlock Device up to 36 months.
  • Mandatory AODA assessment.
  • Waiting period for an occupational drivers license.

Felony OWI Lawyer in Madison

A conviction for any of these felony OWI charges is a life changer. Jail is a given and prison is very likely. However, probation with conditional jail time is still an option and can greatly reduce the amount of time you initially spend incarcerated. Furthermore, with any felony OWI charge comes the possibility that your fines will be doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled depending on the level of your BAC. The assistance of a felony OWI lawyer can help mitigated many of these penalties. Anderson & O’Connell, S.C. have represented many individuals charged with a felony OWI. We can help, contact us today for a free case evaluation.

Felony OWI Defense Attorney in Madison, WI

Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. will be your advocate when you need it the most!

Whether you are charged with a fourth offense OWI or a seventh offense OWI Anderson & O’Connell, S.C. is your felony OWI attorney. There is to much at stake to go it alone or with an attorney who only occasionally handles drunk driving cases. You need an experienced attorney who knows felony OWI cases. We are experienced  and knowledgeable when it comes to felony OWI defense. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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