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OWI sentencing schemes are complex, and move progressively from a focus on rehabilitation with first offenses to punishment with multiple priors.

The chart below captures the basic sentencing scheme for OWI law, but keep in mind that penalties change often, and there are often other consequences than those listed here.

Also, every judicial district has its own set of guidelines. We have reproduced those guidelines in the OWI Section’s Hot Off the Presses page.



Chart of Penalties
Conviction Fine Jail Revocation Occupational Alcohol Assessment Points
OWI 1st $150-$300
(plus $355 OWI surcharge)
No 6-9 mo. Immediately Yes 6
OWI 2nd $350-$1100
(plus $355 OWI surcharge)
5 days to 6 months 12-18 mo.
(Vehicle Immobilized or Ignition Interlock)
After 60 days.
(12 mo. if 2 or more offenses in 5 years.)
Yes 6
OWI 3rd $600-$2000
(plus $355 OWI surcharge)
30 days to 1 year 2-3 yr.
(Vehicle Immobilized, Ignition Interlock, or seized)
90 days
(12 mo. if 2 or more offenses in 5 years.)
Yes 6
OWI 4th $600-$2000
(plus $355 OWI surcharge)
60 days to 1 year 2-3 yr.
(Vehicle Immobilized, Ignition Interlock, or seized)
90 days
(12 mo. if 2 or more offenses in 5 years.)
Yes 6
OWI 5th or more $600-$10,000
(plus $355 OWI surcharge)
6 months to 6 years 2-3 yr.
(Vehicle Immobilized, Ignition Interlock, or seized)
90 days
(12 mo. if 2 or more offenses in 5 years.)
Yes 6
OWI + Cause Injury $300-$2000
(plus $355 OWI surcharge)
30 days to 1 year 1-2 yr. 60 days
(12 mo. if 2 or more offenses in 5 years.)
Yes 6
OWI + Cause Great Bodily Harm Up to $25,000
(plus $355 OWI surcharge)
Up to 12.5 years 2 yr.) 120 days
(12 mo. if 2 or more offenses in 5 years.)
Yes 6
OWI + Homicide Up to $100,000
(plus $355 OWI surcharge)
Up to 25 years or up to 40 is prior OWIs 5 yr. 120 days
(12 mo. if 2 or more offenses in 5 years.)
Yes 6
Refusal 1st     1 yr. 30 days Yes 0
Refusal 2nd     2 yr. (Vehicle Immobilized or Ignition Interlock 90 days
(12 mo. if 2 or more offenses in 5 years.)
Yes 0
Refusal 3rd     3 yr. (Vehicle Immobilized, Ignition Interlock, or seized) 120 days
(12 mo. if 2 or more offenses in 5 years.)
Yes 0
Admin. Suspension for PAC     6 mo. Suspension (not revocation) Immediately No 0
Open Container $100       No 0