The state of Wisconsin takes drunk driving charges seriously, whether it’s a first offense or a tenth offense. But if you’re charged with OWI causing great bodily harm, you could spend the next several years in prison.
Here’s what you need to know.
What to Do if You’re Charged With OWI Causing Great Bodily Harm
You’ll spend time behind bars if the state convicts you of OWI causing great bodily harm. You can be under the influence of alcohol or drugs – the method of your intoxication doesn’t matter. Under Wisconsin law, great bodily harm is defined this way:
“Bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death, or which causes serious permanent disfigurement, or which causes a permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ or other serious bodily injury.”
These are the penalties for OWI causing great bodily harm in Wisconsin:
- Fines of up to $25,000
- A $435 OWI surcharge
- Up to 12.5 years in prison
- License revocation for 2 years plus the length of your confinement
- Mandatory ignition interlock device (at your own expense) if it is not your first offense or if your body’s alcohol concentration was 0.15 or higher at the time of the offense or a 24/7 sobriety program required for 1 to 5 years plus confinement length
If you’re charged with OWI causing great bodily harm, you may want to talk to a Milwaukee OWI attorney right away. Because the penalties for this type of OWI are so serious – even if it’s your first offense – you can benefit from legal guidance.
Don’t talk to police. Don’t answer any questions, and don’t walk into the courtroom for your arraignment (when the judge reads you your formal charges) without weighing your legal options first. A guilty plea, even if you are guilty, may not be the best choice for you. Get legal guidance first. You have the right to call an attorney from jail, and you have the right to legal representation.
Do You Need to Talk to an OWI Attorney?
If you’ve been accused of OWI causing great bodily harm, we may be able to help you. Call us as soon as you can. We’re available at 414-383-6700. We can also talk to you if you’re calling on behalf of someone who’s in jail.