OWI and Felony Reckless Endangerment Charges In WI
Face Wisconsin OWI Charges And Felony Reckless Endangerment Charges With Help From Eisenberg LawDrunk 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.