In Wisconsin, an individual whose blood-alcohol concentration is above 0.08 will be considered legally intoxicated for purposes of driving. When an individual is charged with an OWI or some other drunk driving offense, he or she is likely to face harsh penalties if convicted. These penalties may include fines, jail time, revocation of a driver's license and insurance increases.
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.
A number of factors can affect which kind of DUI charge a prosecutor will choose to file against any Wisconsin resident is who accused of drunk driving. One factor is whether or not an accused individual has ever been convicted of OWI or DUI before. If a person has previous convictions, he or she could face increasingly severe consequences if the court decides to convict again. That is why a strong DUI defense is necessary to ensuring that all of the circumstances of an arrest are considered and that the rights of the accused are fully protected in court.