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Penalties – OWI Conviction

 The Penalties for OWI Conviction

The Penalties for OWI Conviction

  • First OWI Conviction: In addition to facing a high monetary forfeiture and other associated court costs, your driving privileges will be revoked for 6 to 9 months following your first OWI conviction in Wisconsin. You will also be required to attend a mandatory alcohol education program and an alcohol treatment program. Additionally, your insurance company may increase your rates to an unmanageable level or you may lose coverage.
  • First OWI Conviction (with minor passenger): A first offense OWI conviction where a person under age 16 was present in the vehicle is a criminal offense, and the penalties are similar to those for a second offense conviction: a minimum of 5 days to 6 months in jail, $350-$1,100 in fines plus associated court costs.
  • Second OWI Conviction: A second OWI conviction results in driving privileges being revoked for 12 to 18 months, a minimum of 5 days to 6 months in jail, $350-$1,100 in fines plus associated court costs, vehicle immobilization with an ignition interlock device (IID) for 12 to 18 months, and mandatory alcohol treatment.
  • Third OWI Conviction: A third OWI conviction results in driving privileges being revoked for 2 to 3 years, 45 days to 1 year in jail, $600-$2,000 in fines, vehicle immobilization with an ignition interlock device (IID) for 12 to 36 months, and mandatory alcohol treatment.
  • Fourth OWI Conviction (five years or more since last conviction):A fourth OWI conviction results in driving privileges being revoked for 2 to 3 years, 60 days to 1 year in jail, $600-$2,000 in fines, vehicle immobilization with an ignition interlock device (IID) for 12 to 36 months, and mandatory alcohol treatment.
  • Fourth OWI Conviction (less than five years since last conviction), Fifth Conviction, or Sixth Conviction: These are Class H felonies in Wisconsin. They result in a 2 to 3 year license revocation, 6 months to 3 years in jail, and $600-$10,000 in fines. A maximum of 3 years of extended supervision is possible.
  • Seventh OWI Conviction, (Eighth Conviction, or Ninth Conviction): These are Class G felonies in Wisconsin.  They result in 3-5 years in prison, with a maximum of 5 years of extended supervision, and up to $25,000.00 in fines.
  • Tenth OWI Conviction: This and subsequent OWI convictions are Class F felonies.  They result in 4-7.5 years in prison, with a maximum of 5 years of extended supervision, and up to $25,000.00 in fines. 
  • OWI Conviction Causing Injury: An OWI conviction resulting in an injury is punishable by $300-$2,000 in fines, 30 days to 1 year of imprisonment (up to 6 years for those with a prior OWI conviction).