DUI/OWI in Wisconsin comes with severe penalties. Even first time offenses can result in criminal charges that can haunt you for the rest of your life in addition to the loss of your driver’s license and hefty fines.
At J. Kippa Law, LLC, we understand how distressing it is to face these harsh consequences and know that you have many questions about protecting your rights and your future. Read on for answers to some of the most commonly asked DUI/OWI questions we receive at our Appleton firm or contact us now to speak to an attorney about your situation.
You need to act quickly to protect your license. You have 10 days to request a court hearing after refusing a breath or blood test. If you fail to request a hearing you will lose your driver’s license for a year (longer if you have prior refusals). Having the assistance of an experienced attorney at your hearing gives you a fighting chance to save your license and limit the damage.
A lawyer is not required but it’s definitely a good idea if your goal is to reduce your exposure to harsh civil and/or criminal penalties.
An OWI (1st) is typically a civil offense – all subsequent offenses, and firsts under limited circumstances, are criminal. If it is charged criminally it can expose you to penalties such as jail time and probation. The civil penalties are no picnic either. They include:
Having an experienced defense lawyer on your side ensures you will be aware of your rights and defense options and have every chance at lessening your exposure to civil and criminal penalties.
Can you afford not to have a lawyer for your OWI case?
Nothing about OWI is cheap – lawyer fees included. However, money spent on a proven OWI defense lawyer can result in money not spent on things like fines, increased insurance premiums, and ignition interlock devices.
The long-term costs of an OWI conviction can be staggering, both legally and financially. If possible, a settlement short of trial might limit some of the damages but if that is not possible, sometimes one must fight the allegations and be willing to take it to trial. Whatever is the right route for you, J. Kippa Law is there to assist. Perhaps what is most important is that a client makes an educated decision to take the case to trial and that is something that the lawyers at J.Kippa Law are equipped to do.
An experienced attorney who can guide you to the best possible outcome in your case is money well spent.
The choices you make in the aftermath of an OWI arrest will affect the rest of your life. The best thing you can do right now is speak to an experienced defense lawyer about your options. Our proven lawyers represent clients in Appleton, Green Bay, Oshkosh, and surrounding Wisconsin communities. Call us now at 920-733-1100 for a free consultation.