You were stopped after having one too many drinks, and now you face an OWI. You knew about a DUI, but you never heard about OWIs in the past. That might be confusing, but fortunately, there's an easy answer to your question.
Is there a difference between a DUI and OWI?
Sometimes, in other states there is. In Wisconsin, an OWI is essentially what other states call a DUI. OWI means operating while intoxicated, while DUI means driving while under the influence. Both apply to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Both can apply to adults or juveniles. You can receive lesser penalties than an OWI in Wisconsin in some cases, so it's important to tell your attorney all you know about your case.
Can you lose your ability to get insurance if you get an OWI or DUI?
It can make it harder to get insurance, and some insurance providers may not issue insurance to those convicted of an OWI or DUI.
What kind of penalties can I face for a DUI or OWI?
If you're under 21, you can be charged immediately and placed in a holding cell. If you're over 21, then bail is set. Usually, bail is between $150 and $2,500, even for first-offenders. A first-offense leads to a suspended license. You may lose it for up to nine months and could face a fine of up to $1,100 if there is a minor in the vehicle at the time of your arrest. You can apply for an occupational license immediately if it is needed.
Source: Difference Between, "Difference Between DUI and OWI," accessed April 07, 2017