Kenosha DUI Defense Lawyer

A drunk driving arrest must be taken seriously. Even if you are spared from jail, there may be collateral consequences for your driver's license, insurance and employment. Rather than hiring the cheapest lawyer or going to court on your own, you need an experienced attorney who has the mentality of avoiding a DUI conviction.

The Law Office of John Anthony Ward provides skilled and aggressive DUI defense in Kenosha County and southeast Wisconsin, as well as nearby counties of northern Illinois. We also handle other traffic offenses. The earlier we are involved, the more we can do to minimize the impact of a drunk driving arrest or traffic ticket.

We Fight Drunk Driving Charges

In over 31 years of criminal defense practice, attorney John Anthony Ward has represented hundreds of ordinary citizens accused of driving under the influence (DUI), operating while impaired (OWI) and operating a motor vehicle under the influence (OMVI) of alcohol or drugs.

The potential penalties depend upon the jurisdiction, the circumstances and any prior drunk driving convictions. We have handled every scenario, including:

  • First-time DUI
  • Repeat offense
  • Felony DUI
  • Underage driver
  • CDL driver
  • DUI on a revoked license
  • Homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle

In Wisconsin, a first DUI is not a criminal offense, but it may cost you your driving privileges and set you up for major penalties if you are ever accused of driving drunk in the future. And that first offense may be the one where law enforcement made the biggest mistake. Mr. Ward is effective at challenging DUI/OWI/OMVI charges, from the traffic stop and resulting field sobriety tests to the reliability of the Breathalyzer results under the rules of evidence.

We use our knowledge of the law to get the charges dismissed or downgraded to a lesser offense or to mitigate the consequences of a conviction. For example, we may be able to avoid ignition interlock or other penalties that would normally apply. We prepare from day one to try the case, but we will explore alternatives such as court supervision and conditional discharge that avoid a trial, but also avoid a conviction on your record.

John Ward is also knowledgeable about opportunities to obtain a restricted driving permit or challenge the summary suspension of your driver's license.

Limiting The Impact Of Traffic Violations

Traffic tickets can add up to license suspension or increase your insurance rates, and certain traffic offenses carry criminal penalties. We can represent you in court to fight or minimize speeding tickets or serious offenses such as leaving the scene of an accident (hit-and-run), fleeing police, operating after revocation or operating without insurance. We will negotiate on your behalf or challenge the basis of the citation itself.

Experienced DUI And OWI Defense

You have nothing to gain by pleading guilty to drunk driving. Call 262-671-0165 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with our drunk driving defense attorney. We represent clients in Kenosha, Racine, Waukegan and surrounding areas of Wisconsin and Illinois.