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Wisconsin OWI Information

In Wisconsin, anyone with a blood alcohol level of .08%, or greater, is considered to be OWI (operating while intoxicated).  First time offenders will generally not face any jail time, but will face fines ranging from $150.00 to $300.00 plus court costs. 

First time offenders can expect to receive a license suspension ranging from six to nine months.  From the date of the ticket, an offender will have ten days in which to request a hearing or he/she will face an automatic license suspension.  Anyone refusing to submit to a blood alcohol content test will also be subject to an additional license suspension of up to one year.  In this scenario, the individual will not be eligible for an occupational license for 30 days.

Wisconsin offenders may be required to undergo some type of alcohol evaluation and/or treatment program if the court deems it necessary.  In some cases, an occupational license may be issued if the court feels the driver is not a threat to the general public and this is his/her first offense.  This type of temporary license will allow the offender to drive to and from certain places, including work, school, medical appointments and/or treatment programs.

Youthful offenders, who consist of anyone under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol content of .02% or higher, will be subject to similar penalties imposed on adult offenders.  Individuals who are convicted of OWI, which causes personal injury or death, may face felony charges and much harsher penalties.  The same is true of anyone who is found to be under the influence while transporting a passenger, or passengers, under 16 years of age.

Upon conviction or an admission of guilt, OWI offenders are commonly faced with problems relating to their insurance company.  Immediately being labeled as “high risk” drivers, offenders are often dropped by their insurance company altogether or, at the very least, are required to pay much higher rates than before.  In the event that the offender is forced to look for a new insurance provider, he/she may have a difficult time finding a new company who offers high risk policies but, if they do, the rates will likely be extremely high for the amount of coverage granted.





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