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Waukesha County OWI defense lawyer boating under the influence

With summer comes the welcome of warm weather, and people typically like to spend more time outside. For many Wisconsin residents, boating is a fun outdoor pastime. What some people may not know is that many of the same restrictions that are placed on drivers regarding drugs or alcohol are also true for boat operators. Thus, who are boating while under the influence can be charged with Operating While Intoxicated (OWI). Even though relaxing on the water with a drink in hand may seem like a perfect summer day, it can pose serious consequences for those who are not responsible about it.

Wisconsin OWI Laws

Laws are very similar when it comes to the legal operation of motor vehicles and watercraft in Wisconsin. You are not permitted to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more when you are operating a motor vehicle or a boat. For the first offense, you could be fined up to $500. A second offense carries up to $1,000 in fines, in addition to possible jail time. A third offense results in up to $2,000 in fines and 30 days to one year in jail. You will also be required to complete a boating safety course and obtain a certificate of completion.

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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_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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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_414761317.jpgWhether you love football or simply enjoy the commercials, you will likely be watching the Super Bowl this month. While going out to sports bars and parties to watch the game is fun, it can be dangerous and lead to a DUI if certain safety precautions are disregarded. Here are six tips that can ensure you stay safe and avoid drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday, one of the biggest drinking days of the year:

  1. Have a Plan. Instead of just deciding to drive somewhere to watch the Super Bowl last minute, you should have a plan well in advance. Your plan should determine where you will be watching, who you will be watching with, whether or not you will be drinking, and how you will get home safely.
  2. Designate a Designated Driver. It is a good idea to find a designated driver before going out to watch the Super Bowl. This individual should not drink during the festivities and take on the responsibility of driving you and anyone else who drinks home once the game is finished. 
  3. Provide Non-Alcoholic Beverages and Plenty of Food at Your Party. If you are planning on throwing a party for the Super Bowl, be sure to provide non-alcoholic beverages. You should also make sure that there is plenty of food so that guests who do choose to drink are not drinking on an empty stomach.
  4. Offer Your Home as a Place to Spend the Night. Since the Super Bowl is in February, the weather may not cooperate. If you are the party host and notice that the weather is poor and/or your guests are intoxicated, you should allow them to spend the night at your home.
  5. Utilize Ride Sharing Services. If you are hosting a party or attending one, ride sharing services like Uber can be useful. They can ensure that you or your guests make it home safely and eliminate the need to spend the night somewhere else. Ride sharing services may be a better solution than spending the night because many people have work the next day.
  6. Wear Your Seatbelt. You should always wear your seatbelt when in a moving vehicle. Unfortunately, there may drunk or reckless drivers on the road and you can protect yourself and potentially save your own life by simply wearing a seatbelt.

Contact Our Experienced Milwaukee County DUI Attorneys Today

Even if you do your part in staying safe and avoiding a DUI on Super Bowl Sunday, others may not. If you find yourself in an accident with a drunk driver or get pulled over for a DUI this February 4th, you should reach out to our highly skilled Milwaukee County DUI lawyers at 262-203-4916. 

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