For a long time, Wisconsin has been the only state in the country to treat first-time DUI offenses as civil rather than criminal. Some of the benefits of this include not having to pay more than $300 in fines. First-time DUI offenders were not even required to appear in court. As of January of this year, there have been new bill proposals to tighten these laws.
Wisconsin lawmakers are cracking down on drunk driving violations in the state. Lawmakers have found success moving proposals forward and are gaining momentum on others. This piece discusses recent changes that are currently in effect, likely changes in the future and things that are expected to remain the same. It will also clarify how these changes could impact those who are accused of drunk driving.
Stopped for drunk driving? It is not uncommon for the officer conducting the stop to ask for a breath or blood test to determine if you have been drinking - but what are your rights during these stops? Do you have to submit to this test?
A new drunk driving law, which went into effect in Wisconsin in March, allows officers to move forward with a blood draw when they suspect the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Wisconsin's Brad Schimel, a well-known and staunch advocate of states' rights joined 17 of his fellow state attorneys general filing a friend-of-the-court brief in three DUI cases under consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.
While jail time, fines and license suspension may accompany a drunk driving conviction, those penalties do little to resolve what many times is the root of the problem. A new bill in the Wisconsin legislature is addressing the core of what led many state residents convicted of OWI.