Many individuals may think of their dogs or cats as more than just pets and instead consider them members of the family. Should one feel that another party has harmed or taken this extended family member, he or she may choose to notify authorities and initiate an investigation. Unfortunately, a call about the possible kidnapping of a dog has led to drunk driving charges for a 50-year-old man in Wisconsin.
Authorities received reports of the possible kidnapping of a dog at around 4 p.m. on a recent Sunday. According to reports, a man had filed a complaint stating that he believed his neighbors had taken his dog. He allegedly informed authorities that he had driven around the block in search of his dog and that upon locating the animal at the home of his neighbors, he stated that they were attempting to claim ownership.
Upon arriving at the scene, authorities claim that the man's neighbors were able to show proof of ownership and they also assert that the man was exhibiting signs of impairment. After a breath test allegedly indicated his blood alcohol content to be over the legal limit, he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. According to reports, the man has four previous drunk driving offenses on record and a fifth offense would carry felony consequences should a conviction be obtained.
Facing felony drunk driving charges can be a scary and harrowing process and the outcome of the situation could have a substantial impact on a person's life. Those who stand accused of similar offenses may wish to prepare for what comes next by forming a strong defense, and they could benefit from retaining the services of an experienced attorney for guidance in the process. An attorney in Wisconsin can work toward protecting a client's legal rights and assist in pursuing the best outcome achievable during subsequent court proceedings.