7th – 9th Offense OWI

7-9th Offense OWI in Waukesha County and Surrounding Areas

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Drunk driving seventh, eight, or ninth (DUI 7th, 8th, 9th) or operating while intoxicated seventh, eighth or ninth (OWI 7th, 8th, 9th) in Wisconsin, whether drunk driving seventh, eight, or ninth (DUI 7th, 8th, 9th) or operating while intoxicated seventh, eighth or ninth (OWI 7th, 8th, 9th) in Waukesha, drunk driving seventh, eight, or ninth (DUI 7th, 8th, 9th) or operating while intoxicated seventh, eighth or ninth (OWI 7th, 8th, 9th) in Milwaukee, or any other county, is a felony crime in the state of Wisconsin. To learn more about how it may not be a criminal offense, please refer to the OWI Counting Laws page

Drunk driving (DUI) or an operating while intoxicated (OWI) is when the government is essentially alleging that the driver operated a motor vehicle on a public highway while under the influence of an intoxicant. It is important to note that a public highway under Wisconsin law is generally any area held open to the public (e.g. a store parking lot).

It is also important to mention that the intoxicant does not necessarily have to be alcohol or alcohol alone. Under Wisconsin law, if a driver is operating with any detectible amount of a restricted controlled substance (e.g. cocaine, etc) in their blood then they are presumed to be intoxicated. Also if they are operating with a sufficient amount of any controlled substance that would impair their driving (e.g. marijuana, or any prescription narcotic such as Ambien and other sleep aids, etc) they may also be found guilty. Finally, even if a driver is found to be operating with a non-prescription over the counter drug (e.g. Tylenol PM or other non-prescription sleep aids, etc) and the drug rendered them unable to operate their vehicle, they may be found guilty of drunk driving (DUI) or an operating while intoxicated (OWI) in Wisconsin counties such as Waukesha, Milwaukee, Walworth, Washington, Dodge, Jefferson, etc.

Even if the controlled substance or drug in question was taken entirely according to doctor’s orders, this may still not be a defense to any charge.

A felony conviction, that is possible in a drunk driving seventh, eight, or ninth (DUI 7th, 8th, 9th) or operating while intoxicated seventh, eighth or ninth (OWI 7th, 8th, 9th) would prohibit a driver from ever possessing a firearm again in their life or voting in any election until their civil rights have been restored. A felony conviction is extremely serious.

Drunk seventh, eight, or ninth (DUI 7th, 8th, 9th) or operating while intoxicated seventh, eighth or ninth (OWI 7th, 8th, 9th) in Wisconsin is punishable by:

•  Three to five years of initial confinement in prison, followed by up to five years of extended supervision
•  Up to a $100,000 fine
•  Between 24 to 36 month divers license revocation
•  Court ordered installation of an ignition interlock device
•  AODA assessment (alcohol and other drug assessment)
•  Driver’s safety plan
•  Court costs
•  Other penalties not included here

Other penalties and reimbursements may be ordered by the judge, should a case proceed to sentencing, to include a blood withdrawal surcharge (if applicable in your case) for the blood alcohol testing, increased penalties for elevated blood alcohol concentration, etc.

If you are convicted of this offense: the minimum penalty is jail.

The basic penalties mean that simply between the fine, court costs, AODA assessment, driver’s safety plan, and the ignition interlock device, drivers who have been convicted of drunk driving seventh, eight, or ninth (DUI 7th, 8th, 9th) or operating while intoxicated seventh, eighth or ninth (OWI 7th, 8th, 9th) in Wisconsin and in counties like Waukesha, Milwaukee, Walworth, and Washington can expect to pay thousands upon thousands of dollars in court ordered and related costs as part of any conviction.

This is all before including the mandatory SR22 insurance (a special type of auto insurance that becomes necessary for drivers convicted of an OWI) that a driver will be required to maintain if they wish to obtain an occupational license during the period when you are revoked. The SR22 insurance combined with years of significantly increased auto insurance rates, not to mention increased life insurance and health insurance rates, can lead to spending thousands upon thousands more even years after your drunk driving seventh, eight, or ninth (DUI 7th, 8th, 9th) or operating while intoxicated seventh, eighth or ninth (OWI 7th, 8th, 9th) in Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Walworth, Washington, etc, has concluded and any sentence has been served.

Keep in mind that a revoked license is a serious matter. In Wisconsin, if one is caught driving on a revoked license they face criminal prosecution and penalties to include up to one year in jail, a $2,500 fine, and an additional six (6) month revocation of their license. Even if a driver has a valid occupational license, if they are operating outside that license (maybe they are running 5 minutes late from work so are outside their allowed driving hours), they may also be charged criminally for operating after revocation. For more information on operating after revocation in Wisconsin, click here.

The clock starts on your defense the moment you are released from custody. Many times the police will issue an Administrative Suspension Notice that means unless you or your attorney immediately files the proper notice with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation within ten (10) days of you receiving the proper notice, your license will be suspended for six (6) months. This means action must be taken even weeks before your first court date.

The best defense starts early. Call now to schedule your free consultation to learn about the court process and what options are available.

Contact our Milwaukee DUI lawyer today for aggressive and personalized defense against multiple drunk driving offenses.