Experienced Milwaukee Attorneys Defend Clients Charged with OWI, Crimes & Traffic Violations
Skilled lawyers also help individuals injured in auto and motorcycle accidents
The difficulties and roadblocks of your past do not need to determine your future. The attorneys at Hayes & Rothstein will analyze your case, give you sound legal advice and will act decisively to achieve your goals. We are here to represent you for your OWI, criminal case, traffic matter or personal injury claim in Milwaukee.
Wisconsin attorneys providing professional legal representation
We regularly serve our clients in the following practice areas:
- First offense OWI – Unless you had a minor passenger under the age of 16 in your vehicle or your operation caused an injury, a first offense OWI in Wisconsin will be a civil rather than criminal case. A conviction will result in a six- to nine-month revocation of your license, a forfeiture, an AODA assessment and compliance with the recommendation, and if your BAC was .15 or above, a one year ignition interlock device order. This information and more is detailed on the drunk driving penalty chart on our OWI overview page. A conviction will remain on your DMV record for 55 years.
- Second offense OWI — You will be charged with a second offense OWI if you had a previous conviction for OWI within 10 years. This charge comes with a mandatory jail sentence, license revocation of one year to 18 months, a fine, an AODA assessment and compliance with the recommendation, and a one-year to 18-month ignition interlock device order.
- Third offense OWI — If you have two prior OWI convictions for offenses on or after Jan. 1, 1989, you will be charged with a third offense OWI. A conviction results in a jail sentence of 45 days to one year, license revocation of two to three years, a fine, an AODA assessment and compliance with the recommendation, and a one- to three-year ignition interlock device order.
- Fourth offense OWI — If you have three previous OWI convictions, for offenses on or after Jan. 1, 1989, you will be charged with fourth offense. If your third offense occurred within five years of the arrest for the fourth offense, you will be charged with a felony.
- Felony OWI — You will be charged with a felony if this is a fourth offense OWI but the third occurred within five years of this arrest; if this is your fifth offense OWI or subsequent OWI, for violations dating on or after Jan. 1, 1989. You will be charged with a felony if you are charged with third offense OWI with a passenger under the age of 16. You will be charged with a felony if you are charged with being intoxicated while causing great bodily harm or death. You will be charged with a felony if you are charged with being intoxicated while causing any injury while having a prior OWI conviction on your record.
- OWI and underage alcohol cases – A driver under the age of 21 operating with a BAC in excess of .00 is in violation of the zero tolerance law and can be arrested and charged with multiple offenses.
- OWI and commercial drivers — If you have a CDL and are charged with an OWI while you are driving a commercial vehicle, you face a lifetime CDL disqualification. Immediately hire an attorney to protect your career and your family's financial security.
- OWI and car accidents – If your impaired operation of a motor vehicle results in an injury to another, your case is automatically charged as a crime, which could be a misdemeanor or felony depending upon the severity of the alleged injury.
- OWI with a minor passenger – Having a minor passenger under the age of 16 at the time of operating while intoxicated significantly enhances the penalties, including a mandatory jail sentence for first offense OWI.
- Ignition interlock device – Unless the conviction is for first offense OWI with a BAC below .15, an OWI conviction will result in an order requiring an ignition interlock device in all vehicles titled to you, will restrict your operation to vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device, and will restrict your operation to having a BAC level below .02 while you remain subject to the order.
- Operating under the influence of a controlled substance — You may be charged with operating under the influence of an substance other than alcohol that the officer believes impaired your ability to drive. These cases should be vigorously fought because the evidence can often be successfully challenged and because the penalties are the same as those for an OWI.
- Traffic defense — Even seemingly minor traffic offenses can result in increased insurance premiums and an accumulation of points on your license that could lead to a suspension.
- Criminal defense — Our skilled attorneys are every day is in the courtrooms of Waukesha and Milwaukee fighting for the rights and freedoms of our clients. We are prepared to take on even the most challenging criminal defense cases.
- Sex crimes — Even an allegation on your record for a sex crime can have lifelong professional and personal consequences. If you are facing questioning by police about a potential sex crime, it is vital that you get an attorney so you are fully aware of your rights.
- Drug crimes — Wisconsin imposes extreme punishment for people convicted of illegally possessing or delivering drugs. Our legal defense team can protect your freedoms and protect against a conviction that would adversely affect the rest of your life.
- Domestic violence — A false report can result in significant cost and pain to your family. We work to keep your family intact and minimize the hardship you and your family experience as a result of a domestic violence accusation.
- Auto and motorcycle accidents — You deserve complete compensation for past and future damages resulting from an accident. We firmly negotiate on your behalf to reach a favorable settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, we litigate to bring you the justice you deserve.
We proudly serve our clients in all of the above practice areas, and we hold ourselves up to the highest legal and ethical standards to do our absolute best for every client on every case.
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