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The Days Of Handling An OWI Charge Without A Lawyer Have Passed

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.

Why Do I need a DUI or OWI Attorney in wisconsin?

Wisconsin Statute § 346.63 defines operating while intoxicated (OWI) as driving or operating a motor vehicle:

(a) Under the influence of an intoxicant, a controlled substance, a controlled substance analog or any combination of an intoxicant, a controlled substance and a controlled substance analog, under the influence of any other drug to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving, or under the combined influence of an intoxicant and any other drug to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving; or
(am) The person has a detectable amount of a restricted controlled substance in his or her blood.
(b) The person has a prohibited alcohol concentration.

 If you are arrested in Wisconsin for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI), you will face $1,000 or more in fines, a possible OWI conviction, 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.

“Chris worked his magic and was able to get my OWI charge reduced to reckless driving, which completely exceeded my expectations. If you hire Chris, you won’t have to stress or worry about anything. Your situation will end better than if you tried to handle it yourself or hired someone else.” – Shawn D. (February 2015)

Minimize The Impact Of An OWI Charge

In this day and age, a person who faces a drunk driving charge without a lawyer is practically begging for the stiffest possible penalties. I am Christopher T. Van Wagner, an experienced DUI/ OWI defense attorney who has a proven record of helping Wisconsin residents minimize the impact of a drunk driving charge.

Choosing the Right OWI Lawyer in Madison, WI

You’re chilling with friends on a Saturday night, perhaps a little bit carried away, and the next thing you know, there’s a dreaded OWI charge looming over your head. It feels like the world’s weight is on your shoulders, but remember: it’s all about the choices we make next. And one vital choice? Picking the right OWI lawyer in Madison.

Tip #1: Experience Matters You wouldn’t ask a fish to climb a tree, would you? Similarly, make sure your lawyer has a track record in OWI cases. It’s one thing to know the law, but having hands-on experience navigating Madison’s legal landscape? That’s pure gold!

Tip #2: Free Consultation? Real talk? Any lawyer worth their salt in Madison will offer you a free consultation. It’s like a sneak peek into how they’ll handle your case. Use this time wisely. Ask questions, gauge their knowledge, and, more importantly, see if you vibe with them. Trust your gut.

Tip #3: Fee Structure Clarity Ever been stung by those hidden charges that pop up outta nowhere? Yeah, we all have. When discussing fees with a potential lawyer, clarity is key. Are they charging a flat fee or by the hour? Are there any additional costs? Make sure you’re not left in the dark.

Call Today To Put An Experienced Wisconsin OWI Lawyer In Your Corner

I have a record of success in complicated OWI cases as well. It is not the time to take chances with your future. Call 608-401-4507 or email me to schedule a consultation. I will review your case, provide a candid assessment and recommend an effective course of action. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I represent clients throughout central and western Wisconsin from my office in Madison.