Supporting your college student through an OWI charge

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2024 | Owi

Legal troubles can be overwhelming, especially for college students. If your child is facing an Operating While Intoxicated charge, they will need your support during this challenging time.

As a parent, there are several ways you can assist your college student in navigating through the legal process and minimizing the impact of the charge on their future.

Provide emotional support

Allow your child to share their feelings, concerns and any information related to the OWI charge. Offer your unconditional love and support without judgment. Reassure them that you will stand by their side throughout the legal process.

Help them understand the consequences

Make sure your child understands the severity of an OWI charge in Wisconsin. Explain the potential penalties, including fines, license suspension and possible jail time. Help them realize the impact this could have on their future academic and career opportunities.

Encourage responsible behavior

Use this experience as an opportunity to discuss the importance of responsible decision-making, particularly when it comes to alcohol consumption. Encourage your child to learn from their mistakes and make positive behavior changes to avoid similar situations in the future.

Explore support resources

Research support resources available to college students facing legal challenges, such as counseling services or substance abuse programs offered by their university. Urge your child to utilize these resources to address any underlying issues that may have contributed to the OWI charge.

Stay positive and hopeful

Remain optimistic throughout the process. Help your child to stay focused on their goals and work towards a constructive resolution. Emphasize that this event does not define their future and that they can learn and grow from it.


Navigating an OWI charge in Wisconsin is stressful. By providing your college student with the necessary support and guidance, you can help them come to terms with the resulting consequences and move forward towards a brighter future.

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