Wisconsin DUI & OWI Defense Attorneys Serving Green Bay, Appleton and Oconto
Since it is such a serious offense that can often lead to vehicle damage, injury, and even death, the state of Wisconsin, like many others in our nation, aggressively pursues people that have been accused of drunk driving. In order to crack down on the issue, the drunk driving laws in the state of Wisconsin are quite strict. Law officials utilize these intense guidelines in order to seek harsh penalties for offenders who have been charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
In 2019, the courts found 20,956 drivers guilty of OWI, out of 22,683 cases filed, with a conviction rate of 92%. You simply cannot effectively defend an OWI case without an experienced OWI lawyer.
If you are convicted of driving under the influence or operating while intoxicated, you face serious consequences that can impact every area of your life. For the best results in court, you need an experienced Green Bay OWI attorney who can help you fight in court and avoid the harsh penalties a conviction carries.
Let Us Fight Your OWI Case
Maciolek Law Group is dedicated to ensuring our clients’ rights are protected as they face a DUI charge. We challenge the arresting officer’s reports, their training, and police procedures, in addition to offering legal advice to our clients throughout the process. As experience, DUI lawyers we continue to do everything in our prower in order to properlyhold the police accountable for their mistakes and law violations to defend our clients accused of OWI.
The state needs to prove three things to convict someone of Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated:
- You drove or operated a motor vehicle;
- On a highway; and
- At the time of the driving, you were impaired to the point where you could not safely operate the vehicle; or that you had a blood alcohol concentration in your blood or breath of 0.08% or more. Blood alcohol content is an important determining factor in understanding the severity of the case made against you by the state for your DUI
If any one of these elements cannot be proved, then you cannot be found guilty of operating a vehicle while impaired.
Let us form your criminal defense by finding any mistakes that the police may have made during their arrest. If an officer violates his internal police procedures, fails to follow his own training, or is unable to apply his training to an OWI stop, you have a defense to your OWI even if you may otherwise be guilty. If your Constitutional rights were violated, the evidence in your DUI/DWI case can be suppressed and thrown out of court. If there is no evidence, there cannot be a conviction of driving under the influence (DUI).
OWI cases also trigger rights in administrative hearings. A Maciolek Law Group attorney can use these hearings to gain major advantages in your OWI case, especially for first time offenders. As experienced and trained defense lawyers in the field, we can have the power and authority to stop administrative suspensions or revocations of your license, and find defenses to present to the judge.
Avoid the Harsh Penalties
Convictions for First offenses are civil, not criminal, but the penalties include large fines and a loss of driving privileges for six to nine months. Second or third offenses are criminal misdemeanors that carry mandatory jail time upon conviction. Fourth and higher offenses are felonies and can result in a lengthy prison sentence. If there are aggravating factors in a case such as the presence of a child in the vehicle, an injury, or death, the penalties can be enhanced.
Your license can be negatively affected if you are convicted of an OWI. If you are convicted of an OWI and fail to properly obtain an occupational license, or fail to properly reinstate your license, your license will remain revoked indefinitely. Partnering with an experienced DWI attorney is the smartest way to combat this and fight back against any charges made against you by the state. We can help you get your license back and avoid additional criminal charges like Operating after Revocation which can lead to substantial fines and even up to a year in jail.
The Best Wisconsin OWI Attorneys
You don’t want to face drunk driving charges in Wisconsin without an experienced OWI attorney. If you’ve been charged with a OWI, contact us today for a free consultation from our law firm and let our team of Green Bay DUI lawyers help you fight