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Changes to state’s ignition interlock laws proposed

Many things can have impacts on what life is like for a person here in Wisconsin after an OWI conviction. One is what sorts of restrictions are placed on them as a result of their conviction. One common restriction put on individuals convicted of OWI in the state is an ignition interlock device requirement. Under state law, repeat OWI offenders and certain first-time OWI offenders have to have such a device installed in their vehicle.

A bill is expected to be brought before Wisconsin’s legislature which proposes some changes to the state’s ignition interlock laws. It would not change who is subject to the requirement, but rather would make some alterations to the enforcement of the requirement.

For one, the proposal would increase the penalties a person could face in connection to allegations of failing to comply with the ignition interlock requirement.

Also, it would switch it so the requirement is tied to a person’s license. Currently, it is instead connected to a person’s vehicle title.

This isn’t the first time this type of proposal has come up here in Wisconsin. Last legislative session, a similar bill came up. That bill never made it to a vote.

Changes in the enforcement laws and policies regarding requirements put on those convicted of OWI can have significant implications. For one, they can affect what sorts of processes and challenges a person could face after an OWI conviction.

The enforcement laws and policies connected to the possible penalties they are facing can be a very important thing for a person who has had OWI charges brought against them to be aware of. A full understanding of what consequences such penalties could have can be a key thing for a person to have when making key defense decisions, such as how to respond to a plea deal offered by prosecutors. Getting such an understanding is among the things skilled defense attorneys can help OWI suspects with.

Source: wearegreenbay.com, “Ignition interlock legislation in Wisconsin,” Kris Schuller, Oct. 3, 2016

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