License Is Revoked After 4th OWI In Wisconsin
A 4th OWI In Wisconsin Now Results In Permanent Loss Of Driver’s License
In March of 2018, SB 135 was signed into law in Wisconsin. This new law permanently revokes a driver’s license if the driver has been convicted of a 4th OWI in Wisconsin. Prior to this bill becoming law, drivers who received a first, second, third, or fourth OWI could have their license revoked for up to 3 years with the 4th OWI resulting in a felony charge and mandatory jail time. Now, the punishment is even more severe as the license is revoked permanently upon a 4th OWI.
A 4th OWI Or A Combination of Offenses Can Result In License Revocation
The new law affects those convicted of a 4th OWI or a second OWI in combination with two other serious OWI-related offenses such as injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by OWI, homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, and any felony crime under the motor vehicle code.
Other details about the new law include:
- The offenses must occur within 15 years of the prior conviction in order for the law to apply.
- The new law is not retroactive. However, if you have three previous convictions for OWI, your next conviction will count as your fourth and you will lose your license.
- Driving After Revocation. Anyone who has had their license revoked and is then caught driving can be fined $2,500 and be jailed for up to one year.
Avoid Having Your License Revoked. Contact Eisenberg Law For Representation
The permanent loss of a driver’s license can have a devastating effect on your future. Without a license it will be harder to find and keep a job, care for your family, and participate in the community. Don’t let a poor decision derail your entire future. If you have been charged with an OWI, whether it is your first or your fourth, contact the OWI defense attorneys at Eisenberg Law Offices in Madison, WI for help.
There are many ways to defend against and defeat an OWI charge. We will explore all of the defense options available to you and fight aggressively for your rights. If you are facing a 4th OWI in Wisconsin and are worried about losing your license, contact Eisenberg Law Offices at 608-256-8356 or email Info@eisenberglaw.org to arrange a free consultation as soon as possible.