When a person is charged with a DUI offense he can feel like he is completely alone. Even if he is supported by his family and friends in the Sheboygan community he may feel that no one understands the embarrassment and frustration of being charged with an alcohol-related crime. Taking a proactive approach to defending oneself against pending DUI charges can be the first step a person can take to overcome the allegations.
Drunk driving charges are serious, regardless of whether a person has faced similar allegations in the past. Though critics of Wisconsin's first time DUI offense penalty of a civil ticket state that a ticket is too lenient for the crime of drunk driving, the costs and hardships of facing DUI charges can affect a person for a long time. Individuals facing multiple subsequent DUIs have always faced tougher penalties than first time offenders, and a recent decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court provides some clarity on how some alleged offenders will be punished for engaging in multiple DUI crimes.
Those facing a first drunk driving charge, or multiple drunk driving charges, require a strong defense in response to serious criminal charges.
Driving under the influence is a serious offense in the state of Wisconsin. While all drunk driving charges pose serious threats to individuals' rights, felony DUI charges can be the most damaging to someone's reputation and livelihood. DUI charges can be tried in court and can result in defendants being incarcerated, fined and otherwise cut off from society.
The Wisconsin Assembly is always considering potential laws to improve the lives of individuals living within the state's borders. It also considers possible legislation that can modify the penalties that Wisconsin residents incur when they break state laws.
In Wisconsin, you can refuse to submit to a chemical test after a drunk driving arrest, but you need to know the consequences. Drivers who refuse a breath test will be charged with unlawful refusal of chemical testing. An automatic license revocation could result, and to protect against that outcome, defendants have a 10-day window after the arrest to request a hearing. If you don't request that hearing, your driver's license will eventually be revoked, even if you are acquitted.
We've blogged before about the serious penalties associated with repeat DUI convictions. The more convictions a person has, the greater the penalties become. Wisconsin residents facing subsequent OWI charges could lose their driver's licenses, pay steep fines, have to install an ignition interlock device and spend time in jail. Anyone who is up against these possible outcomes will need an aggressive DUI defense.
In Wisconsin, multiple OWI offenses mean increased penalties, including the suspension of a driver's license and even jail time. What people accused of drunk driving need to know is that defenses are available to help protect the defendant's rights.
It's a tough battle for parents accused of drunk driving with their kids in the car, but it's a battle worth fighting. Wisconsin law applies serious consequences when a person is convicted of DUI while kids are in the vehicle, and one mother in Milwaukee is up against such a charge.
Driving while intoxicated is considered a serious offense in Wisconsin, and it may be punishable by a fine or imprisonment. Drivers who are suspected of being intoxicated may have to undergo field sobriety tests, breath tests or blood-alcohol tests so that their intoxication levels can be determined. However, even the most advanced intoxication tests can be fallible.