Bill proposes making 3rd OWI a felony

Recently, Wisconsin State Representative Jim Ott introduced a bill that proposes making a third OWI offense a mandatory felony. Currently, people in Wisconsin are not charged with a felony until their fifth OWI. However, individuals who are charged with a fourth OWI within 5 years of their 3rd OWI offense will also face felony charges.

The proposed legislation would also make a sixth OWI and other subsequent OWI charges increase in felony category. Fines for each charge would also increase. The bill was introduced before congress’s Assembly Committee on Transportation with testimonies from families of drunk driving accident victims.

If you or someone you know is charged with a DUI or OWI, you will need an experienced lawyer to defend you against these charges. Contact the Milwaukee DUI/OWI attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. by calling (414) 271-9595 today.