Milwaukee OWI Attorneys
Defending Against Drunk Driving Charges
In Wisconsin, operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or
alcohol (OWI) is a serious offense. Depending on your circumstances, if
you're convicted, you could be sentenced to jail, prison, and/or be fined.
Additionally, an offense could trigger a driver's license suspension,
which means you would not be able to drive your car, making it challenging
to take care of necessary tasks. An OWI charge does not mean you're guilty,
and it may be possible to fight the accusations to maintain your freedoms
and driving privileges. Mounting an effective defense against a driving
under the influence charge requires the help of a seasoned lawyer who
understands the criminal justice system.
At Ahmad & Associates, our Milwaukee OWI attorneys have taken on various
drunk driving matters, and we have the skills and knowledge needed to
competently handle your case. When you choose us, you'll get personalized
representation while also benefitting from our team approach. Our attorneys
work together to uncover the holes in the prosecution's case and deliver
the compassionate and aggressive defense you need to fight your charge.
We believe in the presumption of innocence, and we will work hard toward
a favorable outcome on your behalf.
If you're ready to challenge the OWI allegations made against you, call us at
What Is an OWI?
In Wisconsin, a person can be charged with operating a vehicle while under
the influence if they have drugs and/or alcohol in their system when they
get behind the wheel. This offense is also referred to as driving under
the influence (DUI) or drunk driving. Regardless of what you call it,
the penalties are harsh and could have a significant impact on your life.
The law provides that you are committing an OWI offense when you drive
or operate a vehicle while impaired. You could be charged whether you
are actually in physical control of the car while it's moving or you manipulate
one of the controls necessary to make the vehicle drive.
Impaired driving means:
- The amount of alcohol in your system was at or above the legal limit (.08
for people 21 years of age or older, .04 for drivers of commercial vehicles);
- The amount of drugs and/or alcohol compromised your ability to safely drive a car; or
- The amount of drugs in your system was detectable
People under 21 years of age cannot have any amount of alcohol in their
system while they're driving. If they do, they could be charged with an offense.
What Are the OWI Conviction Penalties?
If you're charged with an OWI, the penalties you could face depend on your
- A fine between $150 and $300
- If a minor under 16 years of age was in the vehicle at the time of the
offense, the fine increases to between $350 and $1,100
- Driver's license suspension for up to 9 months
Second OWI within 10 years of the first:
- A fine between $350 and $1,100
- A jail term between 5 days and 6 months
- Driver's license suspension for up to 18 months
- A fine between $600 and $2,000
- A jail term between 45 days and 1 year
- Driver's license suspension for up to 3 years
For each subsequent offense, the penalties continue to increase.
Fight Your OWI Charge with Help from Ahmad & Associates
Our Milwaukee OWI attorneys understand the seriousness of a charge, which
is why we will provide dedicated defense for your case. We will stand
up for you from beginning to end, with a focus on protecting your rights.
Discuss your case with our team by calling us at
submitting an online contact form.