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Could your prescription lead you to face a DUI charge?

You may consider yourself someone who knows how to drink responsibly, would never get behind the wheel while intoxicated and would never use illegal drugs. Because of your mindset to remain a safe and responsible driver, you may not think that charges for driving under the influence would ever apply to you. However, you could face such a charge even if you think you have not broken the law.

If a doctor has prescribed you a medication, you need to fully understand the effects that medication could have on you and your abilities. Though the drug is not illegal because you obtained a valid prescription from a doctor for a medical reason, you could still face DUI charges if the drug can impair your abilities and you choose to get behind the wheel.

1 arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Wisconsin

A 44-year-old man in Wisconsin has been arrested and is facing charges for what would be his eighth offense for driving under the influence if a conviction is obtained. When it comes to drunk driving charges, the penalties only increase in severity with each successive offense. With the potential weight of a conviction for felony drunk driving charges, he could be preparing for the coming process by focusing on forming a strong defense.

Authorities claim the incident began on a recent Wednesday at around 3:20 p.m. when an officer encountered a driver who was traveling well above the speed limit. Upon attempting to initiate a traffic stop, police claim the man attempted to flee. After allegedly running through a stop sign and leaving his vehicle parked behind a nearby building, they say he attempted to leave the scene on foot.

Proposed law could mean serious penalties for DUI offenders

Wisconsin residents may think that current state laws take a strong stance against drunk driving, but others may disagree. Currently, a conviction can lead to serious penalties and consequences for repeat offenders. However, lawmakers have recently proposed a bill that could change existing DUI penalties, leading to even stricter penalties, particularly for those facing their first DUI. A proposed bill has been reintroduced that would make a first-time offense a crime, as well as increase penalties for those convicted for a second or subsequent time.

Currently, Wisconsin laws do not treat first-time DUI offenses as criminal offenses. It is the only state to treat an initial DUI as a civil violation, which means that jail time is not a potential penalty. Lawmakers believe that the laws on drunk driving are not strict enough, leading to the high number of drunk driving cases in the state. Efforts in the past to ramp up the severity of DUI laws have not been successful.

Off-duty police officer faces drunk driving charges in Wisconsin

There are a variety of scenarios in which a person may drift into the wrong lane of traffic. Issues with fatigue or unfamiliarity with the area could produce similar results, as can the sudden onset of a medical emergency. Unfortunately, an off-duty police officer has recently been accused of drunk driving following a traffic stop involving similar circumstances in Wisconsin.

Law enforcement agents say the incident began on a recent Sunday night after officers claimed to have encountered a driver traveling in the wrong lane of traffic. They also assert that the vehicle was moving at a high rate of speed at the time, and after catching up to the vehicle, they proceeded to initiate a routine traffic stop. During the stop, they claim the driver appeared to be exhibiting signs of impairment.

1 facing drunk driving charges after multiple-vehicle crash

Motor vehicle accidents can leave those involved shaken up and uncertain of what happened, and many individuals may be confused about how best to proceed when asked about the incident. While this might be partly due to the stress involved with being in a crash, any nervousness or suspicious behavior may leave authorities wondering if other factors are at play. A 25-year-old man has been arrested and accused of drunk driving following a recent car accident in Wisconsin.

Authorities assert that the incident took place at around 5 p.m. on a recent Sunday when the driver of a southbound car veered into oncoming traffic. His car reportedly struck two other vehicles shortly thereafter before sliding off into a nearby ditch. While being questioned about the accident, police claim the man was unaware that he had struck the other vehicles.

Man who crashed while sending text faces drunk driving charges

Sending or reading a text message while driving can be hazardous under any circumstance. Such an action takes a driver's attention off the road, and his or her vehicle could travel hundreds of feet in an unknown direction in the process. Unfortunately, a recent accident in which a Wisconsin man was allegedly sending a text message to his mother has left him facing accusations of drunk driving.

According to police, the incident began when the driver of an eastbound vehicle suddenly drove straight through a roundabout and jumped several curbs before eventually crashing into a nearby piece of land. Once his vehicle came to a rest, police assert that it erupted into flames. Emergency responders were able to extinguish the fire and assert that the incident caused substantial damage to the vehicle.

Was the breath testing machine even working right?

Like other Wisconsin residents, you were probably led to believe that roadside breath testing machines give law enforcement officers an accurate indication of whether you drank too much before driving. The police officer who stopped you and administered the test certainly isn't going to tell you that the results may not be right.

Like any other technological device, these machines require maintenance, including calibration, in order to function as intended. If officers fail to keep the machines they use calibrated, they could easily return bad results, which could wrongly land you in jail after a DUI stop.

Crash that injures 3 kids leaves 1 accused of drunk driving

Being involved in a serious car accident can be a traumatic experience. Should others suffer injuries in the crash, the driver who caused the collision may carry the incident with him or her for years to come. Unfortunately, an accident that injured several children has left a 31-year-old woman facing felony drunk driving charges in Wisconsin.

Law enforcement agents asset the incident took place on a recent Sunday as they were on the scene of an unrelated accident. While waiting for a tow truck to move a vehicle, police state that a nearby driver suddenly lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the rear of a police cruiser. They claim the vehicle was traveling at excessive speeds and say the impact of the crash forced the cruiser to collide with the tow truck.

High-speed chase leads to drunk driving charges for 1

Operating a vehicle at excessive speeds is never advisable and may increase the odds of being involved in a routine traffic stop. Should a person attempt to evade a traffic stop, the potential penalties one might face may only increase in severity. Unfortunately, a recent incident in which a driver allegedly led police on a high speed pursuit has left an 18-year-old woman in Wisconsin accused of drunk driving.

Law enforcement agents assert the incident began on a recent Tuesday morning as they encountered a vehicle traveling at excessive speeds. Upon attempting to initiate a traffic stop, they claim the driver refused to stop and led them on a short pursuit, reaching speeds as high as 100 mph in the process. Police assert that the chase came to a halt after the vehicle struck a nearby curb.

Drunk driving arrest leads to felony charges for 1 in Wisconsin

When it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol, a conviction for even a first offense can carry serious penalties that can affect a person's life substantially. However, the presence of additional charges may only increase the severity of the penalties one may face. After being arrested on suspicion of her first drunk driving offense, allegations of reckless behavior have left a 30-year-old woman in Wisconsin facing felony charges.

Law enforcement agents assert the incident began when they received reports of a wrong-way driver. Upon arriving at the scene, police initiated a traffic stop and while speaking with the driver, they assert that she was exhibiting signs of impairment. A breath test reportedly indicated her blood alcohol content to be more than two times the legal limit to drive, and she was arrested on suspicion of impairment.

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