An experienced Wisconsin DUI attorney
There are serious potential consequences to drunk driving offenses in Wisconsin, including hefty fines, jail time, car impoundment, suspension of your driver’s license and alcohol counseling classes. If you have been arrested or charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI) — also known as driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) — you need to contact attorney Robert W. Keller as soon as possible. You need an OWI/DWI/DUI attorney who has the experience to represent you.
Robert W. Keller is a qualified Wisconsin lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in criminal defense. He thoroughly understands Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws and has the skills to represent you. He can seek to have your case dismissed due to reasons such as improper administration of field sobriety tests, blood/urine tests, or lack of probable cause. He will gather all police reports and talk with the prosecution about any plea deals. You can then discuss together whether taking a plea deal or going to trial is the best outcome for your situation.
If you were arrested for OWI/DWI/DUI, you must discuss your case with a DUI attorney immediately. You only have 10 days to request a hearing to challenge a driver’s license suspension. As your lawyer, Mr. Keller can represent you at the administrative hearing. He can also help you request a temporary license for school and employment purposes.
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Mr. Keller helped me get a 15 day sentence for my second OWI with a .21 BAC. After serving 48 hrs, I was released for the remainder of the sentence on the electronic monitoring program. Needless to say, I was very fortunate to have Mr. Keller as my attorney. He told me exactly what to expect and helped me prepare for sentencing, which explains the relatively short sentence.
Robert Keller is an excellent, intelligent, lawyer who fought on my behalf and was very professional. He is at your service and will answer all questions and was confident and honest with what he felt the outcome would be. I wouldn’t suggest anyone else.
Robert Keller truly is a trustworthy lawyer in the Racine area. He is well respected in the courtroom and does a fantastic job throughtout the whole courtroom process. There is not enough I can say to anyone in need of a great counselor other than Robert Keller is the lawyer I would turn to.
Drunk driving penalties in Wisconsin
- First OWI: $150-$300 fine, 6-9 months driver’s license revocation and possible Ignition Interlock Device or IID.
- Second OWI (within 10 years): $350-$1,100 fine, 12-18 months driver’s license revocation, up to 6 months jail time and Ignition Interlock Device or IID.
- Third OWI (within 10 years): $600-$2,000 fine, two-three years driver’s license revocation, up to 1 year jail time and Ignition Interlock Device or IID.
- Fourth OWI (including one or more convictions within five years): felony, $600-$10,000 fine, lifetime driver’s license revocation, up to six years jail time and Ignition Interlock Device or IID.
- Fifth OWI (within 10 years): felony, $600-$10,000 fine, lifetime, up to six or more years jail time, Ignition Interlock Device or IID.
How does attorney Robert W. Keller defend your DUI case?
As your DUI attorney, Mr. Keller investigates every element of the offense charged.
A prosecutor must first prove that you were operating a motor vehicle on highway. Some cases lend themselves to claims that the defendant was not “operating,” or that they were not on a “highway.”
Second, the prosecutor has to prove that:
- you were impaired because of an intoxicant or drug, or,
- your blood alcohol concentration or BAC was above the legal limit, or that you had a restricted controlled substance in your blood.
Effective cross-examination of the arresting officer can oftentimes reveal that the driver passed the field sobriety tests despite claims from the officer that the driver failed them. Breath and blood tests can be challenged because they are inaccurate, or because the officer did not follow the proper rules and procedures when obtaining a sample.
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Did I make a mistake when I agreed to provide a breath or blood sample?
People often ask whether they should refuse to provide a sample of their breath or blood. With some exceptions, probably not. The law allows a police officer to get a search warrant to take a blood sample even if you refuse. There is not much to be gained by refusing. If you refuse, your license can be revoked and your refusal can be used against you as consciousness of guilt.
What is an IID?
An IID is an Ignition Interlock Device. If you were found guilty of a first-offense DUI and your BAC was .15 or greater, the law requires the installation of an IID in any vehicle you drive, own, or that is registered to you. It is required in all situations where the offense is OWI second or greater. The IID will test your breath and prevent your vehicle from starting if you have been drinking.
Can I get an occupational driver’s license?
Most drivers can get an occupational license. There is a waiting period of 45 days for second or subsequent offenses.
You need to have proof of insurance (SR22) filed with the State of Wisconsin before you are eligible for an occupational license.