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Can you refuse a breath test during a suspected DUI stop?

Being pulled over by the police is often a nerve-wrecking position to be in for motorists in Wisconsin and elsewhere. Whether or not a driver is fully aware of why they were stopped or not, the driver is likely nervous that they could face a traffic charge. In cases where a driver is suspected of drunk driving, a driver might be unsure what they are required to do and what they may refuse to submit to. While drivers are likely to comply with field sobriety tests, they might be wary when it comes to taking a breathalyzer.

Helping you fight a drunk driving charge

Being pulled over by the police is often an overwhelming event. For some motorists, it might be unclear why they were stopped; however, no matter the allegations, if a citation is issued, fines are likely to result. When drunk driving allegations are made, however, motorists could also face serious penalties. This charge is unlike other traffic violations and could result in the loss of a license, hefty fines and even jail time. Thus, it is important to understand the situation fully and what steps could be taken to avoid such consequences.

3 tips for fighting your OWI charge in Wisconsin

The State of Wisconsin takes drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs very seriously. That can mean that charges put you at risk of strict punishments. Fortunately, you're an adult with a long history without criminal charges. You have a good job, and you have positive references. There are affirmative defenses to DUI or OWI charges, so you can continue with the clean reputation you've always had.

Man charged with drunk driving after fatal crash

Drivers in Delafield are undoubtedly aware that it is against the law to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Being stopped, arrested and charged with drunk driving can lead to various penalties. If there is an accident and the circumstances are of sufficient severity, there can be a charge of homicide. Those who are arrested for driving under the influence in any way need to make certain that they have a strong defense planned to avoid a conviction.

Is drunk driving common after Green Bay Packer games?

The Green Bay Packers are an icon in the NFL. They've won multiple Super Bowls, and the Lombardi Trophy is even named after their groundbreaking coach. Legends like Brett Favre, Reggie White, and Bart Starr have all worn the team's jerseys, and the fan-base is so dedicated that the waiting list for season tickets is years long.

Drunk driving penalties increased in Wisconsin at New Year

Drunk driving charges are unquestionably serious and carry serious penalties. The beginning of the New Year brought increased penalties for drunk driving in Wisconsin. Increased penalties for repeat drunk driving went into effect in Wisconsin with the New Year. Wisconsin is the only state, however, that treats a first drunk driving offense as a civil violation which the new law did not change. Under the new law, a fourth drunk driving offense will be considered a felony offense and can be punished by up to 6 years in prison.

Suppressing evidence collected during a field sobriety test

For most motorists in Wisconsin, being stopped by a police officer is both a serious and unnerving event. While traffic violations are considered minor, most drivers hate receiving a citation. The same goes for a drunk driving charge. Being accused of drunk driving is more than just a traffic offense. This criminal charge could carry with it serious penalties, as well as personal and professional consequences. Motorists facing a DUI charge will usually need to consider the criminal defense options available to them.

3 facts you need to know about a first offense OWI

You were driving home after a particularly fun night home when you went out of your lane slightly. In this instance, an officer saw you swerve back into your lane and pulled you over. He asked you to take a breath test, and now you've been arrested for operating while intoxicated (OWI).

4 points you should know about OWI in Wisconsin

The holiday season is here. That means lots of parties, many of which are going to have alcoholic beverages. If you plan on drinking while you are enjoying the festivities, make sure that you don't drink and drive. If you do drink and drive, there is a pretty good chance that you are going to see the flashing lights of a police car. If that happens, you probably shouldn't panic. Think about these points regarding operating while intoxicated charges in Wisconsin.