Your recent drunk driving arrest was a first offense, so you are probably nervous and uncertain about what to expect. You may be getting advice from well-meaning friends who are suggesting you accept your penalty because a first-offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Wisconsin carries minimal fines and no jail time.
However, even a misdemeanor conviction remains on your record, and this can have detrimental effects on your future goals and opportunities. Additionally, with an OWI already on your record, if you happen to get pulled over for a second offense, you face much more serious consequences. With the help of an attorney, you may be able to avoid a first-offense conviction through negotiating for a diversion program.