Everybody knows about drunk driving and intoxicated driving. This includes the potential impacts it can have and the fact that it's illegal. However, many charged with OWI didn't realize they were over the legal limit, or that their actions would be considered breaking the law. However, ignorance is not a valid defense to OWI.
So, how does one move forward after being charged with drunk driving? Many charged with this crime are worried about the potential ramifications that a conviction for OWI could have on them and their family. Being over the legal limit in Wisconsin means that one's BAC was greater than .08. However, if a person fails a sobriety test, they could be charged with OWI, regardless of their BAC level.
If convicted, a person could face fines, probation, jail time and license revocation, just to name a few potential consequences. Also, if their BAC is grossly higher than the legal limit, the fines can increase to two or even three times the normal rate. In addition, commercial drivers are held to higher standards when it comes to OWI. An OWI could impact a person's ability to work if they are convicted of the charges.
Each person has the right to build a criminal defense against OWI charges. A good criminal defense will take into consideration all factors that affect the person and the alleged incident in hopes of obtaining an acquittal or reducing the severity of the punishment. A plea deal can sometimes work in a person's favor when bargaining with the prosecution and could be a legitimate criminal defense strategy for those charged with OWI.