Drunk Driving Defense
DUI Lawyer Madison – Winning Criminal & Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys
When it comes to DUI Lawyers, Wisconsin residents trust the experienced team at Eisenberg Law. We provide strong representation for those who are facing a DUI drunk driving charge or have been convicted of an OWI. We have over 100 combined years of practicing law and have handled thousands of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases and every type of criminal and drunk driving charge.
Eisenberg Law has a winning record in trials and settlements which has earned us a strong reputation throughout Wisconsin. We possess the highest skill, ethics and standards and are respected by Wisconsin Circuit Court and federal judges. Stephen Eisenberg is a regular guest speaker on Z104 discussing and answering questions regarding legal issues. He also provides legal analysis in criminal matters on WIBA and WTDY radio stations in Madison, Wisconsin. If you or someone else is facing a drunk driving charge or drunk driving conviction, contact a drunk driving defense attorney at Eisenberg Law.
Wisconsin Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys & OWI/DUI/DWI Law
A drunk driving charge under the Wisconsin drunk driving laws is called an OWI, which stands for Operating While under the Influence. An OWI charge alleges that a driver of a motor vehicle was under the influence of an intoxicant, illegal drugs such as cocaine or marijuana, or prescription drugs, all of which may impair driving. People accused of a drunk driving offense usually receive two tickets for this violation. One of the tickets is for driving under the influence (the OWI ticket) and the other is for violating Wisconsin’s prohibited alcohol content law (the PAC ticket).
The first OWI offense is not a crime. It is a civil offense. If convicted, the maximum drunk driving penalties include the loss of one’s license for 6 to 9 months, a forfeiture of between $150.00 and $300.00 plus an administrative surcharge and court costs, and a mandatory drug and alcohol assessment (AODA) which requires attending drunk driving classes. Second and subsequent offenses are all crimes and, in Wisconsin, all carry mandatory minimum jail terms, from 5 days on a second offense to 6 months on a 5th offense. Refusal to submit to a breath or blood test may also be counted as a prior drunk driving conviction. Whether you are facing an OWI first offense, an OWI second offense, or other drunk driving charge in Wisconsin, make sure to get in touch with the team of experienced drunk driving defense attorneys at Eisenberg Law.
The Fifth Judicial District covers Dane, Green, Lafayette and Rock counties.
The Sixth Judicial District covers Adams, Clark, Columbia, Dodge, Green Lake, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waushara and Wood counties.
Drunk Driving Legal Limits for Wisconsin
In Wisconsin, alcohol may not exceed a .08 blood or breath alcohol content for the first three drunk driving convictions. After three drunk driving convictions, the legal limit for a driver of a motor vehicle is .02, or about 1 drink. People under 21 are prohibited from driving with any alcohol in their system. This is called absolute sobriety. The penalty for operating a motor vehicle in violation of the absolute sobriety law, but not in violation of the drunk driving laws, is usually a minor forfeiture and suspension of the driving privileges for three months.
The lawyers at Eisenberg Law can help you if you have been charged with drunk driving. There are numerous defenses, including a blood alcohol curve defense, improper administration of the blood or breath test, and a lack of reasonable suspicion for a traffic stop or probable cause for an OWI arrest. The lawyers at Eisenberg Law have handled hundreds of drunk driving and OWI cases.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving and you have questions, please call Eisenberg’s drunk driving defense attorneys at (608) 256-8356.