Will a Wisconsin Driver Get Maximum Penalty for 5th OWI Charge?by Gamino Law Offices on 08/02/13
Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) is a serious crime in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, especially if it’s a repeat offense. Even a first-time Milwaukee OWI charge can lead a motorist to incur expensive fines and fees, be ordered to attend alcohol or drug rehabilitation courses, and incur several points on their license. Yet, if severe enough, even a first-time OWI can lead to imprisonment for the driver, especially if there was a minor in the vehicle or if the driver caused a serious accident with injuries to other motorists or pedestrians.
Attorney Carlos Gamino cautions that once a Wisconsin driver starts incurring multiple OWI convictions, the penalties will increase, leading up to a felony charge. That equates to years in prison and eventually, revocation of the motorist’s driver’s license.
Just yesterday, a 61-year-old driver was arrested for his 5th Milwaukee OWI offense, after authorities stopped him for speeding and deviating within his lane. When officers approached the man, they asked him to perform a series of field sobriety tests, which they claim he performed poorly on
The driver already had four prior OWI convictions from as far back as 1993 to as recent as 2000, but he had not been convicted for any alcohol-related charges in the past 13 years. Could this mean the man turned over a new leaf? Could be. But once officers noticed his prior record, it wasn’t long before the man was slapped with another OWI charge.
According to a report of the incident, the man’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .06%, but because of prior convictions, he was prohibited from driving with a BAC level over .02%
The driver is now facing up to six years in prison if he is convicted for his 5th Milwaukee OWI offense, but with the help of an experienced Milwaukee criminal defense attorney, the penalties for the crime can potentially be lowered.