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Milwaukee County DUI/OWI defense attorneyA DUI charge can be frightening. If you have been arrested for DUI/OWI, you may be unsure of your rights and how to proceed. By educating yourself on some of the most common misconceptions about DUI charges, you can gain a better understanding of how drunk driving charges work and what your legal options may be. Here is a brief list of five of the most common misconceptions about DUI charges: 

1. If I Am Charged With a DUI, I Am Automatically Guilty. 

Fortunately, a DUI charge and a DUI conviction are not the same. By seeking experienced legal representation for your DUI charge, you may be able to get your charges reduced or have your case dismissed. A lawyer can search for flaws in the prosecutor’s case which may improve your situation. 

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Waukesha, WI DUI/OWI defense lawyerAfter a DUI/OWI arrest, you will likely feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. In order to ensure that your rights are protected and increase the chances of a favorable outcome for your case, it is important to clear your mind and avoid making some common mistakes. Here is a list of five mistakes you should be aware of:

1. Ignoring Your Charge

Believe it or not, some people believe that ignoring a DUI charge is a good idea. You should know that taking no action after you have been arrested for a DUI will not cause your charge to disappear. In fact, failing to appear in court for your DUI can lead to additional charges that may result in fines and jail time.

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Waukesha, WI OWI defense lawyer DUI laws drunk drivingIn March 2018, a new Wisconsin OWI law was passed by Governor Scott Walker. The purpose of this law is to permanently revoke the driver’s licenses of individuals who have been convicted of four or more offenses related to drunk driving. The state of Wisconsin believes that anyone can make a mistake, but making the same mistake four times is inexcusable, and it is time to get repeat drunk drivers off the roads.

The new law states that if someone is convicted of four or more DUI-related offenses or had a second OWI in combination with two other OWI-related offenses (such as second-degree homicide involving a vehicle or injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle), their driver’s license will be permanently revoked by the Department of Transportation.

It is important to note that the fourth offense must arise within 15 years of the previous conviction. In the event someone has lost their license and is caught driving, they will be forced to pay a fine of $2,500 and may spend up to one year in prison. Second offenses may lead to a $10,000 fine and/or a year in prison.

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WI defense lawyerDrunk driving accidents occur because people do not find alternatives to drunk driving. They would rather get behind the wheel and take a risk then find another way to get home. The next time you are out drinking, be sure to consider the alternatives to drunk driving. By doing so, you can prevent a DUI and save your live as well as the lives of others. Here are four alternatives to drunk driving you should consider:

1. Public Transportation

If you need a ride after drinking, public transportation is a cost-effective option. You can take a bus, subway, or rail system and will not have to worry about whether or not you will make it home safe and sound. Be sure to check public transportation schedules in advance and make sure your public transportation method of choice will be running when you plan to go home.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_13686835-1.jpgPolice officers are regular people who make mistakes. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, it’s important to realize that the police officer who pulled you over may have made a mistake. Since a mistake by a police officer may help you avoid a conviction, you should familiarize yourself with the most common police mistakes in DUI arrests.

  1. Lack of Probable Cause. In order to pull you over, a police officer must have had probable cause that you were driving under the influence of alcohol. If you were not swerving, speeding, or engaging in any other driving behavior that may lead a police officer to believe you were under the influence, your arrest may be invalid.
  2. Errors with Field Sobriety Tests. Field sobriety tests assess balance, coordination, and the ability of a driver to pay attention to more than one task. There are strict, detailed procedures for administering field sobriety tests. For instance, police officers must take fatigue, certain medical conditions, and the weather into consideration when administering these tests. Since it can be complicated to administer field sobriety tests, police officers may often make errors.
  3. Inaccuracies in Blood Alcohol Content or BAC Testing. The purpose of a BAC test is to measure the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream. There can be inaccuracies with a BAC test if a police officer makes a mistake because they collect the sample incorrectly, use unsterile equipment, cause fermentation issues, or fail to analyze the sample in a timely fashion. You should note that your DUI case will not be automatically dismissed if any of these police mistakes are found. By working with a highly skilled DUI attorney, you can determine whether any of these mistakes were made. If they were, the attorney can construct a persuasive and strong defense strategy and increase your chances of avoiding a conviction.
  4. Inaccurate Police Reports. Some police officers do not take any notes when they are conducting a stop. Then, they forget exactly what happened and fill out police reports with inaccurate information. Inaccurate police reports can bring the officer’s credibility and reliability into question.

Contact Our Waukesha County DUI Attorneys Today

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI and are wondering whether any police mistakes can improve your situation, it is in your best interest to consult our experienced Waukesha County DUI attorneys. Call us at 262-303-4916 for a free consultation.

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