Wisconsin's DUI laws prescribe progressively greater punishments for offenders depending on the number of prior convictions a person has. With each offense, jail time rises, fines increase and the license consequences become more severe. When someone has accumulated enough prior convictions to be charged with felony DUI, a person can be required to serve significant time in prison, among other consequences.
Although driving drunk is undoubtedly a bad decision, just because a person in Wisconsin is pulled over and charged with the act, doesn't mean they are automatically guilty of the crime. In many situations, drunk driving charges do not lead to conviction for those involved. Sadly, police reports of DUI stops that lead to charges are often reworked into news articles, publicizing what is a very personal incident for most and also putting them under the scrutiny of the public eye.