Everyone thinks... "this won't happen to me"... But the unfortunate reality is that it happens a lot. Take the time to read this guide. You don't want to be the one saying... "I didn't know I could or couldn't do that" because by that time it is too late and your license, your money, and your job may be at stake.
A person should understand their rights after receiving a Wisconsin OWI. It is also important to not make any mistakes during or after this incident. A Wisconsin DUI is a serious charge, and it should be handled that way. Making these decisions in a timely manner will be in your benefit.
Mistake #1: Admitting to Drinking in Wisconsin
Do not admit to drinking prior to driving a vehicle in Wisconsin. This does not mean a person should lie to a Wisconsin officer. However, the second you admit to drinking before driving you will be pulled from the vehicle and the DUI investigation will begin. Simply keep quiet or request to speak with a Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney after your blood or breath test.
Mistake #2: Refusing Wisconsin Blood/Breath Tests
Refusing a Wisconsin Blood or Breath Test(s) give Wisconsin police officers the power to charge you with a refusal. A refusal has more severe penalties than and Wisconsin DUI 1st Offense. A Refusal leads to an automatic suspension of a driver’s license for a minimum of one (1) year, which is a harsher penalty than a first offense Wisconsin DUI, which is 6-9 months.
Mistake #3: Not Requesting a Wisconsin Administrative Review Hearing
An Administrative Review Hearing must be requested within 10 days of the date on the Notice of Intent to Suspend/Revoke. Once a person receives this Notice, they have thirty days before his/her driver’s license is suspended. However, if an Administrative Review Hearing is requested, a person’s driver’s license may not be automatically suspended.
Mistake #4: Hiring a Wisconsin Criminal Defense Attorney
There is a drastic difference between a Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney and a Criminal Defense Attorney. DUI Defense is a very specific practice that incorporates scientific knowledge with blood/breath testing, and field sobriety testing. A criminal defense attorney is a general practitioner who will understand the criminal court process but will not have the specific knowledge to understand and attack your Wisconsin DUI Charge. Don't make the mistake of trusting a family member or friend for a referral. Do the research, find the a DUI Defense Attorney, and fight your DUI Charge the right way.
Mistake #5: Not Speaking with A Wisconsin DUI Attorney
Seeking the advice from a Wisconsin attorney will help you defend a drunk driving charge. It is not to a person’s benefit to try to handle a Wisconsin OWI on their own. Even if a person has sought the advice from many different attorneys does not mean that he/she has the ability to appropriately fight a Wisconsin drunk driving case.
Who Should You Hire to Fight Your Wisconsin OWI?
Wisconsin Drunk Driving Defense Attorney Nathan J. Dineen practices 100% Wisconsin DUI Defense. He is a member of the College of DUI Defense and is certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE). He understands the difficulties his clients are facing and fights for the best outcome possible for each individual. Contact Attorney Dineen at 1-877-384-6800. Available 24/7. Free Case Evaluation.