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Just because you have been arrested for a DUI or PAC offense does not automatically mean that you are guilty. Every alcohol related stop is unique and is different from all others. Just because a friend did not get convicted of a DUI or PAC offense it doesn’t mean you won’t be convicted. Every DUI and PAC case is different. It is important to get a DUI lawyer’s help to make sure that if you cannot beat the DUI or PAC charge completely, you are able to manage the fallout of any penalties or sanctions that might be coming from the Courts or the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
One question is asked a lot. “Is a DUI a felony?” A DUI or PAC first offense under present Wisconsin Statutes is not a felony. It is a civil, not a criminal offense. This means it is not possible for you to go to jail if you are found guilty of your first DUI, assuming there are no enhanced penalty provisions to the charge.
Penalties that can be imposed for a first offense DUI include:
Failure to comply with imposed penalties on this type offense may lead to penalties that become more severe.
Other types of penalties that can come along with a DUI or PAC first offense conviction can include:
There are also the more intangible penalties such as loss of self-worth, lowered self-respect, or the loss of respect from employers and others.