Facing any type of criminal charge can be intimidating and frightening. When I represent individuals accused of crimes, I never forget that the United States Constitution guarantees us the right to sit before a judge or a jury as innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I will passionately investigate the facts and laws surrounding your case and advocate for your best interests at every stage of the legal process. While I primarily help those facing OWI charges, I proudly defend the rights of individuals facing various criminal charges throughout the Fox Valley area.
The term OWI stands for “Operating [a motor vehicle] While Under the Influence of an Intoxicant.” Essentially, if law enforcement suspects that you were operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a controlled substance, they may arrest you. In Wisconsin, both first-time and repeat offenders can face mandatory fines, jail time, and other penalties if convicted. Call me if you are facing any type of criminal or OWI charge so that I may guide you through the process and give you the answers you need to make informed decisions as to how to handle your case.
It is my job to tell your story, to look at any set of circumstances from a different perspective – your perspective. Together, we will work hard to obtain the most favorable outcome possible given the specifics of the case.
When you are charged with a crime, it can be a very intimidating and difficult challenge to face alone. You may be scared, angry, and upset, and it’s natural to have questions. “Am I going to jail?” “Will I lose my job?” “Should I speak with the police?” These are just a few of the unanswered questions that may weigh upon you and keep you up at night. Perhaps you unknowingly made a decision that results in the loss of your job, time in jail, or pleading to a charge of which you are not guilty.
I understand how frightening this experience can be, which is why I work hard to defend your rights and treat you with the respect and compassion you deserve. There are two sides to every story, and I pride myself on my ability to effectively tell your story, whether that is to a judge, a prosecutor, or a jury.
OWI Breath Test Refusal Cases
If law enforcement pulls you over on suspicion of OWI, officers will likely ask you to provide a blood sample to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC) level. Some people mistakenly think that refusing to take a blood test will help them avoid an OWI charge. As an “implied consent” state, Wisconsin has determined that drivers on the road have given their consent to chemical breath, blood, or urine testing if law enforcement has probable cause to request a test. Refusing to take a test can lead to additional penalties (i.e., fines, mandatory ignition interlock devices, and several months’ revocation of your driver’s license).
If you are facing an OWI refusal ticket the most pressing matter to handle after a breath test refusal is the automatic license revocation. Because you have only 10 days to request a hearing in the court, you should immediately contact Ulrich Law Office, LLC as soon as possible to discuss your situation. If a hearing is not requested within the statutory time frame, after the 10 days has elapsed your license will be revoked.