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Heading to the Packer Game Tonight?

August 2019

With the Packers facing the Raiders in Winnipeg, Manitoba (not Alberta), did you know that a drunk driving conviction (Operating While Intoxicated or OWI in Wisconsin) could prevent you from driving up for the game?

If you have an OWI conviction (even a non-criminal OWI 1st), there is a chance you might not be able to enter Canada. Canada treats OWI convictions seriously and may exclude you on the basis of this conviction. To overcome this exclusion one of two things needs to happen. Canada has the discretion to issue you a temporary resident permit, or you may be eligible to enter through a process called criminal rehabilitation. Commonly, criminal rehabilitation is only available after five years have elapsed since the completion of your OWI sentence. For these purposes, your OWI sentence includes the time period that your license was revoked.  Finally, make sure that you plan ahead as it can take 12 months to process a criminal rehabilitation application.

This is one of many “hidden” consequences of an OWI conviction. If you’ve been charged with an OWI in Wisconsin, please contact One Law Group (920-336-5766) for a free consultation. And if you’re going to the game, make sure you dress appropriately.

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