Under Wisconsin law, a person must be at least 21 years of age to buy alcohol or consume it in a public place. [See also: Exception to drinking age when accompanied by parent]
Under Wisconsin law, a person who is at least 21 years of age, and has absolutely no prior drunk driving convictions or refusals on his or her record, is prohibited from driving any motorized vehicle while under the influence of any type of intoxicant (such as beer, wine), controlled substance (such as marijuana) or prescription drugs with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of 0.08 or greater. (Note: refusals count as a prior conviction).
For drivers with three previous drunk driving convictions, the limit is lower; a person with three prior OWI convictions is prohibited from driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .02 or greater.
The legal drinking age in Wisconsin is 21 years of age. Under Wisconsin laws, a person who is under 21 years of age is prohibited from drinking alcohol and driving. (See also: Wisconsin Zero Tolerance).
Under Wisconsin's Zero Tolerance Law, any person under the age of 21 years is prohibited from operating a motor vehicle on public property while having any trace of alcohol or illegal drug in their bloodstream.
Under Wisconsin law, a first drunk driving conviction is not a crime, rather it is a civil infraction. Even so, a first OWI may result in fines ranging from $150 to $300 plus $355 surcharge with a suspension or revocation of the person's driver's license ranging between 6 months and 9 months. An occupational license is usually immediately available unless the driver possesses a CDL - Commercial Driver's License.
Under Wisconsin law, a second or third drunk driving conviction is a misdemeanor. As the number of drunk driving convictions increases, the penalties increase accordingly, with fines ranging between $600 and $10,000 plus a $355 surcharge, and maximum possible jail sentences ranging anywhere from 6 to 12 months. Please refer to Drunk Driving Jail Time for an overview of sentences, and Wisconsin Drunk Driving Penalties for sentencing guidelines including jail time, fines, interlock restrictions and other forfeitures (such as forfeiture of a vehicle).
Under Wisconsin law, a fourth or subsequent drunk driving conviction is a felony OWI offense.
Drunk Driving charges can be much more severe if the person is in an accident and causes an injury, causes great bodily harm, or commits vehicular homicide. Fines can reach up to $100,000 and a possible jail term of 25 years.
If you refuse to submit to a test to determine if you are legally drunk, you have 10 days in which to act to save your driving privileges. For more information, please refer to refusing a test. Free but professional "first-impression" analysis If you are under investigation or have been arrested for any crime, or if you have already been convicted of a crime and believe your conviction to be wrong or your sentence too harsh, please call (608) 350-1004 or email the Attorneys at Tracey Wood & Associates right away. An Attorney at Tracey Wood & Associates will provide you with a brief but professional free "first-impression" analysis of your appeal based on the facts that you are able to convey. You can also submit your case online or email the attorneys.
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