On March 28, 2018, Governor Scott Walker signed SB 135 into law. Under SB 135 a person who has been convicted of 4 or more offenses of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) shall face a lifetime revocation of their driving privileges. Additionally, convictions for homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, or homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle count towards a person’s total number of OWI related convictions.
SB 135 requires that the Department of Transportation permanently revoke a person’s driver’s license, with the person having the opportunity to petition for reinstatement after a 10 year period. Further, after a person’s driving privilege is revoked after having 4 or more convictions, they are not eligible for an occupational license.
In order to apply for reinstatement, the individual must:
SB 135 is not retroactive to individuals who have already been convicted of 4 or more OWI related offenses, however an individual previously convicted of 3 OWI related offenses will have their license revoked after their next conviction. The new law went into effect on March 28, 2018, and applies to anyone convicted of a 4th OWI related offense or more after the effective date.
If you are arrested for OWI in Southeastern Wisconsin or Northern Illinois, call Cafferty & Scheidegger, S.C., in Racine, Wisconsin, right away. There are often strategies to help you reduce or dismiss the charges you are facing before you face significant penalties.
Links and Research:
Full Text of Senate Bill 135 (SB 135): https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/related/proposals/sb135
Legal history and relevant links of SB 135: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/proposals/sb135
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