For many individuals, being pulled over for speeding can lead to a citation and monetary fine. However, for others, a similar situation could become significantly more intimidating should they be accused of additional crimes, such as driving under the influence of alcohol. A Wisconsin man is reportedly facing his eighth DUI charge following a recent traffic stop that took place under similar circumstances.
The traffic stop reportedly took place just after 4 p.m. during a recent weekend after an officer claims to have encountered a vehicle that was traveling above the speed limit. While speaking with the driver, the officer allegedly caught the scent of alcohol coming from the man. The officer also asserts that an open container was located within the vehicle upon further inspection.
After learning the man had seven previous DUI convictions on record, the officer initiated a breath test, which allegedly indicated the man's blood alcohol content to be .055. However, while this is under the legal limit in most scenarios, due to his previous convictions, the legal limit for him to drive is .02. He was taken into custody soon thereafter and is facing an eighth drunk driving offense, which would be a felony, a conviction of which would carry serious consequences.
The penalties for DUI charges increase in severity with each successive offense, and those who face such charges will likely benefit from seeking advice as soon as possible. By speaking with a defense attorney, an individual could obtain a better understanding of the consequences he or she may face. An attorney in Wisconsin can advise a client in forming a strong defense, and if a conviction cannot be avoided, provide further assistance in pursuing the most favorable outcome possible during court proceedings.
Source: wiscnews.com, "Milwaukee man charged with eighth drunken driving charge", Terri Pederson, Jan. 22, 2018