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Delafield Underage DUI Lawyer

Getting a call from the police department is rarely fun. When that call from the police is to inform you they have your teenager in custody, it can be devastating. 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, alcohol is the most widely used drug among teenagers, even though it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol. Though underage DUI incidents have decreased over the past few years, it is still a problem with serious consequences.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_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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b2ap3_thumbnail_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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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_735997507.jpgWhen you get pulled over for a DUI, you will likely feel overwhelmed with thoughts and wonder whether you will lose your license, how your insurance company will react, and who you should talk to first. If you do get accused of a DUI, it is important to follow the following five steps.

  1. Document Everything. You should take the time to write down everything you can remember from your DUI arrest. Doing so can help you build a strong case and may help reduce or dismiss your charge. Some points that are vital to document include:
  • When and where you were stopped
  • Whether a breathalyzer test was administered
  • What the officer communicated to you and vice versa
  • What types of tests the officer conducted

2. Make Your Social Media Profiles Private. If your Facebook page shows pictures of you drinking the night of your DUI arrest, your arrest has a greater chance of turning into a conviction. Even if you are innocent, your photos can be taken out of context and taint your reputation. 

Therefore, you should remove any photos of yourself partying, drinking, or engaging in any type of inappropriate behavior. It is also a good idea to make sure all of your social media profiles are set to private. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_435670558.jpgIf you have been charged with DUI, you may be facing several issues such as shame, depression, and social stigma. Fortunately, you can get your life back on track after a DUI conviction and learn from your mistake. Here are several tips that will help you get through this hurdle and move forward with your life.

  1. Seek Treatment If Necessary. In some cases, a DUI was the result of one bad decision. However, if you often find yourself getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, you may have an alcohol addiction. If you believe you have an alcohol issue that is affecting your life, career, and relationships, you should seek treatment by contacting your doctor or a local treatment center.
  2. Seek Support. Facing a DUI can be an overwhelming experience. Therefore, you should seek support from your family, close friends, or even a professional counselor. Resolving problems on your own could do more harm than good so it is important that you take advantage of loved ones and professionals who have your best interest in mind.
  3. Forgive Your Mistake. Tell yourself that nobody is perfect and one mistake does not make you a bad person. You should accept that you were caught driving under the influence, forgive yourself, and do everything in your power to avoid another DUI charge in the future.
  4. Find a Hobby You Enjoy. One of the most effective ways to take your mind off your DUI and unleash some stress is to find a hobby you enjoy. Some examples of hobbies you should consider are joining a fantasy football league, bird watching, bowling, yoga, cooking, and woodworking.
  5. Create a List of Goals. Rather than focusing on your DUI conviction and what happened in your past, you should focus on your future by creating a list of goals. Think about where you want to be in 5, 10, and 15 years from now and ask yourself what you can do to make your dreams a reality.
  6. Reach Out to an Experienced DUI Attorney. DUI laws are complex and difficult to understand. To ensure that your rights are protected and increase your chances of avoiding a conviction, you should consult an experienced DUI attorney. They can evaluate your case and may be able to design a strong defense strategy that can improve your situation.

Contact Our Milwaukee County DUI Attorneys Today

For skilled, compassionate legal representation for your DUI charge, you should contact our experienced Milwaukee County DUI lawyers today at 262-303-4916. We can make sure you are being treated fairly and help you overcome this roadblock in your life.

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