If you have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, you likely have a lot of questions. You may be wondering how it will affect your life and your future – and how much it’s going to cost. You also may be wondering just how serious a first-time DUI/OWI really is, especially as Wisconsin is the only state to treat it as a traffic offense rather than a criminal matter – leading you to question whether you need to retain an attorney.
The fact is that any drunk driving charge is serious – regardless of its legal classification. A drunk driving conviction could have significant legal and collateral consequences that could have an impact on every aspect of your life. For this reason, anyone facing a drunk driving charge should retain a lawyer immediately.
How a DUI/OWI Defense Lawyer Can Protect Your Future
Facing a first-time DUI/OWI charge in Wisconsin can be a daunting experience, especially considering that it is primarily treated as a traffic offense in the state. However, don’t let the classification mislead you; a DUI/OWI conviction can still have significant and long-lasting consequences. This is where the expertise of a skilled DUI/OWI defense lawyer becomes invaluable in safeguarding your future.
Understanding the Legal Landscape
One of the primary benefits of hiring one of the DUI/OWI defense lawyers at Stroud, Willink, and Howard, LLC, is their deep understanding of Wisconsin’s DUI/OWI laws. We know the nuances of the legal system and can navigate it effectively on your behalf. This knowledge is crucial because even though a first-time DUI/OWI is a traffic offense, the penalties can still include fines, license suspension, and even potential incarceration under certain circumstances.
Exploring Possible Defenses
Our DUI/OWI defense attorneys will meticulously review the details of your case to identify any potential weaknesses or errors made by law enforcement during your arrest. They may challenge the validity of the traffic stop, the accuracy of field sobriety tests, or the maintenance records of breathalyzer equipment. These defense strategies can be pivotal in getting charges reduced or dismissed.
Negotiating with Prosecutors
Our DUI/OWI defense lawyers have experience in negotiating with prosecutors to seek the best possible outcome for our clients. This may involve plea bargains that result in reduced charges or sentencing options that prioritize rehabilitation over punitive measures.
Protecting Your Driving Privileges
In Wisconsin, a DUI/OWI conviction can lead to the suspension of your driver’s license, which can disrupt your daily life, affecting your job, family, and overall well-being. A skilled attorney can work to protect your driving privileges by exploring options like occupational licenses or appealing license suspension decisions.
Avoiding a Criminal Record
While a first-time DUI/OWI in Wisconsin is not a criminal offense, it can still leave a mark on your record. A DUI/OWI defense lawyer may be able to help you avoid this by securing a deferred prosecution agreement or an expungement of your DUI/OWI charge, ensuring your future opportunities are not hampered by a criminal record.
Schedule a Consultation with a Wisconsin DUI/OWI Defense Lawyer Today
If you have been accused of drunk driving, it’s in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Our attorneys have training in the science of DUI/OWI evidence collection and will use this to aid your case. We also can help you take other steps that may lead to a dismissal or reduction of charges, such as enrolling in a qualified treatment program. To schedule a consultation with an attorney, call our office today or contact us online.