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August 2016
4 Reasons You Should Contact a Lawyer for your OWI
Drinking and driving may seem trivial, but the consequences can be serious—and not always readily apparent at the time. A few beers, a failed field sobriety test, or a high test can lead to jail time, loss of driving privileges, significant financial losses, and increased insurance premiums, just to name a few.

In 2003, Wisconsin lowered the blood alcohol content level for all drivers to .08. If you are one of those drivers accused of operating a vehicle with a BAC above that level, you can plead guilty and accept the penalties (if you are clear what those are-don’t be hesitant to ask) or you can consult a lawyer to find out what other options are available to you, such as plea bargaining or sentence bargaining. Every situation is different (both facts and financially), so it’s up to you to decide whether to consult a lawyer to work on your behalf. There are certain situations, however, where it’s clear that hiring a lawyer is in your best interest.
You have previous offenses on your record.
If this is not your first serious driving offense, or you have a previous DUI, OWI, or DWI on your record, the stakes are higher this time around. Second offenses, or offenses that involve minors, can carry possible jail time. In addition, your second or consecutive offenses can mean a significant financial investment in other equipment required by your local enforcement agency (i.e. devices in your vehicles, home, etc.) Contacting a lawyer can give you exact information about penalties and any possible options that may be available to your specific situation.