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A DUI Attorney Who Will Work for the Best Possible Outcome


If you have been arrested and are facing charges for operating while intoxicated (OWI) you may be at risk of paying large fines or license suspension. Repeat offenders may even face imprisonment. Working with a seasoned DUI attorney is essential to minimizing the damage of a conviction or improving your chances of avoiding a conviction altogether. At his practice in Kenosha, WI, John Anthony Ward can provide a thorough investigation into your OWI charge and will use any uncovered information to help improve the outcome of your case. Whether your arrest took place in Wisconsin or Illinois, Mr. Ward is licensed and experienced in both states and can effectively assist you. 

A female driver being asked to perform a sobriety test.
Consequences of OWI may include imprisonment, fines, and license revocation

Operating While Intoxicated

According to the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles, an individual over the age of 21 is considered to be operating while intoxicated if they are: 

  • Driving with a BAC of 0.08 percent or greater
  • Driving while under the influence of an intoxicant including alcohol, legal prescription medications, illegal or controlled drugs, or other chemical substances
  • Driving with a detectable amount of any restricted controlled substance in the bloodstream 
  • Driving while under the influence of a controlled substance or any other drug

It is highly recommended that you hire a knowledgeable attorney to help you navigate through the process and consequences associated with an OWI conviction.

Potential Consequences

The implications of an OWI conviction depend on the circumstances of the incident and whether this is your first offense. Consequences may include:

  • Imprisonment
  • Fines
  • License Revocation 
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
  • Points on your driving record 

First Offense

If this is your first offense, you may be facing: 

  • A fine between $150 and $300, plus an OWI surcharge
  • License revocation for six to nine months 
  • Required use of an IID if you had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than .15

Having a child under the age of 16 in the car at the time of your arrest can increase the severity of these charges. Also, causing great bodily harm or homicide while operating while intoxicated are considered felonies. For each subsequent conviction, penalties become more severe. In addition to these legal ramifications, you may also see damaging effects on your reputation, ability to obtain custody, financial well-being, and employment prospects.

Advantages of a Skilled Lawyer

As your OWI lawyer, Mr. Ward's services can significantly benefit the outcome of your case. His dedication to each client is one element of his effective strategy that has helped many of his clients avoid harsh consequences. Mr. Ward's legal services also include:

Thorough Investigation

To begin, he will investigate every aspect of your OWI from the moment you are pulled over. Throughout his years of criminal defense practice, he has seen many instances where police have not followed the proper protocols including field sobriety testing. He maintains extensive knowledge about these requirements and can determine whether there were any mistakes made. 

As your OWI lawyer, Mr. Ward's services can significantly benefit the outcome of your case.

Dependable Representation

Mr. Ward is an advocate for his clients and highly recommends that you go to a trial by jury. He is not afraid to pursue every avenue and put in the hard work to help his clients avoid conviction. He also understands the toll that a trial can have on your life, relationships, and reputation and is determined to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Mr. Ward has achieved outstanding results for many of his clients including dismissal. 

Interstate Experience 

For drivers arrested for an OWI in Wisconsin or Illinois, Mr. Ward can aptly handle your case. He has been licensed in both states for over three decades and is familiar with the impact an out-of-state conviction can have on you in your state of residency. 

A Seasoned DUI Attorney

With Mr. Ward by your side, you can be confident that you have the best criminal defense attorney fighting for you. For a detailed review of your arrest and sound legal counsel, contact us online or call us at (262) 654-8868. 

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"Mr. Ward and his professional team proceeded tenaciously to build a strong case in my favor. His in-depth knowledge of the law resulted in my twelve year old felony becoming just a misdemeanor. Mr. Ward is the third attorney to work on my case, but the only one who achieved positive results."

Emily Rogers

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Kenosha, WI 53142

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