Each year in the United States, about a million people are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. In virtually all of those cases, the driver is asked to blow into a breathalyzer-style machine that estimates their blood-alcohol content. If it's above a certain level, typically 0.08%, the driver is arrested and brought to the precinct for additional testing.
Maybe you have a few social drinks after work with friends, or maybe a beer or two before heading to a party. After drinking what seems like a small amount, many individuals still feel competent to drive. But while that may be the feeling, there is no denying that sometimes the decision to drive results in the surprising revelation that a person's blood-alcohol content may have been over .08 percent.
Witnesses say a Greenfield man's SUV crashed into a parked car recently in West Allis. Apparently, the 42-year-old continued driving after the collision, prompting a witness to flag down a police officer. The SUV driver was later arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. If convicted, it would be his fourth OWI since 1993, and that means he could face up to roughly seven years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
Readers in the Milwaukee area may know that Wisconsin has specific laws pertaining to drunken driving with a child in the vehicle. A conviction on such a charge can potentially result in jail time and significant fines. However, just because a person consumes an alcoholic beverage and then drives a vehicle does not mean that person is necessarily drunk, and in such a case, it is highly important that the rights of the accused are maintained through a strong criminal defense.