An Injury Attached To An OWI Charge Can Change Your Life
Tough drunk driving laws nationwide are designed to reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by motorists who drink and drive. Wisconsin and many other states enforce tougher penalties against drunk drivers who injure or kill another person. If you are involved in an injury accident in which you are charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI), you face up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,000. If you cause an injury and it is a second OWI offense, it is a felony that carries a potential $10,000 fine and up to six years in prison.
A drunk driving charge that causes “great bodily harm” is a felony that comes with even stiffer penalties, including 12.5 years in prison. An accident that causes a death can result in a charge of vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide. Clearly, this is not the time to risk your long-term future on an inexperienced defense attorney. I have successfully represented a number of clients in DWI/OWI cases involving injuries. I will work to reduce the impact that an OWI charge has on your job and your life.
A Lawyer Who Puts The Law To Work For You
There are numerous options when defending OWI cases that involve escalated penalties. I will review your case with great care to determine if police followed proper procedures. “Great bodily harm” is defined as any injury that causes serious or permanent disfigurement, damages organ functions, or could result in death. Often, an injury is classified incorrectly and a charge can be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Make Sure You Have Knowledgeable And Experienced Legal Counsel
Prompt action following your arrest is critical. Call 608-401-4507 or use the online contact form on this website to schedule a free consultation. I represent clients throughout central and western Wisconsin from my office in Madison.