New Penalties for a 4th Offense OWI in Wisconsin
Beginning December 1, 2018 a charge and conviction for a 4th offense OWI (OWI and DUI mean the same thing) in Wisconsin will result in a lifetime revocation of your driver’s license. That’s right, you will permanently lose your driving privileges if you are convicted of four OWI-Related offenses during your lifetime. This law will apply to all fourth and subsequent offenses. This is a significant change to already serious consequences for a felony OWI conviction.
A Fourth Offense DUI is a Felony in Wisconsin
This is the second recent change in the last few years regarding penalties for fourth offense DUI. Previously Wisconsin made a fourth offense DUI conviction a felony no matter when it occurred. This is a change from the previous law where a fourth offense DUI was only a felony if it happened within five years of your third offense DUI. In addition to the lifetime revocation of your driver’s license, a conviction for a fourth offense has a minimum of six months jail up to six years in prison, a fine of $600 up to $10,000, as well as an ignition interlock device order.
The importance of quality representation for DUI charges
Too much is on the line with an OWI charge to hire anyone but the best when it comes to OWI defense attorneys. The penalties for OWI convictions in Wisconsin continue to get stiffer and stiffer. Whether or not you are facing a fourth offense OWI or a first offense OWI having quality representation can mean the difference between a conviction or a dismissal. Every OWI case is different and many can be difficult to win. However, our Madison, WI OWI attorneys can make sure you receive a fair outcome. Contact us today to start your defense.
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