When you got arrested during a Wisconsin traffic stop, it might have felt like the earth dropped out from under you. You knew you had to call your family. It was also likely the situation was going to interfere with your job, namely because you’d have to request time off for court appointments. Facing OWI charges can be damaging to your personal and professional reputation, even if you ultimately obtain a positive outcome in court.
There are several important issues to keep in mind as you navigate the criminal justice system. The first is that you do not have to go it alone. In fact, most defendants request experienced legal representation before heading to court. Even if you’ve never been in trouble with the law before, you might not feel as stressed if you have an experienced attorney by your side when you stand before a judge.
During a traffic stop, your rights are not negated. If the officer in question wishes to search your vehicle, for instance, he or she needs a valid search warrant to do so, unless extenuating circumstances create an exception to the rule. If you believe that a law enforcement officer violated your rights at any time leading up to, during or following your arrest, you can discuss the situation with your attorney.
Not every OWI accusation goes to trial in Wisconsin. In fact, a judge might dismiss a particular case if evidence is lacking. Then again, a case may go to trial but a portion of the evidence might be ruled inadmissible. This is another reason it pays to have an attorney who is well-versed in criminal law by your side throughout proceedings. Krische & Moertel LLC knows how to look for weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and is equipped to help you protect your driver’s license and also help you fight to preserve your freedom.