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    In all states, driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 is considered to a certain degree a criminal defense and driving under the influence, which is a crime. Many factors can affect the number of drinks it takes a driver to get to this BAC, including the driver’s weight, genetic makeup, and gender. Even if your BAC is lower than .08, you may be too inebriated to drive. Consuming alcohol can reduce a driver’s reaction time to unexpected events like an accident and can cause a driver to drive erratically and end up involved in an accident causing property damage. Among the penalties are losing your driver’s license, jail time, community service and losing the ability permanently to operate a vehicle.  It’s a serious criminal matter requiring criminal defense attorneys who only practice criminal defense law.  Only a law firm that practices criminal defense law by criminal defense attorneys appreciates the penalties gearing up for a trial.  This is especially true in situations involving an accident causing property damage.

    The law firm or more specifically the defense firm who routinely represent those who operate a motor vehicle needs to know the penalties.  For your sake the firm needs to handle only criminal law and criminal defense. Those charged with drunk driving in criminal court and acquitted may be surprised to find themselves still liable in civil court to anybody they injured or killed and involved in an accident. There is no defense that keeps you out of civil court if you are found guilty especially if you cause property damage. If you cause an accident damaging someone’s property it is someone’s else’s property and you owe them especially if you were found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt during a trial.

    The criminal and civil justice systems are separate, and the standard of proof is more stringent in criminal than it is in civil court. In civil court you need to show property damage. The property damage is the amount which is going to be fought over. In criminal courts, the burden of proof is “beyond am reasonable doubt.” Usually, by contrast, the burden of proof in a civil personal injury lawsuit is “preponderance of the evidence.”

    This means the plaintiff must prove a fact and damages by showing that his or her version of events is more likely than not to be accurate. Accordingly, there may be enough evidence to hold a person civilly liable for causing an injury while drunk driving, even though there is not enough evidence to prove the same person caused the accident “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Some states permit a person hurt by a drunk driver to sue not only the drunk driver but also the bar or other entity that served the alcoholic beverages in spite of the driver’s visible or obvious intoxication. These laws are known as “Dram Shop Liability” laws. These laws can be useful to plaintiffs because bars, other entities or another person may have insurance policies that permit recovery even if you are operating a vehicle, uninsured or underinsured and judgment-proof.

    In any car crash case, the types of damages available to the party not at fault (another person and not the operator of the vehicle while intoxicated) may be both economic and noneconomic. Again it is property damage. Economic damages may include past and future wage loss, past and future medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, household services, and vocational rehabilitation. Noneconomic damages are those intangible damages that may vary from case to case, such as pain and suffering and loss of consortium. Usually, plaintiffs  invoke punitive damages in cases involving egregious wrongdoing with a vehicle by wealthy corporate defendants. However, in certain cases, those who pled guilty or who were convicted of a DUI may have to pay punitive damages in a civil case. The purpose of punitive damages in such a case is to impose a penalty that is harsh enough to deter the driver from driving drunk again.

    DUI Causing Damage is the act of driving a vehicle while intoxicated. It has serious consequences on an individual’s personal and professional life, as well as their family members. For example, this can lead to a DUI driver hurting themselves or others. The person may also lose their job and/or be unable to drive for up to one year.

    If you have been arrested for DUI Causing Damage, you should contact a lawyer for assistance.

    One Offense, Two Tickets!

    The Basics of Operating Under The Influence

    Many drivers accused of a DUI for the first time are confused when they are handed two tickets for what they thought was one offense. In fact, Wisconsin breaks intoxicated driving into two offenses: operating under the influence and operating with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration (PAC). The BAC (or PAC….same thing) ticket accuses you of driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher. The OWI ticket accuses you of driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance whether that be alcohol, narcotic drugs or medication. Even if you are convicted of both, you can only be penalized once. The two tickets have the same penalties. But prosecutors like the redundant tickets as it allows them to move forward with one even if your criminal law attorney can disprove the other.

    Common DUI Defense Questions

    What legal DUI defense strategy has he or she used to win “unwinnable” cases before?

    • “Not Operating the Vehicle” – If we can show a jury someone else was operating the vehicle when you intoxicated, this type of defense has been very successful in our record of high not guilty jury results.
    • “Not Under The Influence” – If we can show a jury that you may have had some alcohol but did not consume enough to be operating under the influence, again this type of defense has been very successful in our record of high not guilty jury results.

    Other Types Of DUI Defenses

    • Collateral Attacks – If one or more of your previous convictions was entered without appreciating all you rirights (call us to see if they were) we can get the conviction thrown out for counting purposes, taking an OWI 3rd+ to an OWI 1st.
    • Failure to Stop – Law enforcement has to have “an articulable suspicion that crime is afoot” or a known tipster who called in the activity and then observe erratic driving.  Unless they can show it, the entire stop may be deemed unconstitutional.


    First Offense

    The minimum penalties for a DUI first offense are as follows:

    • Fine of $500 – $1,000. License suspension between 8 months and 1 year
    • Ignition interlock device of up to a 9 month period on your vehicle
    • Mandatory installation of an interlock device on all vehicles (we can decrease the vehicle number to 1) with a bac of .149 or more


    Second Offense

    The minimum penalties for a DUI second offense are as follows:

    • License suspension: At a minimum, you will lose your license for one full year and face restricted driving for two more years.The cost: $1800 in fines and costs
    • Jail time: Up to 9 months
    • Ignition interlock device: 1 year period on your vehicle
    • You cannot reduce the suspension time without doing alcohol treatment.
    • Mandatory installation of an interlock device on all vehicles.
    • Jail time: up to 9 months
    • License revocation: 270 days to one year


    Third Offense

    • Check our OWI Guideline tab for the county you get the ticket in to find out the normal penalties.


    Seventh+ Offense

    • Prison for at least 3 years. Incarceration for some of the term and extended supervision (now called Parole) for the remainder.


    Your Driver’s License

    The DOT hearing is completely separate from your drunk driving case. The DOT decides the validity of your driver’s license. The DOT does listen to the state court system (judge’s order) as to how long your license is going to be suspended but determines your driver’s license rule beyond that.


    Your Commercial Driver’s License

    If you are a CDL driver or have one in the family, it is crucial to know that there are different rules when it comes to DUI’s. A DUI conviction will stay on your record for life.


    Two Firsts and a Third After Ten Years Rule

    In Wisconsin if there is 10 years or more between your 1st DUI conviction and your 2nd DUI conviction, the State just gives you another OWI 1st, but as soon as you get your 3rd the State counts all your OWIs your entire life.


    One Offense Two Tickets

    Many drivers accused of such cases for the first time are confused when they are handed two tickets for what they thought was one event. In fact, Wisconsin breaks intoxicated driving into two offenses: operating under the influence and operating with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration (PAC). A good DUI defense attorney should know this. The PAC or Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) ticket accuses you of driving with a blood-alcohol concentration or blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher breath or blood test.

    The police will accuse you of driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance whether that be alcohol, narcotic drugs or medication. Even if you are convicted of both, you can only be penalized once. The two tickets have the same penalties. But prosecutors like the redundant tickets as it allows them to move forward with one even if we can disprove the other conviction.

    What Type of DUI Cases Do We Handle

    Call us at 715-723-7160 and we will discuss in detail the Chippewa County, Eau Claire County WI criminal defense attorney services we provide, why one should or SHOULD NOT get a lawyer for your first OWI charge, legal issue, repeater or felony charges based on the facts of your case.

    Why Our DUI Defense Attorneys are the Best Choice

    When you find yourself in need of a Chippewa Falls, WI DUI lawyer, Chippewa Falls, WI OWI lawyer or Chippewa Falls, WI DWI lawyer you want to know that you have the best legal representation. That is why our attorneys are the perfect choice – with years of experience and an understanding of local WI DUI Chippewa Falls, WI laws and crimes, they can help you through your DUI law proceedings with ease.

    When you’re looking for a Chippewa Falls, WI DUI attorney, Chippewa Falls, WI OWI attorney or Chippewa Falls, WI DWI attorney to defend you in legal matters after being arrested for drunk driving, it is important to understand the questions that commonly arise with DUI law.

    Our Chippewa Falls DUI lawyer or Chippewa Falls DUI defense attorney team tackle DUI/OWI case after DUI/OWI case for clients charged with DUI related cases in state courts. We have successfully defended DUI cases during trials with blood alcohol levels above the legal limit. However, clients who don’t hire DUI attorneys when facing a DUI case risk, the legal consequences.

    Schedule Your Free Client Consultation!

    We know you need the best in knowledgeable legal representation from a criminal law firm that treats your case with consideration and genuine concern. We look forward to hearing from you when you contact (888) 375-3056 for a FREE confidential consultation. Contact our lawyers to schedule your consultation. We’re just waiting for your call and look forward to putting your mind (and license) at ease. Avoid a wrongful conviction of a crime and call our number to become a client.

    For those of you who have been wrongly charged or at least have not done all the things the State is saying you did, getting a good owi or dui defense attorney from a law firm devoted to these is key.  Anybody can go into court an plead guilty to an owi, dwi or dui but knowing exactly what your pleading to and everything that comes along with it is the tough part.  Unless you are in court and breathe owi, dui or dwi defense service like we do, hiring good attorneys is a must no matter what your age is.

    Click one of the options under Free Consultation to schedule a convenient time to sit down or contact one of our local attorneys.  You Need Answers Now. OWI, DWI or operating a vehicle while intoxicated defense is not one of those things that can be “pushed off”. What’s going on with your case is a life altering event like jail so you deserve an attorney or lawyer that appreciates that fact. or send one of our attorneys a message through our email form today. Your future and the future of your family is relying on your choice.

    Our Attorneys

    Proving Answers & Peace of Mind During Litigation Chaos
    Mark Mullen

    Mark R. Mullen

    Managing Partner – Business Operations

    Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

    OWI Defense
    Mobile: (715) 828-4780

    Attorney Mark Mullen spends most of his time managing Mullen, Schlough & Associates S.C. He uses his business education along with extensive knowledge of everyday law firm operations combined with 10 years courtroom experience to insure attorneys with the firm provide quality legal representation. In addition, he believes and strives to insure successful attorneys start with an organized office environment with highly trained and experienced staff providing attorneys to have only one issue on their minds: winning the case.

    Scott S. Schlough

    Scott S. Schlough

    Managing Partner – Legal Services

    Menomonie, Wisconsin

    Criminal Defense & OWI Defense
    Mobile: (715) 821-1287

    Attorney Schlough attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where he studied Political Science and Communications. He also had to opportunity to complete two internships in the Minnesota government, first with the Minnesota House of Representatives and then with former Governor Tim Pawlenty. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he immediately enrolled in law school at William Mitchell College of Law. While at William Mitchell, Attorney Schlough was active in the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity and was also president of the Ski and Snowboard club at William Mitchell. He is licensed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.

    Why Our Flexible Flat Fee Prices and Payment Plans Fit Your Situation

    Thankfully, when it comes to Chippewa Falls DUI, OWI, and DWI defense lawyers, we offer a unique advantage: our flat fee flexible prices and payment plans! We understand that because these charges are so expensive, it can be hard to afford quality legal representation. That’s why our team is committed to making sure you receive the DUI lawyer Chippewa Falls OWI lawyer Chippewa Falls DWI lawyer services you need at an affordable price. We will work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget, no matter your financial situation. With us on your side, you don’t have to worry about how much your defense costs; instead, focus on achieving the best outcome for your case.

    Our Prices & Payment Plans

    Criminal Defense


    Starting at $6000
    Half Required Down Before We Start
    Criminal Defense


    Starting at $4500
    Half Required Down Before We Start
    OWI/DUI Defense

    1st to 3rd

    Starting at $4500
    Half Required Down Before We Start
    OWI/DUI Defense


    Starting at $6000
    Half Required Down Before We Start

    What’s Unique About Us

    At Mullen, Schlough & Associates S.C. we are proud to offer the very best in DUI attorney legal services for all of your DUI, OWI and DWI related needs. Our team is uniquely qualified, with each lawyer having years of experience focusing on criminal defense and DUI related matters. We have intimate knowledge of the laws associated with driving under the influence, enabling us to provide our clients with personalized defense strategies tailored to their specific cases and needs. On top of this, we have a commitment to excellence that sets us apart from similar firms.

    When clients are looking for Chippewa Falls DUI attorney, Chippewa Falls OWI attorney or Chippewa Falls Wisconsin DWI attorney to represent you in legal matters concerning drunk driving, it is important to understand the questions that commonly arise. Our experienced attorneys at Mullen, Schlough & Associates S.C. are dedicated to providing outstanding service and have years of experience when it comes to common drunk and drug related driving questions.

    People who have worked with us in the past have said nothing but positive reviews, making us the perfect option if you are looking for an attorney who deals with any common drunk driving questions you may have. At Mullen, Schlough & Associates S.C., we strive to make your experience as convenient and stress-free as possible, setting us apart from other law firms in Chippewa Falls.

    ·Flexible Flat Fee Prices And Payment Plans with Liberal Monthly Payments
    .Local Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Court, Police and District Attorney and/or Prosecutor Familiarity 
    ·Great Customer Service

    Meet With Us Today!

    It’s important to act quickly when you are charged with a owi or drunk driving. The longer you wait, the easier it is for evidence and opportunities to disappear. But it is especially important to take action early with an OWI, DWI or DUI offense. Wisconsin law states you have 10 days to request a hearing where you can fight the automatic driver’s license suspension. By law, you are entitled to this hearing, but you must request it within 10 days or you automatically lose your chance to defend your license. The DOT hearing is completely separate from your OWI or DUI case. You can and should have an attorney representing you at both. Mullen, Schlough & Associates S.C. coordinates defense of both cases as part of our service to Wisconsin DUI defense. Mullen, Schlough & Associates S.C. represents clients throughout Wisconsin who have been charged with an OWI, DUI or DWI driver offenses or other driving impairment offense sometimes involving drugs. We represent people who are accused of all types of Driving While Intoxicated, OWI, DUI charges from simple first offenses to complex cases involving high amount of alcohol BACs legal limit vehicle while intoxicated operating under the influence cases resulting in serious accidents. In fact, Managing Lawyer Mark Mullen has won multiple trials involving very high BACs and potential felony charges. Managing Partner Scott Schlough has won motion hearings bringing 5+ OWIs down to OWI 1st s. In addition our partners have won drunk driving charges even more involved than that. It is crucial that you consult with and hire the best OWI, DUI, DWI or Drunk Driving attorney or at least the best OWI, DUI, DWI or Drunk Driving lawyer near you. If an OWI, DUI, DWI or Drunk Driving attorney near me is important (which it should be) give us a call so we can be there to help. Remember a traffic misdemeanor and minimum penalties is our goal, how about you?

    Hire A Professional!

    It is extremely important to hire the best criminal traffic vehicular homicide professional to represent your best interests. The primary goal is to keep you out of the criminal court system so you can move on with your life without the danger of a lengthy prison sentence or a criminal record. Just a suspension is our goal and we shall shoot for it. The less in penalties the better.

    State vs. Citizen Accused of Multiple First Degree Sexual Assault & Armed Robbery
    Taylor County vs. Citizen Accused of Multiple First Degree Sexual Assault and Armed Robbery A client had been charged with multiple felony counts that could have led to over 150 years of imprisonment. The attorneys at Mullen, Schlough & Associates SC were able to investigate the matter and show that law enforcement did not properly investigate and jumped to conclusions based upon faulty voice recognition. Testimony elicited on cross examination of the alleged victim indicated a large number of inconsistencies and reasonable doubt lead to acquittal. ***Not Guilty Prosecutors Motion To Dismiss***
    State vs. Citizen Accused of Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child
    Clark County vs. Citizen Accused of Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child The client was accused of multiple sexual contacts with a child under age 13. After researchingthe alleged timeline of the alleged assaults, and extensive investigation by the Firm, the endresult was a two-pronged attack - rationale for the child to not be disclosing the truth and also the fact that it could be shown, uncontrovertibly, that on at least 3 of the alleged occasions itcould not have happened at all. Mullen, Schlough & Associates SC's aggressive treatment of the case was a key contributor to the acquittal. ***Not Guilty Jury Verdict***
    State vs. Citizen Accused of Domestic Disorderly Conduct & Domestic Battery
    Eau Claire County vs. Domestic Disorderly Conduct and Domestic Battery Attorney Mullen showed the prosecution, due to the nature of relationships among all parties involved, such a case would be fruitless for the State to try to win at trial. Such cases were dismissed entirely due to Attorney Mullen and various prosecutors experience in such areas. ***Case Dismissed Upon Defense Motion)***

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