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New law brings increased penalties for drunk driving offenses

It is no secret that a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol can have a substantial impact on a person's life. With each successive offense, the penalties for drunk driving become more severe, and potentially include time behind bars and substantial monetary fines. However, this isn't the only concern one accused of drunk driving may face, as a new bill that was recently signed into law in Wisconsin will cause those convicted of a fourth offense or higher to have their driving privileges permanently revoked.

For many individuals, the ability to operate a motor vehicle is essential to everyday life. Nevertheless, under the new law, those who are convicted of a fourth or higher offense for drunk driving will lose these privileges permanently. While this might not affect those who already have numerous offenses on record, it will have an impact on them should they be convicted on similar charges within 15 years of the most recent offense on record.

Under this law, individuals who operate a vehicle on a revoked license will also face serious consequences, with a first offense coming with a hefty fine. The amount increases significantly with a second offense, and a person accused of such an act could also face the possibility of a lengthy period behind bars. With the potential gravity a conviction could have on a person's life, those accused of drunk driving may find it advisable to seek guidance as soon as the charges are filed against them.

Without the necessary legal experience, individuals who stand accused of drunk driving may be unaware of their rights. Fortunately, there are attorneys who can provide a person with guidance on the consequences they may face, as well as the options available to them. An attorney can provide a client in Wisconsin with advice on forming a strong defense and subsequently assist in pursuing the most favorable outcome possible during court proceedings.

Source: Mount Pleasant, WI Patch, "New Wisconsin Drunk Driving Rule Signed Into Law", Scott Anderson, March 29, 2018

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