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Defending rights for minors & adults in southeast Wisconsin

You, or someone you know, have been charged with an OWI in Milwaukee or a surrounding suburb. Act fast – this is not a criminal offense to push it off until the last minute. The earlier you get a drunk driving defense attorney, the better your defense case will be and the easier it is to reduce your fines or eliminate them altogether.

Cleghorn Defense specializes in building strong defenses for DWI/DUI/OWI charges in any city within Milwaukee County, Waukesha County, or Ozaukee County. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and path to building an aggressive defense of your rights with an experienced criminal defense attorney in southeast Wisconsin: Kerri Cleghorn. Let’s Talk.

Types of drunk driving charges we defend:

  • 1st OWI Offense
  • 2nd OWI Offense
  • 3rd OWI Offense
  • Felony OWI Charges
  • PAC Charges

What is an OWI?

Whether you call it a DUI, DWI, or drunk driving, Wisconsin has officially changed it to Operating while intoxicated (OWI). An OWI is considered a civil offense in Wisconsin for first offenses, with more severe penalties for subsequent offenses. The cops make OWI’s seem like not a big deal, especially if you’re young, but they carry serious consequences and extenuating fines that you may not be prepared for (who is?).

That first OWI offense remains on your record forever. Your new criminal record taints job interviews out of state, traveling, meeting new people, applying for certificates or passports. Get yourself an aggressive attorney to defend your rights in this case. Kerri Cleghorn has been fighting the state to make them prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt for years, and she’ll do the same with you.


Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws and penalties are expanding beyond just drinking and driving—although that’s usually how the cops catch people. Operating while intoxicated could also mean someone is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, impairing their ability to drive safely. Unlike driving under the influence (DUI), someone who is arrested for OWI does not have to be in a moving vehicle. Or a vehicle at all. OWI can apply to cars, boats, motorcycles, mopeds, and even bikes. And you can be charged for just sitting in your parked car outside the bar.

Penalties for OWI in Wisconsin

OWI/DUI penalties depend on the severity of the case and someone’s arrest record. As of December 1, 2018, Wisconsin DUI and OWI penalties for charges consist of fines, jail time, driver’s license revocation, occupational license consequences, and a multitude of other consequences that could mean the end to a bright future. It’s not just drunk driving charges: if convicted, you’re could lose it all. Get a defense attorney who is ready to fight for your rights and defend your DUI/OWI charges in the suburbs of Milwaukee.

Defense Attorney for OWI/DUI

At Cleghorn Defense, your case is as unique as you are. Your defense won’t be some copy & paste spiel: Attorney Cleghorn will thoroughly review your drunk driving charges & arresting event, discuss options with you, and develop a defensive plan geared for optimal results. OWI charges in Wisconsin can be tough to beat if you wait too long, get in touch with Cleghorn Defense today to get started on your case & payment plan.


  • OWI & PAC charges
  • First Offense OWI
  • Second Offense OWI
  • Third Offense OWI
  • Felony OWI Charges