There may have been a time when a person facing a drunk driving charge could show up in court without legal representation and get through the process relatively unscathed, but those days are long gone. The stigma attached to drunk driving nationwide has resulted in severe penalties and aggressive enforcement of drunk driving laws.
If you are arrested in Wisconsin for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI), you will face $1,000 or more in fines and an increase in insurance rates, and your driver’s license can be revoked for up to nine months. If your blood alcohol content was .15 or above, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car. What’s more, a Wisconsin OWI charge triggers legal action on two fronts: the court case involving the criminal charge and an administrative hearing regarding your driving privileges.