OWI - Operating While Impaired
DUI - Driving Under the Influence
DWI - Driving While Intoxicated
Law enforcement throughout the State of Wisconsin has increased their efforts to keep drunk drivers off of our roads. If you drink and drive, even if you think you are not impaired, you stand a great chance in getting pulled over and possibly arrested. It is important to remain calm when pulled over by law enforcement in any situation and be courteous to the officer. A defensive, belligerent person could also face Disorderly Conduct or Resisting Arrest charges. If the officer suspects you have been drinking he may ask you to perform field sobriety tests and also require you to take a breath test. In some cases you may be transported to the local hospital for a blood-alcohol test.
In Wisconsin your 1st conviction of OWI may only be a municipal citation, which results in driver's license suspension and fines. With each subsequent charge they are considered criminal and will be prosecuted through the Circuit Court. The license suspension, jail time and fines increase with each conviction. Currently, the 5th conviction of OWI is a felony with a probable prison sentence. The attorneys at the Law Office of John A. Best will negotiate with the prosecuting attorney for the lowest possible jail time and fines.
Our advice is not to drink and drive, but in the event you are charged, contact West Bend Attorneys at the Law Office of John A. Best for an evaluation of your case and honest answers to your questions.