I recieved an OWI in South Milwaukee 4 days ago. It was my first offense. At the station I blew a 0.153 the first time and then 3 minutes later blew a 0.159 ....my biggest concern at this point (since it seems impossible to get an OWI dropped these days) is having the IID installed. I am right at the 0.15 limit...is there truly any possible way to get this dropped? It would be detrimental to my career!
Criminal Defense Attorney
Dropped is the wrong word. Won is the correct word. These cases can be won depending on the facts and circumstances involved in each case. You should be looking for a local Milwaukee dui attorney.
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Criminal Defense Attorney
You should consult with an attorney before doing anything else.
Any uncounseled conversation you have with the prosecutor will most certainly come back to haunt you. Wisconsin law prevents the prosecutor from cutting you any breaks because you are a good person with a clean record ( s. 967.055). Convictions are supposed to be detrimental, in order to discourage the prohibited behavior.
In addition to the OWI citation you already have, you probably also have a PAC (prohibited alcohol concentration) citation and a Notice of Intent to Suspend. The latter commences an administrative suspension proceeding with a short response deadline that has nothing to do with any court date. The breath test result >.15 will trigger an ignition interlock requirement upon conviction that you are going to want to try and avoid even if you can't avoid conviction. You need the assistance of experienced defense counsel, sooner rather than later.
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DUI / DWI Attorney
Yes, there are ways to beat an OWI charge. Where everyone has arguments to a greater or lesser degree is whether the officer administered the field sobriety tests properly, and whether there was enough information for the officer to get all the way from stopping you to arresting you. But, these are just a few areas where potential defenses occur. All the potential defenses are too numerous and complex to go into on a forum like Avvo.
Given your breath test was close to the .15 threshold, you may be able to at least avoid the IID.
Consult with local, experienced OWI defense attorneys for more specific advice. Most initial consultations are free. So, you have nothing to lose at first.