Info Regarding OWI or DUI Drug Charge

Being recognized and charged with an OWI (operating while intoxicated) or a DUI (driving under the influence)  in Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, Eau Claire, Eau Claire, County, Menomonie, Dunn County,  Rice Lake or Barron County, Wisconsin can result in serious consequences for anyone who has been caught with drugs, alcohol, or OTC (Over the Counter) meds in their system while driving.

If charged with impaired or drugged driving (prescription drugs included, not confined to recreational drugs like marijuana), you may face large monetary fines, plus potential driver’s license revocation or suspension. You will also be required to attend substance abuse counseling, such as AA, receive time in jail and may even be required to have an IID (ignition interlock device) installed into your vehicle. Penalizations can worsen if certain impacting factors are also present in your case.  

If you or anyone you know has been charged with DUI or an OWI, the first step is to get in touch with the best OWI lawyers, so you can talk through  the charges against you and understand the next steps. One of the largest and misleading misconceptions is that an individual needs to be visibly intoxicated to be arrested for this offense. On the contrary, an OWI or DUI conviction can be caused by any impairing substance, not subjected to the effects of alcohol. 

By investigating what happened during your arrest is one way a lawyer can assist you. Was your physical appearance (including your behaviors and speech) ordinary at the time of your arrest? If so, Mullen Schlough & Associates S.C. will use this to your advantage in defending your drug intoxication case while the prosecution attempts to demonstrate that you were exceedingly intoxicated to the point of lacking the ability to care for your own safety or the safety of others on the road

The impact fighting this charge can have on your finances and your freedom is much biggerthan you can imagine. For example, if you are charged with intoxicated or drunk driving, you must attend a rehabilitation facility as well as a long-drawn-out impaired driver’s education program.The court could potentially suspend your driver’s license for as many as 3 years, depending on the situational factors of your case. This, then, creates difficulty for you to get to your required court hearings and programs. You’ll need to rely on others to take you or find money for a car service. If you prioritize contacting the best OWI or DUI criminal defense lawyer as a first step, you have a chance at beating the charge or at least reducing the judicial punishment.

The OWI criminal defense attorneys at Mullen Schlough & Associates S.C. have decades of experience in drug and driving-related offenses. Your best interests are always in mind when representing your drug related case and will provide guidance so you can put these burdensome charges to bed as fast as possible. You can take advantage of their payment plan to finally ease the financial burden.

Here is a list of possible Defenses for Drug Possession to help you understand what’s in store 

Examinations in a Crime Lab:

The prosecution must demonstrate that a seized substance is indeed the illegal drug it claims it is by sending the proof to a crime lab for further examination.  At that point, the crime lab analyst must bear witness in court in order for the prosecution to put forth its case.


Unconstitutional Search and Seizure

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ensures the privilege of just and lawful treatment, including legal search and seizure methods before an arrest. Search and seizure issues are a regular territory for drug possession defenses.


Illegal medications found on display might be seized and utilized as proof. In opposition, drugs found in a hidden place can’t be entered into evidence. In the event that the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights were violated, the drugs can’t be utilized at trial and the charges normally are dropped.


Medical Marijuana Exception:

States where medical marijuana has been legalized typically require a doctor’s signed recommendation. In the case of an affirmative defense by individuals arrested on marijuana possession charges, some of those states can make accommodations to those who can show clear and credible evidence of medical necessity.


Missing Drugs:

Here, prosecutors who lose or otherwise lack the actual drugs risk having their case dismissed. Seized drugs usually get transferred numerous times before being left in the evidence locker, so it should never be assumed that the proof still exists during trial.



While legal officials are allowed to set up smart operations, entrapment occurs when police officers or sources provoke a suspect to commit a crime he or she otherwise may not have committed. If an official pressures a suspect into passing drugs to a third party on the scene, for example, then this may be viewed as a form of  entrapment. Entrapment occurs when the state provides the drugs that are being referred to.


Drugs Belong to Someone Else:

This is when you claim the drugs have not been obtained or owned by you. An experienced OWI lawyer will coerce prosecutors to prove that the drugs found in the vehicle belonged to another person.


The criminal defense law firm specializing in OWI/DUI with expertise in drug intoxication defense related legal services of Mullen Schlough & Associates S.C. have successfully litigated legal obstacles and trials in OWI cases resulting in dismissals and acquittals. They have even helped drivers accused of operating a vehicle while intoxicated avoid prison, preserve driving privileges and protect a good permanent record.  

To be clear, you should never get behind the wheel if you’ve been taking drugs of any kind (including cannabis, a recreational drug, and OTC medication that comes with a warning, including cough medicine). If you or anyone you know is experiencing an alcohol or drug problem that is “slightly out of control,” please visit: 

For more information or to learn about our services and payment options visit Mullen,Schlough & Associates S.C.

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