Operating While Intoxicated

While an OWI charge can happen to anyone, that does not mean an OWI charge is a small matter.

Although a first offense OWI in Wisconsin is not a criminal matter, a conviction can lead to license revocation, a significant fine, a mandatory alcohol and other drug assessment (likely not covered by insurance) and possibly an Ignition Interlock Device (IID).  It may adversely affect international travel as well. Insurance premiums are virtually guaranteed to at least double.  A subsequent conviction will result in increased fines, a jail sentence is mandatory, and insurance may only be available from special, costly providers. Even if you are able to pay for all of it and make it to work, an OWI charge can disqualify a person from many types of employment.