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OWI with Children in the Car

While most states refer to a drunk driving charge as a DUI (driving under the influence), Wisconsin uses the term OWI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated). The penalties for an OWI increase every time you get an OWI within ten years.

One Waukesha woman found out how these penalties work first hand. Thirty-eight-year-old Shelly Greeson was recently arrested for her fourth OWI in ten years. To make matters worse, her license had been revoked and she had two children in the car with her. 

Police officers suspected she was driving under the influence when they saw her swerving in and out of traffic. This suspension was confirmed when she handed the officer a credit card after being asked for her ID. The combination of charges means Greeson will be facing very harsh penalties.

Penalties for OWI

1st2nd 3rd4th5th
JailNone5 days – 6 months30 days -1 year60 days – 1 year6 months – 6 years
Fines$150 – $300$300 – $1,100$600 – $2,000$600 – $2,000$600 – $10,000
License Suspension 6 – 9 months12 – 18 months2 – 3 years2 – 3 years2 – 3 years
IID NoYesYesYesYes


With kids under 16-years-old in the car.


1st2nd 3rd
Jail5 days minimumUp to a yearUp to 2 years
Fines$350 – $1,100$700 – $2,200$1,200 – $4,000
License Suspension Up to 18 months2 – 3 years4 – 6 years
IID YesYesYes


The lawyers at Huppertz & Powers have more than 30 years of experience helping Wisconsins overcome OWIs. If you’ve been charged with an OWI call Huppertz & Powers. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or your fourth, we can help you pick up the pieces and move on with your life after an OWI.

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