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Wisconsin OWI Causing Injury Penalties
     There are different penalties for causing an injury to someone when operating while intoxicated depending upon whether you have had a
prior offense. If you cause an injury with no prior offense and you don’t refuse chemical testing, you face fines of up to $2,000 and up to a year
in jail. Your license shall be revoked for up to 2 years and, if your BAC level was .15% or higher, and you will be required to have an Ignition
Interlock Device installed in your vehicle. However, if you have a prior offenses or refuse the chemical testing after the arrest, you may be fined
up to $10,000 and face up to 6 years in prison. But, if you cause great bodily harm to someone as a result of operating while intoxicated or kill
someone, you could face overwhelming fines and penalties, including most of the rest of your life in prison.
OWI Causing Injury, No Priors & No Refusal:
You will be sentenced anywhere from 30-days to 1-year in
jail.

The fine will range from $300 to $2,000, plus substantial
court costs.

You may get 6 demerit points on your license and your
driver’s license will be revoked for 1-2 years, and you have
to wait 60 days (or 120 days if there was a Refusal or 12
months if 2 or more offenses in 5 years) before you are
eligible for an occupational license, then you may get one
as long as you obtain an SR22 high risk rider insurance
policy.

Your vehicle will be required to be equipped with an Ignition
Interlock Device.

You have to have an alcohol assessment (AODA).





OWI Causing Injury, With Either an OWI Prior or Refusal:
You will be sentenced up to 6 years in jail.

The fine will be up to $10,000, plus substantial court costs.

You may get 6 demerit points on your license and your
driver’s license will be revoked for 2-3 years, and you have
to wait 45 days (or 120 days if there was a Refusal or 12
months if 2 or more offenses in 5 years) before you are
eligible for an occupational license, then you may get one
as long as you obtain an SR22 high risk rider insurance
policy.

Your vehicle will be required to be equipped with an Ignition
Interlock Device.

You have to have an alcohol assessment (AODA).





OWI Causing Great Bodily Harm:
You will be sentenced up to 12.5 years in prison.

The fine will be up to $25,000, plus substantial court costs.

You may get 6 demerit points on your license and your
driver’s license will be revoked for 2 year, and you have to
wait 120 days (or 12 months if 2 or more offenses in 5
years) before you are eligible for an occupational license,
then you may get one as long as you obtain an SR22 high
risk rider insurance policy.

Your vehicle will be required to be equipped with an Ignition
Interlock Device.

You have to have an alcohol assessment (AODA).





OWI Homicide:
You will be sentenced up to 25 years in prison if it’s a 1st
offense OWI or up to 40 years if you have 1 or more prior
OWI conviction(s).

The fine will range up to $100,000, plus substantial court
costs.

You may get 6 demerit points on your license and your
driver’s license will be revoked for 5 years, and you have to
wait 120 days (or 12 months if 2 or more offenses in 5
years) before you are eligible for an occupational license,
then you may get one as long as you obtain an SR22 high
risk rider insurance policy.

Your vehicle will be required to be equipped with an Ignition
Interlock Device.

You have to have an alcohol assessment (AODA).





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