Traffic violations may seem like a minor offense, but if you get too many, your driver's license can be taken away. To ensure your license stays point free, it may be worth working with an attorney if you have recently been ticketed for reckless driving, OWI or any other traffic-related offense.
Wisconsin works on a 12-point demerit system. This means if you receive 12 or more demerits on your license, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has the authority to suspend your license for at least two months (longer if you were charged with an operating while intoxicated offense).
While there are a number of traffic violations that will result in little more than a citation, reckless and drunk driving can be classified as criminal charges. This means you will be required to go to court to enter a plea to the charge, and may face a criminal sentence if you plead guilty or are later convicted at trial.
Reckless driving is defined as driving with disregard for the safety of others. Behaviors that are defined as reckless driving include excessive speeding, racing, eluding the police, and passing another vehicle on a two-lane highway with limited visibility of oncoming traffic.
OWI is the act of operating a vehicle while over the legal limit or when your driving is compromised by alcohol or other intoxicating substances.
Both reckless driving and OWI can result in fines, driver's license suspension and much more. If you are currently facing one of these charges—or any other traffic offense—the legal team at Tracey Wood and Associates is available to help. Thanks to their experience in criminal defense and familiarity with the Wisconsin courts, they have the skills necessary to defend you against your pending charges.
If you are still deciding whether you should fight your charges, we invite you to schedule a case evaluation via our online contact form. Our attorneys can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision regarding your case.