While a first operating while intoxicated (OWI) offense is classified as a traffic violation in Wisconsin, those who are convicted of a second offense within five years may be subject to more serious criminal penalties. If you are currently facing a second drunk-driving charge, working with a seasoned OWI defense is in your best interests.
The sentence for a second OWI offense depends on the extenuating circumstances in your case. For example, if you were transporting a child under the age of 16 while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, your criminal sentence will be increased. Driving with a blood alcohol content of .15% or higher or causing an alcohol-related accident could also result in more severe consequences.
If convicted of a standard second offense OWI, you could face a minimum of five days and a maximum of six months behind bars, fines ranging from $350-$1,100 (plus a $365 OWI surcharge), an alcohol assessment, and a 12- to 18-month driver’s license revocation. You will also be required to mount an ignition interlock device in your vehicle in order to regain your driving privileges.
In the event that you were arrested while transporting a minor, the sentence could be increased to 10 days to 12 months in jail, fines ranging from $700-$2,200 (plus the OWI surcharge), a two- to three-year license revocation and the installation of an ignition interlock device.
These aren’t the only consequences you may be subject to upon a second conviction—you could also face repercussions in your personal life. More than likely, your insurance company will raise your premiums (or even drop your coverage) once you request SR-22 insurance, which is required to get your license reinstated. In addition, having a criminal conviction on your record could make applying for employment more difficult.
At Tracey Wood & Associates, we know OWI defense. Thanks to our legal team’s experience and training, we have helped a numerous clients successfully navigate the legal system to secure a favorable resolution to their charges.
To learn how we can put our knowledge to work for you, please complete our online contact form now to set up a time for an initial case evaluation.