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I’m an Illinois licensed driver with a Wisconsin OWI case. Do I need a OWI or DUI Defense Attorney licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Wisconsin?

Posted by Richard Albanese | Feb 17, 2016 | 0 Comments


If you are an Illinois driver with an OWI case in Wisconsin you will immediately face many important, time sensitive decisions on how best to handle that case. The first and most important decision is finding the OWI or DUI defense attorney best qualified to represent Illinois drivers who get an OWI or DUI in Wisconsin. There are certainly mainly highly skilled DUI and OWI lawyers in both Illinois and Wisconsin representing clients in their own respective states, but if they are not licensed in BOTH states they are generally not familiar with the laws of states outside their own jurisdiction and may be unsure as to the specific penalties you face in Illinois.

While handling some OWI cases in Wisconsin can be viewed as a quick and easy process when compared to DUI cases in Illinois the results for the Illinois driver can be devastating once the Illinois Secretary of State learns if there was a Wisconsin conviction. I provide a full case analysis and up front plan of action to Illinois drivers with OWI cases in Wisconsin as to the specific immediate and long term consequences and penalties they are facing in both Wisconsin and Illinois. The best course of action for a Wisconsin resident with an OWI  is usually NOT the best course of action for a Illinois Driver with a Wisconsin OWI. I have had many clients tell me that they spoke to Wisconsin lawyers who told them they could only handle the Wisconsin side of the case and had no idea how a certain disposition would affect the client's driving privileges in Illinois. Conversely speaking some of the top DUI attorneys in Illinois would not know about the nuances of Wisconsin law or what dispositions are possible to save your Illinois driving privileges. It is crucial to know all your options and potential consequences up front, before you find out that your Wisconsin case revoked your Illinois license indefinitely. As OWI and DUI cases can be very expensive due to not only attorneys fees, but also court costs and increased insurance premiums it makes sound financial sense to have one attorney licensed in both states versus two attorneys in both Illinois and Wisconsin for an OWI case.

I take great pride in providing my Illinois clients with comprehensive representation on a Wisconsin OWI  case and my representation does not end at the border.  I evaluate the evidence in each case and propose the best strategy for the OWI case in Wisconsin and also the Secretary of State penalties in Illinois that often occur and surprise Illinois drivers. I also am affiliated with qualified attorneys across Illinois who handle Secretary of State Reinstatement Hearings when needed.

As an licensed Illinois and Wisconsin OWI and DUI Defense Attorney I have been featured in the May 2013 “Docket” Legal Publication, a Lake County Illinois Bar Journal. For a more thorough discussion and explanation of Wisconsin OWI penalties for Illinois Drivers please read my article on Illinois Drivers and Wisconsin OWI offenses here on pages 18-19:

If you are an Illinois driver with an OWI case in Wisconsin please contact the Richard Albanese Law Office today for a free consultation and case evaluation to learn what consequences you may be facing in Illinois and Wisconsin and what your individual options may be. You can reach the Richard Albanese law office at (312) 882-1973, by email at [email protected], or on the web at

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Richard Albanese

The Law Office of Richard Albanese Criminal Defense Attorney Richard Albanese is an experienced criminal defense attorney in the fields of Criminal Law, DUI & OWL, Traffic & CDL, Suspended Drivers Licenses and more. [email protected] 312 882 1973 We stand for expertise and y...


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