When you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence, it’s never just a singular incident with no repercussions. Having an arrest on your record can impact your life in a multitude of ways aside from the criminal penalties that come with a conviction. To keep your DUI arrest off your record, you need to mount a defense from the very beginning. Based out of Oconomowoc, Eric Raskopf represents individuals arrested and charged with driving under the influence throughout Waukesha, Jefferson, Dodge and Milwaukee counties.
DUI Penalties in Wisconsin
As in most states, penalties increase with each DUI arrest. While a first DUI arrest comes with no jail time, a fine below $300, and a license suspension from six to nine months, a second arrest results in significantly more penalties. The second time you are picked up for a DUI within a 10-year period you may face up to six months in jail, a $1,100 fine, a license suspension for up to 18 months, and you will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle.
Third and fourth offenses may result in a jail sentence for up to a year, a fine up to $2,000, and the suspension of your license for up to three years. A fifth or sixth DUI offense can increase your jail sentence for up to six years, increase the suspension of your license for up to three years, and increase your potential fine to an amount up to $10,000.
Being pulled over for drinking and driving is a frightening event. Many people think the fact they were pulled over and perhaps even failed a breathalyzer test is the end of the story, and it’s all the proof the prosecutor needs to put a conviction on their record. Not every arrest is legitimate, though, and notoriously unreliable breathalyzer tests have been challenged multiple times in court. Just because you were arrested and charged doesn’t always mean you were over the limit and at odds with the law.
Wisconsin DUI and Drunk Driving Attorney
Since penalties for drunk driving compound with each arrest, it’s essential to keep even a first DUI off your record. Avoiding a DUI conviction requires mounting your defense from the moment of your arrest. Eric’s experience in representing clients against drunk driving charges can help you fight the charges that have been brought against you, avoid criminal penalties, and, more importantly, avoid a criminal record.