In an effort to reduce drunk driving offenses, Wisconsin assesses fines, driver’s license penalties, and sometimes jail time to drunk driving offenders. Below is a summary of potential consequences for drunk driving offenses.
- A first time offense is usually a non-criminal traffic citation, meaning no jail time may be assessed and a conviction will not be listed on the person’s criminal record.
- If the first time offender caused a motor vehicle accident and injury, or had a minor passenger in the car, the charge may become criminal, even though it is the person’s first offense.
- First time offenses incur license revocations for six to nine months.
- If the offender’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was a 0.15 or above, an ignition interlock device is required to be installed in all vehicles titled in the driver’s name.
- Fines range from $150 – $300, not including costs. With costs, total monies owed can range from $800 – $1000.
- If an accident or injury was involved, fines and license revocation periods are subject to increase.
- A second offense that was committed
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