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Alternatives to Driving Drunk

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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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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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How to Avoid Jail Time for a OWI

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shutterstock_1031018551.jpgIf you have been charged with an OWI in Wisconsin, there are a variety of penalties you may face. While hefty fines and a loss of driving privileges are harsh penalties, they are not as intimidating as jail time. Let us take a closer look at the potential jail sentences for an OWI and how you may be able to avoid being locked behind bars.

Jail Sentences for Wisconsin OWIs

 

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Can a Passenger Be Charged with a OWI?

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shutterstock_178343492-1.jpgIf you were a passenger in a vehicle with a drunk driver, you may be asking yourself whether you can be charged with an OWI. Although only the driver can be charged with an OWI, the prosecution may question whether or not you were behind the wheel. Let’s take a closer look at the elements of an OWI and what happens if you are arrested for one to help answer this question.

Elements of an OWI

In order to be charged with an OWI in Wisconsin, you must be driving or in actual physical control of the vehicle. The following must also be true:

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shutterstock_132707411.jpgIf you have been arrested for an OWI for the first time, you are likely scared and unsure of what to expect. Fortunately, a OWI arrest does not automatically mean a conviction and there are things you can do to ensure the best possible outcome for your case. Below is some information to help you understand what to expect from a first time OWI arrest and tips on what you should do if you have been arrested.

First-Time DUI Penalties

When you get arrested for an OWI for the first time, you may feel like you are the only one to go through this. It is important to understand that you are not alone—as thousands of people get pulled over for driving under the influence in Wisconsin each year.

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