OWI and Felony Reckless Endangerment Charges In WI
Face Wisconsin OWI Charges And Felony Reckless Endangerment Charges With Help From Eisenberg Law
Drunk driving charges in Wisconsin are called OWIs or Operating While under the Influence. OWI is a must broader charge than drunk driving since “influence” is expanded to include alcohol as well as illegal drugs, marijuana, narcotics, prescription drugs and even some OTC medications. The common denominator of all of these intoxicants is their ability to impair your driving.
A first OWI is not considered a crime in Wisconsin. It is a civil offense, not a criminal offense and is classified as a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors still carry with them fines and penalties and may show up on background checks, but do not usually include jail time.
In some cases, depending on circumstances of the incident, additional charges can be added to OWI charges. One charge that is commonly added is Felony Reckless Endangerment. You may face Felony Reckless Endangerment charges if you “endanger another person with utter disregard for their life.” This is a felony regardless of whether it is your first offense or not.
Early Legal Help Can Be Crucial To A Positive Outcome
Anyone charged with OWI in Wisconsin, and especially if it includes felony reckless endangerment charges, can improve their chances of a less severe outcome by contacting an OWI attorney at our law offices immediately after the incident. In some cases, we are contacted before the driver is even formally charged. Although this seems extreme, it is actually very helpful in protecting a driver’s rights and building a strong defense. Early intervention by a qualified attorney has several positives:
- It gives the attorney as much time as possible to begin constructing a defense.
- It allows the attorney access to evidence immediately, even as it becomes available.
- It allows the attorney to advise the client on his/her statement.
Because of the attorney’s early work, it is sometimes possible to have charges reduced or dismissed which can save a driver from having very serious crimes on his/her record. Felony reckless driving charges, for example, may be reduced to simply inattentive driving, which is not a felony and does not carry the same kinds of fines and penalties as a felony charge.
Schedule A Free Consultation With Eisenberg Law If Facing OWI Charges
If you are facing an OWI, reckless driving, or felony reckless driving charge, contact Eisenberg Law Offices in Madison, WI for advice and representation. With early intervention, we may be able to minimize the charges against you and protect your driving record. Help is available and it can make a difference to your case!
We offer no obligation, free consultations. Even if you are unsure about your situation, we can discuss it during this free consult. You will be no worse off for meeting with us, but may be quite a bit better off! Call Eisenberg Law Offices at 608-256-8356 or email Info@eisenberglaw.org to arrange your free consultation today!