DUI/OWI Defense

Why hire us to handle a DUI/OWI case here in southeast Wisconsin? 

1. Keep you license privileges while the case is pending. You have 10 days to request an administrative suspension hearing, which the Department of Transportation holds to determine whether to suspend your license. This happens BEFORE you are convicted of an OWI.  If your license is suspended, then you must contact your insurance company for SR-22 proof of insurance.  To avoid or delay getting your insurance company involved, and the likely higher premiums that go with it, contact us to help keep your license.  

2. Even if the OWI is your first offense, you will face mandatory license revocation.  This can range from 6-9 months, or 12 months if you refused to take a breath or blood test. An attorney can help argue for the least amount of revocation time.  

3. If this is your second OWI offense or more, or your blood or breath test results are above .15, then you will be subjected to an Ignition Interlock Device (IID), for at least 12 months.  IID's are very expensive, and cost drivers around $1,000 a year in maintenance, installment, and calibration.  An attorney can work to get out from under this requirement, whether through negotiation or a jury trial.  

4. If this is your second OWI offense or more, or you had a child under 16 years in your vehicle at the time of driving, then you will be subjected to mandatory jail time (for a fourth offense, you could be facing prison time).  An attorney can help craft the terms of this mandatory jail--where, when, and how.  Have a job? We can help you keep it by arguing for Huber privileges during your jail sentence.  Have a job outside of Racine County? We can argue that you be able to serve your sentence in your county of residence or employment. 

5. OWI cases usually involve other traffic violations, with expensive tickets. We can help reduce or eliminate those other tickets, saving you driving demerit points, costly fines, and potential suspensions. 

People are often surprised how technical and scientific OWI defense work is.  Just because the final blood or brteath sample is above .08, we can still challenge how that sample was obtained or whether it accurately measures your level of intoxication at the time of driving.  In fact, OWI cases tend to go to trial more than other cases, because judges are bound by sentencing guidelines that limit the sentence range.  At Mark D. Richards, S.C. we have the experience and skills to properly and effectively challenge OWI cases. Call today at 262-632-2200 for a free consultation.