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Drunk Driving: OWI/DWI/DUI

Drunk Driving: OWI/DWI/DUI


If you have been arrested and charged with OWI (operating while intoxicated) in Wisconsin, it is vitally important to retain a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. You only have 10 days to challenge automatic suspension of your driver’s license. A Waukesha DUI/DWI defense attorney can also begin work immediately to keep you out of jail and/or protect you from other serious punishments.


At Huppertz & Powers, S.C., our Waukesha drunk driving defense attorneys have helped thousands of people struggling with drunk driving charges in Wisconsin. You have nothing to lose by contacting us; the first meeting is on us. If we take your case, our law firm will immediately begin work to prevent your license from being suspended and aggressively defend you from severe penalties.

Drunk Driving Laws in Wisconsin


In Wisconsin, a DUI is called an OWI (operating while intoxicated).

You may also be charged with operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration (.08 or more, or .02 if it is a fourth offense or greater) or operating with a detectable amount of a controlled substance (drugged driving). In most cases, your driver’s license is suspended 30 days after an OWI/DWI arrest. If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you will lose that license as well, even if you have been accused of drunk driving in your personal vehicle.

Even for a first offense of drunk driving, the penalties for drunk driving can be severe. If you are convicted of a DWI or OWI, you could suffer the following:

  • Possible jail or prison time
  • Costly Fines
  • A permanent criminal record
  • Higher Insurance Rates
  • License revocation
  • Alcohol Treatment
  • Probation
  • Loss of your vehicle
  • Ignition interlock device

What Our Waukesha and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, OWI Arrest Attorneys Can Do

License suspension hearing:

The first step in any drunk driving case is to prevent your driver’s license from automatically being suspended. Within 10 days of your arrest, you must request a hearing from the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles. Our license suspension defense lawyers will then challenge the suspension of your license during an administration review hearing.  

Refusal hearing:

If you refuse to submit to a blood or breath test, you must request a hearing within 10 days to prevent a minimum one-year revocation of your driver’s license. If this is your second or subsequent offense, the revocation period will be longer.


Next, we start investigating your case. Our attorneys gather police reports and determine whether your rights were violated during the stop of your vehicle and/or the arrest. If they were, we may be able to get the case thrown out of court. Our Waukesha DUI/DWI defense attorneys know how to cross-examine any witness, including police officers.

Strategies for Lessening Punishments

Even if you plead guilty, there are many ways our Wisconsin DWI attorneys can lessen your penalties:

  • We can refer you to an alcohol counseling program, which can greatly reduce jail time.
  • If you have prior DWI/OWI convictions and you did not have an attorney, or the convictions occurred in another state, we can investigate those prior convictions to see whether the prosecutor can use them to increase the penalty for this offense.
  • If you received other tickets along with the DWI/OWI charge, we often get those companion charges dismissed.

On Prescription Medications? Taking Sleeping Pills or Pain Medication?

If you were pulled over after taking too much of a prescription drug, you can still be charged with OWI/DWI as a drugged driver, even if you were on a valid prescription. Driving under the influence of prescription drugs/operating with a detectable amount of a restricted controlled substance falls under the same statute as drunk driving and carries the same penalties.

Contact Our Law Firm for Aggressive Representation

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