Third Offense OWI/DUI in Wisconsin

Here is what you should know about the penalties for those convicted of a third offense OWI/DUI in Wisconsin.

Administrative Penalties

In Wisconsin the administrative penalties for this third offense include a license revocation for a period of 2 to 3 years. An occpuational license can be applied for after 45 days.

Criminal Penalties

The criminal penalties for a third offense OWI/DUI include:

  • A fine of $600 to $2,000 in addition to the $355 surcharge. The fine range is based upon the prohibited alcohol concentration or whether a minor was in the car.  In some cases you may have to pay more than even $6,000 if your blood alcohol content was "excessive" . 
  • Confinement (jail time) of 45 days to one year (or 14 day minimum under the "Safe Streets" option).

The Lookback Period

The lookback period is how far back in time courts will look to count offenses together.  This means that another offense must have happened within this time range for the current offense to be counted as a second or third offense.  For Wisconsin the lookback period is 10 years.

Felony vs. Misdemeanor in Wisconsin

A third OWI/DUI conviction within 10 years is a misdemeanor (although it may rise to a felony if other charges are included). The time spent in jail for a misdemeanor will be spent at a county or local municipal jail. 

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