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Driving under the influence of drugs in Wisconsin

It is no secret that the state of Wisconsin has relatively harsh laws when it comes to driving while under the influence of alcohol. Less well known are the state laws regarding driving while under the influence of other substances. Alcohol may be the most prevalent intoxicant, but operating a vehicle under the influence of most drugs, including many prescription and over-the-counter drugs, can result in an Operating Under the Influence (OUI) conviction. When considering situations in which a driver may be charged, the single biggest factor is whether or not drivers are actually impaired.

Law seeks harsher penalties related to ignition interlock devices

The penalties for drinking and driving in Wisconsin can be pretty severe, even for first time offenders. An individual may be confronted with jail time that takes them away from their jobs and their families, large fines that threaten their financial well-being and license suspension or license revocation that can damage their ability to get to work, school and perform the tasks of one's day-to-day life. Another penalty that can make life difficult is the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, which prevents a motorist from starting his or her vehicle without first passing a breathalyzer test.

The one-leg stand field sobriety test

Just about everyone who has ever been pulled over by the police find themselves nervous. After all, the police wield a significant amount of power. Depending on their account of events of a traffic stop, an individual may wind up facing serious criminal charges, including drunk driving allegations. To support their claims, police offers often ask drivers to submit to field sobriety tests, and a refusal to submit to them may lead to license suspension or license revocation.

How are blood alcohol tests taken?

Wisconsin residents who are accused of drunk driving may be subjected to blood alcohol tests. These tests, often involving the taking of a blood sample, are a way for law enforcement to gather evidence against a driver who has been alleged to be driving while drunk. Oftentimes, the results of these tests are entered into evidence during criminal trials, thereby putting an individual at risk of being convicted and being subjected to serious penalties.

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