Wisconsin judges love to reprimand an individual at an OWI sentencing. They often say "your lucky you didn't hurt someone." Hurting someone while driving drunk is one thing that will get you sentenced to lengthy period of incarceration. Being pulled over after having a few drinks can lead to significant charges and penalties. However, those charges and penalties greatly increase if you injure someone while driving drunk.  Causing injury while operating while intoxicated is a serious drunk driving charge. Prison is not uncommon in these types of cases. Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. can help.

Penalties for an OWI causing injury vary depending on wether it is a first offense OWI, or a second or greater offense. Additionally, an OWI causing great bodily harm or homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle will lead to a significant penalty.

Misdemeanor OWI Causing Injury Charge

Causing injury while OWI is a misdemeanor if it is also your first OWI offense. That does not mean your first offense causing injury, but your first time ever getting an OWI. Therefore mandatory jail and criminal penalties apply. Those penalties are as follows:

  • 30 days to 1 year in jail
  • $300 to $2000 fine
  • Revocation of your driver's license for 1 to 2 years
  • Mandatory ignition interlock device for 1 to 2 years
  • Mandatory AODA assessment

Furthermore, if there is a minor under the age of 16, those penalties double. An attorney who handles drunk driving injury cases can help mitigate these penalties.

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OWI Causing Injury Felony Charges

Felony OWI causing injury charges happen if you previously had an OWI or you cause great bodily harm. Similarly, it is a felony if someone dies, but that is for another time. Penalties in felony DUI cases are severe. The attorneys at Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. are experienced felony OWI causing injury lawyers. If you are facing a causing injury while OWI contact Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. to start your defense.

OWI Causing Injury with a Previous Drunk Driving Conviction

Causing Injury while OWI with prior OWI offense or chemical test refusal is a felony charge. A Class H felony to be exact. A conviction for this charge has the following possible penalties:

  • Up to 6 years imprisonment
  • Fine of $10,000
  • Revocation of Driver's License up to 2 years after confinement time
  • Mandatory Ignition Interlock Device
  • Mandatory AODA

As with the misdemeanor causing injury charge, if a minor child under the age of 16 was in the vehicle your penalties will double. Furthermore, your ability to obtain an occupational license will be impaired.

Causing Great Bodily Harm by OWI

OWI causing great bodily harm is a Class F felony with the possibility of significant prison time. Great Bodily harm is defined as bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death, or which causes serious permanent disfigurement, or which causes a permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ or other serious bodily injury. A conviction for causing great bodily harm by OWI has the following possible penalties:

  • Up to 12. 5 years imprisonment
  • Fine up to $25,000
  • Revocation of 2 years
  • Mandatory Ignition Interlock Device
  • Mandatory AODA assessment

In felony OWI cases it is possible to be placed on probation. However, even if you are placed on probation you will still have to complete at least the minimum amount of jail. This can often be several months of incarceration.

OWI Causing Injury Defense Attorney in Madison, WI

Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. are experienced OWI defense attorneys who handle serious felony OWI cases. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you.