Written by attorney Michael R. Cohen

OWI -first consequence for Canada travel (Wisconsin issue)

I have been asked many times about the consequences of an OWI-first conviction from WI on the ability of the convictee to go to Canada even though an OWI-first in WI is not a crime. The answer is that it is Canada’s position that if the conviction elsewhere is for something that is considered a crime in Canada (and OWI/DUI first offense is a crime in Canada), then regardless of how it is considered elsewhere, rehabilitation is required and a person can be barred or deported if this has not occurred. Thus, if this is your situation, before you try to go to Canada be sure to talk with legal counsel to address the issue so that you don't have any problems.

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