The Winnebago County District Attorney's office has developed a fast track program for handling Operating While Intoxicated, Prohibited Alcohol Concentration, and Operating Under the Influence of a Restricted Controlled Substance cases (collectively OWI). The purpose of the fast track program is to ensure that any individual arrested for OWI has his or her initial appearance as soon as possible to ensure that the individual is on bond in order to protect the community and start treatment as soon as possible.
- Initial Appearance: The initial appearance for a felony OWI (4th offense or higher, or includes certain aggravating factors) generally occurs within 48 hours, as the individual will already be in custody. (See the felony case progrression.) Under the fast track program, the initial appearance for a misdemeanor OWI is set for the following Wednesday for anyone arrested between Monday at 12:01 am - Sunday at 11:59 pm. This is to ensure that 2nd and 3rd time OWI offenders are placed on bond as soon as possible, including implementation of the 24/7 program in appropriate circumstances.
- 24/7 Sobriety Program: The 24/7 Sobriety Program is generally ordered as a condition of bond in 3rd offense and higher OWI cases. It may also be ordered in 2nd offense cases that have a high blood alcohol level. The program requires the offender to report twice daily to the Day Report Center in Oshkosh for breath testing to ensure that absolute sobriety is maintained. Offenders might qualify for a bracelet monitoring option in place of daily reporting. This program is intended to ensure compliance with bond conditions and to protect the public from habitual intoxicated drivers.
- Reporting to Jail Upon Entry of a Plea: Upon entering a plea of quilty or no contest to a 3rd or higher OWI offense, Wisconsin law makes it mandatory that the defendant be immediately taken into custody.