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January 2016 Archives

Wisconsin man arrested on alleged sixth OWI offense

There is no doubt that a Wisconsin resident's first driving under the influence charge is a serious legal matter. However, each additional drunk driving charge that an individual incurs can bring even more penalties, losses of privileges and other consequences. When a person has faced many alcohol-related charges and is suspected of engaging in allegedly dangerous activity, he or she can potentially face a lengthy jail sentence.

Are all first time DUI offenses misdemeanors?

This Wisconsin drunk driving defense law blog has devoted many posts to the serious penalties and repercussions that drivers may face as they incur first time and subsequent drunk driving convictions. They may lose their licenses or they may face jail time and fines. However, within the state of Wisconsin, one type drunk driving charge -- first time OWI or DUI -- has remained a misdemeanor. In comparison, all other states have changed it to a felony charge.

Occupational licenses and drunk driving laws

One significant consequence of a drunk driving conviction is having one's driver's license suspended or revoked. A suspension or revocation can cause a person to lose his or her driving privileges, and as has been previously discussed on this blog, can seriously impact that individual's ability to hold down a job. In some situations, a driver convicted of drunk driving may secure an occupational license during the time period relevant to his suspension or revocation, so that he may continue to drive himself to and from work.

How common is it for a driver to refuse a breath test?

Despite Wisconsin's implied consent law, some drivers choose not to take breath tests when they are accused of drunk driving. Their reasons for declining the tests can vary depending upon their particular circumstances, though those who do choose not to have their blood-alcohol content levels tested can face significant penalties for their abstentions. This post will look at how often drivers refuse breath tests in Wisconsin and how that figure compares to refusals in other states.

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