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Becoming aware of recent changes to Wisconsin drunk driving laws

Being accused of involvement in unlawful activity can be an intimidating process and the outcome of the situation could have a lingering impact on the lives of those involved. For instance, a conviction for driving under the influence can carry severe penalties that could affect various areas of a person's life. Reports indicate that recent changes to Wisconsin laws bring about increased severity to the penalties for successive drunk driving offenses.

The thought of spending any amount of time behind bars can be intimidating, and this feeling may only increase the longer the term. In one new law, the required jail sentence for a fifth or sixth drunk driving conviction sees substantial change. In previous years, a similar offense carried a sentence of six months, while in the new law, those convicted of such charges will face a sentence of 18 months.

Drunk driving suspected in late-night crash

Being accused of involvement in unlawful activity can be a stressful experience under any circumstance. Those who stand accused of wrongdoing may find that simply being the subject of such an investigation could cause significant harm to their reputation within the community. A 35-year-old man is reportedly facing drunk driving charges after a call from a witness prompted an investigation into a single-vehicle accident in Wisconsin.

According to reports, authorities say they receive a call from a witness about the accident on a recent Monday night. They claim the witness reported that a vehicle had veered off the road in an intersection and crashed into a nearby utility pole. This person reportedly asserted that the driver of the vehicle was attempting to leave the scene of the crash.

Witness descriptions leave 1 accused of drunk driving

There may be a variety of factors police must consider when investigating a motor vehicle accident. Should one party leave the scene of such an incident, authorities may be forced to rely on descriptions given by witnesses to locate this person. A 54-year-old woman in Wisconsin is facing drunk driving charges after an investigation into a hit-and-run crash involving similar circumstances.

Police say they received reports of the crash on a recent Tuesday evening. While many of the details pertaining to how the crash occurred remain unclear, they claim that upon arriving at the scene, they found one of the vehicles to be unoccupied. Nearby witnesses were allegedly able to provide them with a description of the driver, who police located and took into custody soon thereafter.

Report of sleeping driver leaves 1 accused of drunk driving

Drowsy driving continues to be a major concern and fatigue can impact a person's ability to operate a vehicle in various ways. Those who feel the effects of fatigue setting in may feel it best to park their vehicles and rest before continuing toward their destinations. Unfortunately, a Wisconsin man is facing drunk driving charges after a recent incident in which authorities claim to have found him asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle in the middle of the road.

The incident is said to have taken place after authorities received a call about a vehicle that was stopped in the middle of the road during snowy weather conditions. Upon arriving at the scene, they claim to have found a man sleeping in the driver's seat of the vehicle and say that attempts to catch his attention were initially unsuccessful. Authorities say that after finally waking up and responding, the man appeared to be showing signs of impairment.

Multiple-vehicle crash leaves man accused of drunk driving

A major collision can take place at virtually any moment and under a variety of circumstances. In some cases, looking back to check on a minor passenger may be all it takes for a driver to veer off course and into oncoming lanes, and the results of such an error could prove hazardous. A recent incident in which a vehicle veered into the opposite lane and crashed into several cars has left a 33-year-old man accused of drunk driving in Wisconsin.

The accident is said to have taken place on a recent Thursday after a driver reportedly lost control and crossed into the opposite lane of traffic. Authorities say his vehicle proceeded to crash into several other cars soon thereafter. While speaking with the driver, police claim he appeared to be exhibiting numerous signs of impairment, such as slurred speech and an odor of intoxicants.

1 accused of drunk driving after crash in snowy weather

The presence of snowy or icy weather conditions can have a significant impact on a person's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Even while driving at a lesser speed, it may little more than a patch of ice to throw the vehicle into a spin and keeping it from veering off course under similar scenarios could be nearly impossible. A recent accident in Wisconsin in which police say they found a vehicle crashed into a snowy bank has reportedly left a 52-year-old man in custody on suspicion of drunk driving.

Authorities say they arrived at the scene of the incident on a recent Monday afternoon. Upon approaching the vehicle, they claim to have found the driver asleep behind the wheel. They also assert that the vehicle was equipped with an ignition interlock device and say that it appeared as though the man had tampered with the device prior to driving the vehicle.

Crash involving school bus leaves man accused of drunk driving

There may be a variety of scenarios in which a driver might feel forced to make a sudden change of course. The sudden emergence of an animal in the road or the onset of a medical condition are just two examples of scenarios that could cause a driver to swerve into another lane of traffic. A recent collision that is said to have taken place after a vehicle crossed into oncoming lanes has reportedly left a 40-year-old man in Wisconsin accused of drunk driving.

According to reports, law enforcement agents responded to the scene of the crash on a recent Wednesday evening. They say the crash occurred when the driver of a southbound truck veered into oncoming lanes and struck a nearby school bus head-on. They advised that the driver of the bus suffered minor injuries and that two passengers on the bus were treated and released from the scene.

1 accused of drunk driving during speed-related traffic stop

Being involved in a traffic stop for a speeding violation can be intimidating enough on its own. However, should the process lead to additional accusations of unlawful behavior, the potential consequences involved may only increase in severity. A recent traffic stop that is said to have taken place under similar circumstances has left a 44-year-old man in Wisconsin accused of drunk driving.

Police say the incident occurred on a recent Saturday as officers claim to have encountered a driver traveling above the speed limit. According to reports, a traffic stop was initiated soon thereafter and during the stop, police claim to have noticed the man was exhibiting numerous signs of impairment. After field sobriety tests were administered, he was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving.

1 accused of drunk driving following single-vehicle crash

There are a multitude of hazardous scenarios that drivers could encounter at any given moment and handling the unexpected can be a tall task at times. In some cases, it may take little more than an animal darting into the street to force a driver to veer off the road and wreck a vehicle. A recent incident in which authorities received a call about a vehicle that had crashed into the front yard of a home in Wisconsin has left a 55-year-old man accused of drunk driving.

The incident reportedly took place on a recent Monday night after authorities received a call about a single-vehicle accident. According to reports, a witness claimed to have watched the vehicle veer off the road and crash into a ditch. The witness also asserted that the driver exited the vehicle and proceeded to stumble around while attempting to walk in the snow.

Investigation of single-car crash leads to drunk driving charges

It could take little more than a moment of distraction to veer off the road, and suffering injuries in a single-vehicle collision can be stressful and challenging enough as is. Dealing with the concept of causing others to suffer harm may only act to make the situation even more daunting. Unfortunately, the driver in a recent single-car collision that took place in Wisconsin is also facing allegations of drunk driving.

The incident reportedly began after authorities received information about a single-vehicle accident. Upon arriving at the scene, they claim to have found a man laying down in a field nearby and say that although he appeared to be awake, he wasn't responding to questions. They also state that a car was resting on its roof nearby and say the driver was still trapped inside.

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