Appleton DUI Lawyer

Driving while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is not only dangerous; it is illegal. In Wisconsin, drunk driving offenses are charged as OWI, or operating while intoxicated.

Drunk driving is a serious issue throughout the United States, but especially so in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has the highest rate of drunk driving offenses in the country and some of the laxest penalties for individuals who are charged with OWI. An individual who is convicted of OWI can face penalties ranging from fines and a loss of federal financial aid for college to the suspension of his or her driver’s license and the revocation of the right to own or carry a firearm. If you have been charged with OWI, work with an experienced OWI attorney to determine the right defense strategy for your case.

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and OWI

In Wisconsin, as with the rest of the United States, it is illegal for an individual to drive if his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 percent or higher. For individuals under the age of 21, the legal BAC limit is 0.02 percent.

  • Your blood alcohol content is determined by a few factors. These factors are:
  • Your weight. The heavier you are, the more slowly your BAC will rise as you consume alcohol;
  • Your sex. A woman’s BAC rises more quickly than a man’s, partially due to biological differences between the sexes and partially because women tend to be smaller;
  • How quickly you consume alcohol; and
  • Whether you consume food while consuming alcohol.

There is only one way to lower your BAC: to wait for the alcohol to metabolize.

Possible Defenses to an OWI Charge

Being charged with OWI does not mean you will be convicted. There are many ways a roadside sobriety check can be mishandled by law enforcement or an individual’s rights can be compromised, rendering the individual unable to be legally found guilty. Some examples of defenses against an OWI charge include:

  • The individual was not read his or her Miranda rights;
  • Law enforcement did not administer the Breathalyzer correctly or mishandled the results, rendering them unable to be used;
  • The individual was not actually found to be driving when he or she was arrested;
  • Food consumed or medication taken compromised the results of the chemical BAC test administered; and
  • Law enforcement did not have probable cause to arrest the individual charged.

One or more of these defenses might be applicable to your case. Discuss your options with your attorney.

Work with a Neenah DUI Attorney

If you have been charged with OWI in Neenah, Appleton, or anywhere else in eastern Wisconsin, work with an experienced Appleton DUI attorney from Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC. We are a team of experienced Wisconsin attorneys who can help you determine the right legal strategy for your case and protect your rights during the criminal justice process. Do not wait to get started with our firm – contact our team today to schedule your initial legal consultation.

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