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Defense Attorney Tracey Wood Drunk Driving Attorney Tracey Wood is a Super Lawyer in Wisconsin
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     Attorney Tracey A. Wood , owner of Tracey Wood & Associates is an aggressive criminal defense attorney in Madison, Wisconsin.    She focuses her practice on defending the rights of individuals whether they are charged with drunken driving or more severe criminal charges including murder, sex crimes in Wisconsin, federal conspiracy or seeking an expungement of a previous conviction.
   She is known throughout the legal community as the foremost authority on Wisconsin OWI DUI laws and has been hailed for her defenses and successful trial and case record.
   Ms. Wood has been pioneering new frontiers for women in law since she entered practice in 1992. She is the first attorney from Wisconsin ever appointed as a Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor, and first Wisconsin attorney to be appointed to the Board of Regents to the National College for DUI Defense held at Harvard Law School. She chairs the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Strike Force for the state's largest association for criminal defense lawyers and has previously served as the President of that organization. She has authored several articles on defense against drunk driving charges including Challenging Prior Under Influence Convictions, an article discussing U.S. v. Gant in the Wisconsin Law Journal, and she has contributed to the national DUI attorneys' bible by Taylor & Oberman, entitled "Drunk Driving Defense".
   She has also won many appeals in both the Wisconsin Appellate System (most recently City of Beloit v. Steven Herbst) and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago (i.e. U.S. v. Andres Perez).

Super Lawyer Tracey Wood defends people charged with OWI or DUI
Super Lawyer Tracey Wood defends people charged with OWI or DUI
Super Lawyer Tracey Wood defends people charged with OWI or DUI
NCDD National College for DUI Defense: Tracey Wood
(608) 350-1004

Repeat Offender Laws in Wisconsin

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Repeat Offender Laws in Wisconsin


Under Wisconsin law, a repeat offender is subject to enhanced sentencing. Whether a person is classified as a repeat offender depends upon the dates of the current and the previous criminal charges and convictions. The determination is made at the time of sentencing.

Repeat Offender Time Periods

If at the time of sentencing of the current conviction the convicted defendant had been convicted of either one or more felonies or three or more misdemeanors during the five years immediately preceding the current criminal conviction, then they are a repeat offender under Wisconsin law, provided the previous convictions had not yet been reversed, vacated, or amended down to a noncriminal charge.

Previous convictions that have successfully been stayed, suspended, withheld, or pardoned are still used as prior convictions for the purposes of determining repeat offender status, unless those convictions were amended as a result of a not guilty post conviction finding.

Jail time and imprisonment do not count if the incarceration occurred within the previous five years. The period of time during which the defendant was incarcerated in jail or prison extends the five-year period of time.

Increased Sentencing

The term for sentencing of a current misdemeanor or felony providing up to one year imprisonment, so long as all prior convictions were misdemeanors, can be increased up to two years.

The term for sentencing of a current misdemeanor or felony providing one to ten years imprisonment, with the defendant having at least one prior felony conviction, can be increased up to four years.

If the current crime provides for a period of imprisonment of more than ten years, then the maximum sentence of the current conviction can be increased by as much as two years, if all prior convictions were misdemeanors, and as much as four years, if any prior conviction was a felony.


Under Wisconsin law, a persistent repeat offender:

Is currently convicted of a serious felony and has been previously convicted of two or more serious felonies which are still on the defendant's criminal record as unreversed convictions, each of the previous felonies occurring on separate occasions with a lapse of time between them, or

Is currently convicted of a serious child sex offense, and has been previously convicted of at least one other serious sex offense,

Unless the defendant was pardoned for one or both of the previous felonies on the grounds of a not guilty finding.

A persistent repeat offender who is currently convicted of a felony can be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole or extended supervision.

Other sanctions may exist which will cause a lesser crime to be comparable to a more serious crime. Because of the complexities involved in these determinations, details of a court's perception of a crime currently under consideration for sentencing are best left to discussions with the lawyers at Tracey Wood & Associates.

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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Please take notice that although the law firm of Tracey Wood & Associates website contains a large amount of accurate and useful legal information about drunk driving, OWI, DUI, Sex Crimes, Expungement and other serious crimes, it is not intended to be used as legal advice. Only an attorney can counsel you on your specific case. Please contact the attorney at Tracey Wood & Associates immediately should you find yourself charged with a Drunk Driving in Wisconsin, a DUI (Driving Under the Influence), OWI (Operating Under the Influence) or any other serious crime in Wisconsin at (608) 350-1004. Even if your researching drunk driving laws or sex crime laws in Wisconsin, Lawyer Tracey Wood can assist you.

Attorney Tracey A. Wood , 6605 University Ave Suite 101 Middleton Wisconsin. (608) 350-1004

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