It is well-known that being convicted of drunk driving in Wisconsin or any other state can have long-lasting repercussions. As opposed to minor traffic violations, OWI is considered a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. In addition to penalties such as jail time, fines or license suspension, a drunk driving conviction can also negatively affect one's personal and professional life.
Getting pulled over in a traffic stop by a Wisconsin police officer can be an unsettling experience. There is no way to predict how such situations will end. Young drivers who have never encountered legal problems before may be quite intimidated to see a uniformed police officer approaching their drivers' side windows. If the officer asks the driver to take a preliminary alcohol screening test (PAS), it's safe to bet that he or she suspects that person of operating while intoxicated, or OWI.
When a Wisconsin motor vehicle collision occurs, it sometimes leads to criminal charges against one or more drivers. Such situations often include suspected OWI. However, situations involving suspected drunk driving may also lead to addition criminal charges, especially if the accident resulted in injury or death to another person.
If you go out to eat with a group of friends, drink a beer or glass of wine with your supper and later drive yourself home, are you breaking the law? The answer is that it depends on numerous factors. For instance, you must be age 21 or older to legally consume alcohol, and your blood alcohol content level must never be .08 or higher while operating a motor vehicle. These and other issues can lead to OWI charges in Wisconsin.
As summer winds down in Wisconsin, many motorcycle enthusiasts are getting as much road time as they can, often taking passengers along for their rides. Many say there's nothing like being out on the open road, soaring along on two wheels through a cool, summer breeze. Such an adventure can come to a screeching halt, however, if an accident occurs, which is what happened to one motorcyclist and his passenger; in fact, the driver is now facing OWI charges because of the incident.