The charge of operating while intoxicated (OWI) carries fines and penalties that are high, and if some people had their way, the penalties would increase. Legislators in the state want to make it harder to get back behind the wheel after an OWI, but the cost of doing so is prohibitive.
You went out to dinner with friends an hour or so before you decided to drive home, and then you started to feel odd. You didn't have anything unusual for dinner, yet you feel slightly tipsy. Your vehicle must have been swerving, because an officer pulls you over moments later.
A felony DUI is a higher charge than a typical DUI. It is usually charged when a person injures someone else, has prior convictions or has a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) well above the limit. If you are involved in an accident or face a felony DUI, a strong defense can help you protect yourself.
Combining heat and alcohol is never a good idea, and it's particularly important to avoid doing so if you're going to be driving. Alcohol is a diuretic, and that means it actually increases your risk of dehydration. It makes it harder for your body to control its own temperature.
As a commercial driver, your life relies on your ability to drive. If you lose your job or license, you may not be able to make ends meet. This could affect you, your family and many other aspects of your life.
One thing you may not realize is that you can be stopped for driving a boat while under the influence of alcohol just as you can in a vehicle. You can lose your boating license if you're found over the limit, and if you cause an accident, there are many penalties you could face.
Over the past few years, news reports of Wisconsin's alcohol consumption and drunk driving records may have stained the state's reputation. After all, this is the only state where your first OWI offense is not a crime. However, a recent report from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers places the state under even harsher light.
You were stopped after having one too many drinks, and now you face an OWI. You knew about a DUI, but you never heard about OWIs in the past. That might be confusing, but fortunately, there's an easy answer to your question.
You were driving home when you saw the flashing lights behind you. You knew you had a few drinks, but did you have too much? If so, what kind of penalties do you face now?
If you are convicted of a OWI, one thing you may have to go through is an alcohol or drug assessment. This assessment is between you and an interviewer. This interviewer, known as an alcohol and other drug abuse assessor (AODA), works to identify your drug or alcohol use. Then, the assessor creates a driver safety plan for you.