A Comprehensive Approach To Drunk Driving Defense

Operating a vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol is a risky decision. In truth, just one or two drinks can impair your ability to drive. Still, mistakes happen, and if you find yourself stopped by a police officer, you may be in line for harsh penalties due to an operating while intoxicated (OWI) offense.

DeMarb Brophy LLC can help. Brian Brophy, one of our firm’s founding lawyers, has extensive experience in criminal law that includes time spent as a prosecutor. Attorney Brophy brings his considerable perspective to each case that we accept, and we always seek the most beneficial outcome possible for our Madison clients.

Even A First Offense Can Net A Severe Penalty

Wisconsin views an OWI as a significant criminal offense. Because of the state’s strict approach to these violations, even a first-time offender can expect to lose their driver’s license for a period of six to nine months. Other examples of OWI penalties include:

  • Mandatory alcohol treatment programs: Wisconsin requires that those convicted of an OWI take part in a mandatory alcohol evaluation. This evaluation can be used to educate the offender as well as determine their sobriety testing schedule.
  • Ignition interlock devices (IID): The court can stipulate that an IID be installed in an offender’s car after reinstating their license. These expensive devices measure the alcohol in a driver’s system before allowing them to start a car.
  • Considerable fines: Multiple OWI offenses can elicit fines as high as $2,000.
  • Jail time: An offender’s second OWI conviction can mean spending six months in jail. A third offense can result in a one-year sentence, while a fourth offense is an automatic Class H felony that may lead to up to six years in jail.
  • Community service: A judge can order community service after an OWI conviction, which may mean a significant time commitment that interferes with an offender’s work schedule.

While an OWI is often the result of a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater, that is not the only path to an impaired driving violation. The use of prescription or illegal drugs is also a violation of state law and can land a driver with a costly OWI offense.

Call Demarb Brophy LLC Today To Schedule A Consultation

An OWI is never just a minor ticket. These offenses can mean surrendering your license and possibly your freedom, which can greatly impact your livelihood. Mr. Brophy is ready to advocate on your behalf. Call 608-310-5500 today to schedule a consultation. You may also contact our lawyers online.