Impaired Driving Offenses
You only have ten days to challenge a driver's license suspension
If you have been arrested and charged with a OWI / DUI in Wisconsin, you only have ten days after notification of a driver's license suspension to challenge the suspension. Failure to promptly challenge the suspension will result in a license suspension while your case is pending. Likewise, failure to timely demand a hearing on a test refusal allegation will result in a license revocation and ignition interlock device requirement for a minimum of one year.
DWI / DUI penalties have become a hot button political issue in Wisconsin and across the nation. In recent years fines, license revocations and mandatory jail terms for OWI convictions have increased dramatically. You can no longer afford to represent yourself in an OWI case or hire an attorney unfamiliar with recent changes to the law and hope for the best. Additionally, depending on your driving record and previous OWI history, you could face jail, the loss of your license, or even prison if convicted.
Attorney Steven House works with prosecutors and the court in exploring alternatives to harsh sentences and the extended loss of driving privileges in OWI cases when all possible avenues for dismissal or reduction of charges have been exhausted.
When an OWI charge must be challenged
House Law Office is dedicated to helping people facing OWI charges. For most people charged with OWI, it is their first contact with the legal system. Once House Law Office is hired to represent you, we will take over your case and ensure that it is handled correctly so that all of your rights are preserved and you can obtain the best possible results.
If the circumstances surrounding an OWI arrest make it advisable to challenge your arrest, we have the investigative and forensic resources needed to expose violations of proper procedure, poorly maintained or improperly calibrated breathalyzers, and constitutional violations of our client's rights.
Avoid making mistakes that could create additional legal difficulties
Despite what police would like the public to believe, breathalyzers are not infallible. Additionally, if an officer does not have reasonable suspicion to pull someone over, the charges against them will likely be thrown out of court. Arresting officers are also required to administer a field sobriety test according to certain prescribe procedures. If they fail to adhere to proper protocol, an OWI arrest may be thrown out as well. Additionally, it is important to review any prior criminal convictions for OWI related offenses where a person was not previously represented; it may be unlawful to use that as a prior offense for charging purposes.
Individuals charged with driving while intoxicated face serious consequences. Those consequences include sudden license suspension, increased insurance premiums, fines, imprisonment, international travel restrictions, license revocation, mandated substance abuse treatment and the loss of employment where a driver's license is required.
Questions about an OWI arrest?
At House Law Office, we understand that people make mistakes. We also know that mistakes should not follow people around forever. If you have been charged with operating while intoxicated, operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, or operating with a detectable level of a restricted controlled substance, please contact us. We are dedicated to providing quality representation to clients throughout Wisconsin.