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How have Wisconsin drunk driving laws changed in 2017?

 Posted on September 25, 2017 in DUI/OWI

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.

In addition to making the fourth offense a felony, subsequent charges were also impacted. There was an increase in sentencing for fifth and sixth time offenders, which could result in up to five years in prison. Eighth and ninth time offenders could face a penalty of up to seven and a half years in prison. Finally, for those with 10 or more OWIs, an offender could spend up to a decade in prison.

Drunk driving charges have been known to change as a way to deter repeat offenders. Because an accused motorist could face harsh penalties for an OWI in the state of Wisconsin, it is important to understand the situation at hand, the potential consequences one could face, and what criminal defense options are available. This will ensure that defendants take the time to develop a strong defense while also protecting their rights and interests.

Source: Wsaw.com, "Wisconsin tightens OWI laws in 2017," Rebecca Cardenas, Dec. 29, 2016

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