In Wisconsin, Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) offenses range from misdemeanors, to gross misdemeanors, to felonies in the most severe cases. Needless to say, drunk driving is no laughing matter. An OWI brings both criminal penalties (such as jail time and fines) and civil penalties (like suspension or revocation of your driver’s license). On top of that, the legal process is quite complicated for someone without a law degree and experience. You have no doubt heard it before, but it is truly in your best interest to hire a criminal defense lawyer if you are charged with an OWI. Here are four specific ways a Wisconsin criminal attorney can help defend your OWI charge:
- Prevent your License from being suspended. Even the least severe DWI charge can result in your driver’s license being suspended. Getting a DWI does not halt other aspects of your life. You will still need to make it to your job on time, and drive your kids around. This is difficult when the state suspends your license. An attorney can take action quickly following your charge to prevent your license from being suspended.
- Leverage existing relationships with prosecutors and judges. Experienced attorneys have pre-existing relationships with many local judges and prosecutors. Chances are they have worked with the judge and prosecutor assigned to your case. They may be able to negotiate a plea with the prosecutor and avoid a long, drawn-out trial.
- Calm your nerves & outline your options. OWIs, as with all criminal charges, are incredible stressful, especially for a person who has never before been accused of a crime. An OWI attorney will set your mind at ease by outlining all of your legal options for defense.
- Make sure your rights are upheld every step of the way. Sometimes prosecutors and police officers will go to great lengths to obtain a conviction. A defense lawyer will check them every step of the way and make sure your rights are not being violated.
These are just four ways a defense lawyer can help if you’re charged with drunk driving. If you are facing OWI charges, reach out to a skilled defense lawyer now to discuss your case.