Wisconsin: New OWI Laws to take effect on July 1st, 2010

Starting July 1st, 2010, the OWI laws in Wisconsin are changing.  Some changes benefit the defendant, but most do not.  Relevant changes include:

1.  An OWI 1st, currently not a criminal offense in Wisconsin, becomes a criminal offense if there is a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle at the time of the offense.

2.  Ignition Interlock Devices will now be required for all persons convicted of OWI 2nd or subsequent.  Previously, IID’s were left to the discretion of the Court for an OWI 2nd that occurred more than five years after the first.

3.  An OWI 4th is now a felony if it happens within five years of the 3rd.  Previously,all  OWI 4ths were misdemeanors.  This is the most serious change in the law.

4.  There are now minimum terms of imprisonment for OWI 4th (felony) and OWI 5th and subsequent.

These are just a few of the many changes that take effect in a few short weeks.  Schenk Law Firm, LLC has taken the time to learn and master these changes.  Our knowledge is your power.  Call us at (920) 499-2006.

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