Sparta, Wisconsin
132 N Water St
Sparta, WI 54656
(608) 269-2400

What Are the Long-Term Effects of an OWI? January 28, 2019

Sparta, Monroe
What Are the Long-Term Effects of an OWI?, Sparta, Wisconsin

What starts as innocent fun—a few drinks with friends or a couple of glasses of wine as you dine with a loved one—can quickly turn disastrous if you choose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Not only does operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol present some clear and significant health and safety risks, but it can also have long-term legal ramifications, particularly if you are pulled over by the police. Here are a few ways an OWI conviction affects your life.

How Does an OWI Affect You in the Long Term?

Revocation of Your License

One likely outcome of an OWI conviction is that you have your driver’s license revoked by the state. This revocation can last for a few months or even a couple of years—depending on how many times you’ve been arrested and how high your blood alcohol content was—and can cause some practical problems in your everyday life. For example, the loss of your driver’s license makes it harder for you to get to work or school on time, requiring you to either walk or use public transportation any time you have to run errands.

Red Flags on Your Background Check

OWIAn OWI conviction will also appear on any background checks that are run by potential employers, which might make it more difficult for you to find work. These blemishes on your legal record can also show up when your background is investigated by a potential landlord or college admissions board, preventing you from living in a perfect apartment or attending your dream school.

Increased Insurance Rates

Being convicted of driving under the influence makes you a “high-risk” motorist in the eyes of your insurance company. This means your auto insurance rates can spike and remain expensive for several years, depending on how long the OWI stays on your permanent record.


Getting an OWI conviction is something that can negatively impact your life in many ways, which makes it important to seek the counsel of a skilled attorney. The lawyers at Osborne, Tripp & Schmidt, serving the Coulee Region of Wisconsin, are known both for robust OWI representation and friendly, approachable service. Call (608) 269-2400 to schedule a consultation, or visit them online to learn more about their areas of practice.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Osborne, Tripp & Schmidt
When Does a Wisconsin Estate Have to Go Through Probate?, Sparta, Wisconsin
If you are made the executor of a loved one’s estate, you will be responsible for guiding it through probate upon their death. This is the process by which an estate is settled and more
What Happens to Pets During a Divorce?, Sparta, Wisconsin
Although you might consider your furry friends part of the family, the law does not. In other words, if you decide to end your marriage, the pets will be lumped in with more
What Are Some Common Misconceptions About Personal Injury Claims?, Sparta, Wisconsin
Because preventable accidents happen every day, personal injury claims are fairly common. That doesn't mean most people are familiar with the proceedings, however. In fact, more
3 Signs the Kids Are Struggling With Your Divorce, Sparta, Wisconsin
Ending a marriage is a major life transition that will affect the whole family, including the kids. It’s only natural to worry about your children if you’re in the process of more
What Are the Steps to Take After a Slip-&-Fall Accident?, Sparta, Wisconsin
Slip-and-fall accidents can happen almost anywhere for a variety of reasons. You might trip over uneven pavement, tumble down a staircase that hasn’t been properly maintained, or more