If you’re convicted of operating while intoxicated in Wisconsin, you’ll lose your driving privileges – there’s no question about it. Judges are required to revoke or suspend your license. However, some people qualify to apply for an occupational license. Here’s what you need to know.
Can You Get an Occupational License After OWI in Wisconsin?
It’s possible to get an occupational license after an OWI conviction in Wisconsin. An occupational license is a license that lets you drive to work or school, or to handle household essentials, while your driving privileges are revoked or suspended.
When Are You Eligible for an Occupational License?
You become eligible for an occupational license after a certain amount of time has passed since your conviction. The following table outlines the required waiting times based on your specific conviction.
|Your Conviction||Waiting Period Before Applying|
|First-offense OWI||No waiting period|
|Second or subsequent OWI||45 days|
|Causing injury while intoxicated||60 days|
|OWI with great bodily harm||120 days|
|Negligent homicide while intoxicated||120 days|
|Refusal of breath or blood test, first offense||30 days|
|Refusal of breath or blood test, second offense||90 days|
|Refusal of breath or blood test, third offense||120 days|
Your waiting period begins on the effective date of your license revocation or suspension. That means if your license is revoked on March 1 for a second-offense OWI, you must wait until April 14 to apply (that’s 45 days later).
Conditions for Getting an Occupational License
Before you can apply for an occupational license, you must install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. In fact, you must install one on every vehicle titled or registered in your name.
Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About OWI and Your Driving Privileges?
If you’ve been accused of OWI, you need a tough attorney who’s willing to fight for you. Call our office at 414-383-6700 now to schedule your free consultation with an experienced professional – we may be able to help you. We’ll work hard to get the best possible outcome in your case.