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  • Dan Skarie

OWI 1st Offense Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Ignition Interlock Device Avoided

Updated: Mar 12

Not all OWI cases are triable cases. Sometimes the best result for the client is to mitigate the consequences as much as possible. In this case, client was cited for unreasonable and imprudent speed, deviating from his designated lane of travel, operating while under the influence and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration of .16 g/210L of breath, twice the legal limit of .08.


For first offense Wisconsin drunk driving offenders, a reported BAC of above .15 requires the installation of an ignition interlock device ("IID") for the period of one year. The IID must be installed in any car titled in the offenders name and the offender may only operate a vehicle with an ignition interlock device. The device is costly, embarrassing and a major inconvenience.


In this case, after extensive negotiations with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office, the District Attorney's office agreed to dismiss the client's citations for unreasonable and imprudent speed and deviation from designated lane. In addition, upon the client's guilty plea to the OWI, the parties agreed to a stipulation that at the time of operation the client's BAC was .149 as well as a minimum fine and driver's license revocation. This saved the client the expensive IID requirement and made the client's situation a little more bearable. Another happy client.