When it comes to being accused of a crime, the average person may lack the necessary legal experience to know how best to handle the situation. For instance, each individual has rights that must be upheld during a routine traffic stop, and a stop cannot be initiated without reasonable cause. A judge recently found that law enforcement agents didn't have just cause to initiate a stop that led to drunk driving charges for a Wisconsin man, and the charges against him were vacated in the process.
Nearly avoiding a collision can be a scary experience, and such an event can happen under a multitude of scenarios. Those who are involved in a near-miss may leave the incident feeling shaken up but thankful that no one was harmed in the process. Unfortunately, a similar circumstance has left a 43-year-old man accused of his fourth offense for drunk driving in Wisconsin.
You may consider yourself someone who knows how to drink responsibly, would never get behind the wheel while intoxicated and would never use illegal drugs. Because of your mindset to remain a safe and responsible driver, you may not think that charges for driving under the influence would ever apply to you. However, you could face such a charge even if you think you have not broken the law.
A 44-year-old man in Wisconsin has been arrested and is facing charges for what would be his eighth offense for driving under the influence if a conviction is obtained. When it comes to drunk driving charges, the penalties only increase in severity with each successive offense. With the potential weight of a conviction for felony drunk driving charges, he could be preparing for the coming process by focusing on forming a strong defense.
Wisconsin residents may think that current state laws take a strong stance against drunk driving, but others may disagree. Currently, a conviction can lead to serious penalties and consequences for repeat offenders. However, lawmakers have recently proposed a bill that could change existing DUI penalties, leading to even stricter penalties, particularly for those facing their first DUI. A proposed bill has been reintroduced that would make a first-time offense a crime, as well as increase penalties for those convicted for a second or subsequent time.
There are a variety of scenarios in which a person may drift into the wrong lane of traffic. Issues with fatigue or unfamiliarity with the area could produce similar results, as can the sudden onset of a medical emergency. Unfortunately, an off-duty police officer has recently been accused of drunk driving following a traffic stop involving similar circumstances in Wisconsin.