If you are arrested for OWI in Southeastern Wisconsin or Northern Illinois, call Cafferty Law Office, S.C., in Racine, Wisconsin, right away. There are often strategies to help you reduce or dismiss the charges you are facing.
Attorney Patrick Cafferty is an aggressive, experienced Racine OWI defense attorney with more than 20 years and hundreds of successful Wisconsin drunk driving defense cases to his record. He has earned a reputation for integrity among prosecutors and judges and works hard to pursue every strategy to help clients keep their driving record clear of a OWI conviction and the harsh driving suspension that comes with it.
The state has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were operating the vehicle while intoxicated and that the police had probable cause to pull you over. Skilled criminal law attorney in Kenosha, Patrick Cafferty can examine the police report and the evidence collected against you to determine if proper procedure was followed and if any errors or problems occurred when the alcohol testing equipment was used.
In Wisconsin, it is illegal for a driver to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Drivers are considered under the influence when their ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired. This means that if you are pulled over and the police officer determines you are impaired, you can be arrested and prosecuted regardless of your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The legal BAC limit in Wisconsin is .08, but it drops down to .02 if you have had several operating while intoxicated (OWI) arrests in the past. It is illegal for drivers under 21 to have any alcohol in their system.
Operating while intoxicated is a serious offense that can result in a suspension or loss of your driver’s license, in addition to fines and possible jail time.
You can be arrested for drunk driving while operating a boat, ATV, snowmobile or other motor vehicle. From the minute you are arrested, it is important to have someone on your side who knows the law. Police officers and prosecutors can make mistakes that can reduce or even dismiss the charges against you. You don’t have to roll over and take a conviction for OWI, but it is important to start protecting your rights as soon as possible.
An OWI conviction can have a lingering impact on your life. The penalties for a first offense can include fines, court fees, higher insurance premiums, alcohol evaluations and the loss of your license. An arrest for a second, third, or fourth OWI carries penalties that include mandatory jail time. A fifth OWI arrest is a felony. Time is important to start investigating and preparing your case. Call now.
In addition to OWI charges, Mr. Cafferty also handles Racine traffic violations including the following:
From offices in Racine, criminal defense lawyer Patrick Cafferty defends the rights of people charged with state and federal criminal offenses throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Contact the firm to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced Racine DUI defense lawyer right away. You are welcome to text Pat 24 hours a day at 262-893-8333