Wisconsin requires any person operating a motor vehicle to have a valid driver’s license at the time of operation.
Vehicle operators may, for a variety of reasons, experience periods of time in which their driving privileges have been either suspended or revoked due to:
When people drive with a suspended or revoked license, they can be charged with operating after revocation (OAR) or operating after suspension (OAS).
Most OAR and OAS tickets are civil in nature, carrying the potential for fines and additional license revocations. If a driver’s license is revoked as a result of an OWI-related conviction, however, the OAR ticket may also be a criminal offense that exposes the driver to the potential of facing an OAR conviction, having to serve jail time in addition to fines, costs and the potential for additional loss of licensure. Penalties increase based on the number of prior offenses a driver has for either OAR or OAS offenses.
Driving after revocation in Wisconsin can carry a variety fines and can lead to criminal charges and a conviction. That’s why it’s important to consider consulting an attorney if you face OAR charges.