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Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in Wisconsin

It is no secret that the state of Wisconsin has relatively harsh laws when it comes to driving while under the influence of alcohol. Less well known are the state laws regarding driving while under the influence of other substances. Alcohol may be the most prevalent intoxicant, but operating a vehicle under the influence of most drugs, including many prescription and over-the-counter drugs, can result in an Operating Under the Influence (OUI) conviction. When considering situations in which a driver may be charged, the single biggest factor is whether or not drivers are actually impaired.

If you are faced with charges, contact our Sheboygan drug DUI lawyers today at (920) 294-1414!

What is Impairment?

Legally, impairment is generally defined by criminal negligence or criminal recklessness. Both negligence and recklessness have to do with an individual engaging in behavior that "creates a substantial and unreasonable risk of death or great bodily harm to another." The defining difference between them is an awareness of the potential risks of their behavior. If an individual is unaware of the potential consequences of their actions, it is negligence. If they are aware, it is recklessness. These distinctions become more important when one considers the different types of substances that may cause intoxication and impairment and their relative functions.

What Substances are Considered Illegal?

Under Wisconsin statute 346.63, a person cannot legally operate a vehicle while under the influence of any intoxicant insofar as it renders them impaired. This includes not only illegal substances, but also illegally high concentrations of legal substances like alcohol or prescription drugs. It should also be noted that you cannot operate a vehicle with any detectible amount of an illegal substance in your bloodstream. This is where the distinction between negligence and recklessness become more important because some people may be operating a vehicle under the influence of prescribed drugs without being aware of their impairment.

What is a DUID?

Generally, any kind of impaired driving can be charged as a DUI, but driving under the influence of drugs is charged separately in Wisconsin. This is referred to as driving under the influence of drugs, also known as "DUID." These offenses are sentenced and charged differently than DUIs.

How is a DUID Charge Different from a DUI in Wisconsin?

In practice, they are essentially the same. A DUID charge is treated as a more specific form of DUI. Drunk driving is more common when alcohol has been consumed prior to getting behind the wheel. A DUI (driving under the influence) can apply to any type of substance that impairs the ability to operate a motor vehicle. Illegal narcotics and even prescription or over-the-counter medication could result in an impaired driving charge.

It is important to remember that by operating a vehicle in Wisconsin, you have also agreed to participate in any ordered drug tests. This includes blood tests which will generally pick up traces of any drug that may be lingering in your system.

Both DUID and DUI charges are very serious and will greatly impact many aspects of your future should you be convicted of them. As such, it is important to be aware of the laws regarding them and their consequences. Any further questions you may have regarding Wisconsin DUID laws and their potential impact on your life may be answered by an experienced Wisconsin impaired driving attorney from our firm.

Consequences of Drugged Driving / DUID in WI

Drugged driving is one of the most serious risks facing drivers across the country. Due to the increased number of accidents related to drugged drivers, there has been an increased number of arrests related to this issue. In fact, statistics indicate that drugged driving fatalities surpass the number of drunk driving fatalities in the United States.

From over-the-counter sleep aids to prescription anti-depressants, an impaired driving charge carries similarly severe consequences, particularly if you have prior drunk or drug impaired driving convictions. Weaving on the road will lead to an initial stop and subsequent chemical testing.

In Wisconsin, there is an increased push for sharper penalties and more training for law enforcement. However, there are a few things to consider:

  • There is currently no standardized test available to measure the level of intoxication of a suspected drugged driver.
  • More training for officers could lead to a higher detection rate of drugged driving, which in turn would lead to more arrests.
  • Drugged driving is a complex issue with serious consequences, and drivers charged with this crime would be wise to defend themselves vigorously.

If you are facing charges related to impaired driving because of drugs, you do not have to face your situation alone. You would be wise to face this issue head-on, fighting for a positive outcome to your case as early as possible in the process. You can do this with the help of our Sheboygan drug DUI attorneys!

A conviction for drugged driving could lead to time behind bars, penalties and other penalties that could change the direction of your life. Please know that an arrest does not mean a conviction is imminent. A strong defense could be crucial for your future. We take on prosecutors in court and overcome what some see as impossible odds.

DUID Defense Lawyers for Drugged Driving Cases in Wisconsin

When facing the consequences that come with a possible conviction of impaired driving, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. You know that a strong defense is key, but knowing where to start can be confusing.

The first step in your strong defense strategy begins simply by seeking a complete evaluation of your case and explanation of your legal options from our Sheboygan DUID lawyers. Your future and freedom may be at stake, but you do not have to navigate the criminal justice system alone.

Contact our Sheboygan Drug DUI attorney today at (920) 294-1414 to discuss your defense options!

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  • CDL Client With First OWI Not Guilty
  • Second OWI Offense Case Dismissed
  • Power Lineman Client First OWI Charge Reduced
  • Second OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • Third OWI With .23 Blood Test Result Case Dismissed
  • First OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • Fourth OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • Criminal Paraphernalia and Third OWI Charges Reduced
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  • First OWI With .11 Breath Test Result Not Guilty
  • Second OWI Offense Not Guilty
  • Third OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • CDL Client's Career is Saved Charge Reduced
  • Third OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Chemical Test Refusal Charges Reduced
  • BAC First Offense Amended to Reckless Driving Case Amended
  • First OWI Chemical Test Refusal Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI With .164 Blood Test Result Charge Reduced
  • First OWI With .15 Breath Test Result Charge Reduced
  • Sixth OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI With .12 Blood Test Result Charge Reduced
  • Complete Dismissal of OWI-3rd/PAC-3rd Case Case Dismissed
  • Second OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI With .11 Blood Test Result Case Dismissed
  • OWI-1st With Refusal of Chemical Test Charge Reduced
  • Fifth OWI Offense Charge Reduced
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  • First OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • Second OWI With .175 Blood Test Charge Reduced
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  • First OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • Felony Bail Jumping Case Dismissed
  • Criminal Hit and Run Charges Reduced
  • First OWI With .17 Blood Test Result Not Guilty
  • First OWI With .174 Blood Test Result Charge Reduced
  • Client Avoids Lifetime CDL Disqualification Charge Reduced
  • Third OWI With .16 blood test result Charges Reduced
  • OWI Reduced to Operating Left of Center Charges Reduced
  • Third OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI Offense Charges Reduced
  • CDL Client Refuses Chemical Test Charge Reduced
  • Sixth OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI With .21 Blood Test Result Charge Reduced
  • First OWI With .138 Blood Test Result Charges Reduced
  • Fourth OWI Offense Charge Reduced
  • First OWI With .18 Breath Test Charge Reduced
  • First OWI With .208 Blood Test Result Charge Reduced
  • Fifth OWI Offense Case Dismissed
  • After Two Years There's a Verdict Charges Reduced
  • First OWI Offense Case Dismissed
  • Third OWI With .186 blood test result Charges Reduced
  • First OWI With .11 Blood Test Result Not Guilty
  • Third OWI With .20 blood test result Case Dismissed
  • First OWI With .145 Blood Test Result Charge Reduced
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