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Stiffer Penalties for OWI Offenses in Appleton and Oshkosh

Stiffer penalties are now coming in 2017 for people convicted of Operating While Intoxicated in Appleton, Oshkosh, and throughout Wisconsin.  The new law becomes effective, kicks in, on Jan. 1, 2017.  The new law makes a fourth OWI offense a felony and will also increases the maximum sentence for fifth and sixth offenses from three years imprisonment to five years imprisonment.

Petit & Dommershausen, S.C. would like to remind our friends and neighbors of the great options available for a safe ride home if you have had too much to drink.  Should you or a loved one encounter a legal matter related to OWI, please do not hesitate to contact our firm at 920-739-9900.

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Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in Wisconsin

Anyone charged with a criminal offense faces the possibility of incarceration, fines, and lifelong consequences. You should consult a lawyer to fully understand the consequences of a criminal conviction.

Anyone charged with a criminal offense, as opposed to a civil offense, faces the possibility of incarceration. Many times, potential clients call to ask whether or not they need an attorney. Our standard response is that anyone facing the possibility of incarceration and the large fines that are available to be levied against defendants in a criminal case certainly should get legal counsel if they can afford it. When someone’s liberty is at stake, experienced, skilled and aggressive representation can make the difference between time behind bars and time spent with loved ones and in a productive capacity.

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Arrested in Oshkosh? | Information you need to know

MY SON GOT ARRESTED.  WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

             An arrest can be a parent’s or grandparent’s worst nightmare.  Maybe your child or grandchild made a mistake.  Or, even worse, your child or grandchild has been wrongfully accused of some criminal wrongdoing.

In the event one of your loved ones faces arrest or is taken into custody by law enforcement, you should be aware of the following information.  Many times officers make an arrest based on alleged probable cause without an arrest warrant.  This is a completely legal process.  If an officer makes a warrantless arrest, your child or grandchild’s arrest must be reviewed by an impartial magistrate (judge or court commissioner) within 48 business hours of arrest.  However, this does not mean your child or grandchild will go in front of the judge for a bail hearing at that time.  If a magistrate determines that probable cause exists, your son or daughter or grandchild could still sit in jail for days or more before going to court.

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OWI (DUI/DWI) and Your Driver's License

1) Arrest and Sample
In Northeast Wisconsin, nearly all law enforcement agencies prefer to test your blood upon arrest for OWI. In most cases, the blood sample is sent to the State Hygiene Lab.
2) Notice of Suspension
Usually, the arresting officer will receive the results of that blood test within a few weeks. If the sample indicates a prohibited alcohol concentration, the officer will forward the results on to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the officer will provide you with a “Notice of Suspension of Operating Privilege.” This document informs you that the DOT will be suspending your license within 30 days of you receiving the notice.

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