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I was just arrested on OWI charges. Now what?

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OWI Charges

I was just arrested on OWI charges. Now what?

What is OWI?

OWI stands for “Operating While Intoxicated.” It is the term used in Wisconsin; most other states use “Driving Under the Influence” DUI or DWI “Driving While Intoxicated.”

I’ve just been arrested for drunk driving. What do I do now?

As soon as you’re arrested, the best thing you can do is remain polite and calm throughout the entire process. You will be given a chance to contact an attorney and, at your earliest opportunity, you should do so. The sooner you contact an attorney, the better your defense may be.

Be advised: Wisconsin OWI (DUI) laws are tough. You need someone who can start building a defense quickly – while the case facts are fresh. Typically, the sooner you get qualified legal help, the stronger your case may be.

Isn’t every OWI lawyer the same?

Absolutely not. If you seek the best possible outcome, choose an attorney who understands the complex nature of applicable laws. Choose an attorney who is educated, skilled and experienced in every possible defense.

While no attorney can guarantee the outcome in your case, selecting Wisconsin OWI experts, Andrew Mishlove or Lauren Stuckert can improve your chances considerably.

At our law office, you can expect:

  • A free case evaluation. Wisconsin laws are complicated. Choosing an attentive lawyer who carefully evaluates your case at the outset is essential.
  • A careful analysis of the facts behind your charges.
  • An overview of the approach we would take on your behalf. This includes how your rights will be protected, what your options are, and how the case will proceed.

Can an attorney save my driver’s license?

With the right help, an attorney can help you protect your license! Wisconsin drunk driving charges are serious. Many people decide that they must plead guilty as soon as they’re charged. Stop right there! There are many good defenses against Wisconsin drunk driving laws. Learn more about saving your license after an OWI.

Can an OWI Charges be dismissed?

Absolutely. With our defense attorneys on your side, you can fight the penalties you’re facing. You could even have your  charges completely dismissed. So, although you could be looking at the loss of your license, heavy fines, and possible jail time, there is hope.  Our attorneys have won many cases that other lawyers thought were hopeless.

How do I fight a DUI charge?

There are many possible defenses. Here are just a few:

  • Lack of Reasonable Suspicion or Probable Cause for the Stop
  • Lack of Probable Cause to Arrest
  • No Miranda Warning
  • Faulty Test Results
  • Testing During Absorption Phase

An attorney who is educated, skilled and experienced in Wisconsin laws will know how to use these defenses and others to protect you.  If you don’t want to lose your license, go to jail, or have an ignition interlock device installed, then you should call us for a free consultation. We’re happy to talk the case over with you, at no obligation, and explain your options. Read seven key factors in winning a drunk driving case.

How can you help me?

We may be able to have your charges reduced or even dismissed completely. As we build the right defense, you can avoid jail time, fines, and even protect your license with the help of a good defense attorney.

Attorneys Andrew Mishlove and Lauren Stuckert are Wisconsin’s only true DUI defense specialists: the highest credential that can be attained by an OWI-DUI defense lawyer. All of the attorneys at our firm are also certified in standardized field sobriety testing, the same certification held by more advanced police.  All of the attorneys have also trained at the prestigious National College for DUI Defense, held each summer on the premises of the Harvard Law School.

Remember, the police often make investigation errors. We have the know-how to evaluate and discover these errors.

Not sure how? Many people believe that blood test results cannot be challenged. Unfortunately, many DUI defense lawyers do not know how to even review blood test laboratory records to see whether the test was performed correctly.

Mishlove and Stuckert, though, are different. We have unmatched training, skill and experience in the methods used to test blood. We review the lab records in every single case.

In fact, we are the only law firm in the state with the ability to re-analyze computer files created by the state’s blood test machine. We have the highest level of training in blood test chemistry. Again and again, we have found blood test mistakes that you wouldn’t believe! We know that a blood sample might even ferment if it is handled improperly.

How soon should I contact a defense attorney?

Now is the best time to contact an attorney. While you can bring one in at any point in the case, the sooner you do it, the better.  In many cases there are strict time limits that may expire as quickly as ten days from the date of your arrest!

How much will it cost to hire a lawyer?

The best lawyers cost more than ordinary lawyers. Our fees, however, are reasonable for the work that we do. What’s more, we charge flat fees, specified beforehand in writing and in plain English. That way, you know you won’t be facing fees higher than those quoted at the outset.

You are invited to request a free consultation. If we are not a good match for you, we will be happy to help you to find another lawyer as quickly as possible.

Time to select your attorney may be running out. Contact us today to meet at no charge or obligation with one of Wisconsin’s most experienced OWI defense attorneys.