When law enforcement officers stop a driver on suspicion of driving under the influence, the driver has the right to refuse field sobriety tests. This can sometimes result in the police requiring that the driver submit to blood-alcohol tests to determine drunkenness or sobriety. Now the United States Supreme Court may rule that drivers can refuse such blood testing in the absence of a search warrant.
All states have laws that aim to deter drunken driving, with harsher penalties being doled out to drivers who are repeatedly arrested for DUI or who cause accidents while drunk behind the wheel.
A conviction for driving under the influence can have major repercussions. In addition to serious penalties, including fines and possible loss of liberty, it can impact future employment prospects and will almost certainly lead to a loss of driving privileges. All who face drunk driving charges in Wisconsin are entitled to have their rights protected through a strong DUI defense.
A drunk driving accusation and conviction can lead to fines, jail and a suspended driver's license. Often, authorities will use field sobriety tests to determine if a driver is intoxicated and then use those test results to argue their case in court. Fighting these charges requires a dedicated legal advocate.