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OWI Consequences Go Beyond Criminal Penalties

Jail time, fines, and a criminal record are Wisconsin’s most common criminal penalties associated with an OWI conviction. However, the criminal penalties are only the beginning of the consequences you face if convicted of OWI. The administrative penalties and collateral consequences can wreak havoc on your life long after you have fulfilled the terms of your sentence.At Nicholson Goetz & Otis, S.C., we represent people in Madison and surrounding areas who have been arrested for drunk driving. Our dedicated team of criminal defense lawyers will fight to limit your exposure to the collateral consequences of an OWI conviction and resolve the underlying criminal and administrative issues.

What Are the Collateral Consequences of an OWI Conviction?

The collateral consequences of an OWI conviction include increased auto insurance premiums and continuing issues finding housing or employment. Any process that requires a criminal background check can result in snags that limit your economic opportunities. If you make a living as a commercial driver, having an OWI on your record could completely destroy your livelihood.The only way to avoid these consequences is to avoid a conviction that results in having an OWI on your record. Now is the time to contact an experienced defense lawyer if you face OWI charges in Wisconsin.

Don’t Forget About the Administrative Side of OWI Defense

The first obstacles you will encounter will likely be administrative penalties, such as the suspension of your driver’s license. There is a limited time to request an administrative hearing, so having an attorney as soon as possible is essential in protecting your driver’s license.Call 608-471-5003 or contact us online for a free consultation about your OWI defense options.