Extensive alcohol usage can lead to dangerous situations, especially when the user gets behind the wheel of a car in Komensky. When someone is convicted of drunk driving, the penalties can be severe. Often people found guilty are sentenced to time in jail, fines, and can have their license taken away from them. For people that accumulate a number of OWI convictions, and seem unable to obey the law, a prison sentence could be the next step.
This may very well be the case for a Wisconsin man who has been convicted 12 times for OWI, the first dating back to 1989. Allegedly he was found recently in the driver’s seat of a vehicle that had landed into a ditch. He was unconscious and authorities suspected that he was over the legal limit. His blood alcohol concentration was later determined to be four times the legal limit at .31.
If the man is convicted for a 13th time, he likely faces a total of $25,000 in fines, not to mention a prison sentence of over 12 years. He was charged with driving after his license was taken away from him and with OWI.
With the man’s history of multiple offenses of OWI and the results of the blood test as evidence against him, it may be in his best interest to seek a plea agreement with prosecutors. A plea agreement can lead to reduced charges and a reduced sentence but it is important for people to carefully evaluate the terms of the agreement before signing it. It may, therefore, be a good idea to consult an attorney before making any type of legal decision.
Source: Jackson County Chronicle, “Man charged for 13th drunken driving,” Cassandra Colson, March 27, 2013