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?
Getting involved in a criminal act, like robbing a store or hotel, can come back to haunt you. Sometimes, facts are skewed, and that can leave you facing charges for an action you didn't participate in. The man in this case claims he was not violent despite being charged with a violent crime.
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.
It's never a good feeling to find out you're being charged with a crime that you didn't commit. Or, perhaps you're being charged with a crime that is much more extreme than what the situation calls for. It's important that you have the chance to defend yourself. You are not obligated to do anything that incriminates you. That means you don't need to admit to doing anything wrong, plead guilty or even speak during a trial if it could solidify your guilt.
What could be worse than heading back to your dorm or apartment on a Saturday night after kicking back with a few friends, only to be pulled over by Eau Claire police and accused of intoxicated driving? Actually, most Wisconsin college students can likely think of quite a few things that could be worse, but this certainly ranks high for ways to ruin a weekend. Often, police make an initial traffic stop for something that does not involve alcohol.
As someone who doesn't do drugs, the fact that you've been charged with a paraphernalia charge may be shocking. Drug paraphernalia includes may common items such as syringes, needles, small spoons and others. There are some exceptions, and there are ways to defend yourself if you're facing baseless charges.