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Untitled-design-21.jpgWhen you are pulled over for drunk driving, you may be confused and unsure of what to expect. In addition to a breath test, a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin will ask you to complete a series of field sobriety tests prior to your potential arrest. Field sobriety tests are known as “divided attention” tests, which are intended to evaluate your ability to drive safely.

Although an officer may ask you to complete a few non-standardized tests, there are three field sobriety tests that the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recognizes as the most accurate. These tests include the horizontal gaze nystagmus or HGN test, the walk and turn test, and the one-leg stand test.

 

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How have Wisconsin drunk driving laws changed in 2017

While a traffic stop could result in a traffic violation, not all alleged traffic violations end up in minor penalties. In fact, if a motorist is pulled over for a traffic violation and subsequently accused of drunk driving, then he or she could face serious penalties. If a driver has multiple drunk driving charges on his or her record, then even harsher penalties may be imposed upon conviction. Because of that, it is important to be clear on the current DUI laws in the state and any changes that might have recently taken place. This information could impact the consequences you could face if convicted of drunk driving and what defense strategies you may want to implement.

How have Wisconsin drunk driving laws changed in 2017? Previously, when a motorist was faced with his or her fourth OWI charge, the severity of the charge was not increased. In 2017, this changed when new legislation made the fourth offense a felony. Moreover, this felony charge would remain regardless of a person's previous record.

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Can Breathalyzer tests fail?

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When individuals are slapped with a drunk driving charge, prosecutors rely on certain tests to try to prove their case. While field sobriety tests and breath tests are considered reliable evidence that a driver is under the influence of alcohol, motorists in Wisconsin should note that these tests and devices are not always accurate and reliable. Thus, it is possible to challenge these results, helping an accused individual assert a strong defense.

Can Breathalyzer tests fail? While these tests are the backbone of drunk driving campaigns and are heavily relied on by law enforcement to determine if the blood alcohol content of a driver is intoxicated, these tests are prone to errors and mistakes.

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Oconomowoc man faces 10 felony counts after suspected OWI crash

Being involved in an wreck is a serious and tragic event. However, when a motorist is accused of a crime following a car accident, the matter's severity can increase significantly. If an officer believes that a driver was negligent or under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, for example, it is likely that the officer will take investigative steps based on those suspicions. This could mean forcing a driver to going through a sobriety test and a breath test. If the results of these tests reveal that a driver was intoxicated, then he or she may be hit with a drunk driving charge.

According to recent reports, a Wisconsin man is in this situation after he was recently charged with various felonies following an alleged drunk driving crash. According to police, the Oconomowoc man collided with a good Samaritan who had stopped to help a family change a flat tire. While helping the family along the side of Interstate 94 in Delafield, the 37-year-old accused individual allegedly crashed into the parked vehicle while the victim was under it.

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A plan for Packers season you forgot to make

Are you ready for Packers' football? If your answer is an emphatic "yes," you might not be as ready as you think. People who are going to head out to enjoy Packer parties need to plan ahead now for how they will get home if they are going to drink any alcohol.

Think about how drunk driving charges will ruin the rest of Packers' season! The first preseason game isn't until Aug. 10 at Lambeau Field, so that means that you would likely have this legal issue hanging over your head for the rest of the season, which will hopefully go through the Super Bowl.

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