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Police charge Milwaukee man with drunk driving after accident

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a dangerous practice that has plagued Milwaukee residents for decades. For this reason, local law enforcers are sensitive to drivers who they suspect of committing DUI violations.

Take into consideration the news story about a 23-year-old man from Milwaukee who was allegedly involved in an auto accident with a 14-year-old passenger in the vehicle with him. The 23-year-old man was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence, OWI, causing injury. If convicted, this man could face up to two years of incarceration.

The criminal complaint charges that the driver failed to yield at a stop sign, and struck the other vehicle that was going west of Highway CW. While it is not known if a field sobriety test was performed, a subsequent blood test reportedly indicated that the accused driver had a blood alcohol content level of 0.184. The man told the officers that he had no driver's license, but that he was only operating the vehicle because the owner of the vehicle was drunk.

While these charges await a hearing, the driver may suffer from several problems. Even without conviction, the allegations may be with him permanently, which may block future education and employment opportunities.

Since people charged with a DUI face such penalties, it is important for them to build a strong and immediate legal defense. A solid criminal defense may prevent the defendant from being incriminated and could clear the charges. The strategy could focus on the inconsistencies of the breath test and the surrounding circumstances. However, regardless of the strategy, the key is to begin planning early.

Source: Daily Citizen, "Man faces drunken driving charges after crash," Citizen Staff, June 27, 2013.

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