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Milwaukee County OWI Lawyer

While law enforcement has cracked down on drunk driving for the past few decades, in Wisconsin and in every state, operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) is still a common problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 613 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in Wisconsin in 2017 and 38 percent of those involved alcohol in some way. 

When you are pulled over for suspicion of OWI, the police officer will ask you to submit to a chemical test to determine your blood-alcohol concentration (BAC). If you do not comply with the officer’s request to submit to a chemical test, you could face serious consequences.

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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_468856877.jpgIf you have a DUI on your criminal record and are searching for a job, you may be nervous about how potential employers will react when they find out about your DUI conviction. Here are some tips on how to explain your DUI on a job application or in an interview and increase your chances of landing the job. 

Is Disclosing a DUI Necessary?

It may be tempting not to mention your DUI while applying for a job. However, if an application asks you about your criminal history, it is important that you reveal your DUI. Since employers almost always run background checks prior to hiring employees, not mentioning your DUI can make you appear untrustworthy. In most cases, hiring managers and recruiters refrain from hiring candidates who were not honest about their criminal history. 

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