As many Wisconsin residents know, drinking and driving is a serious crime. When an individual has been charged with intoxicated driving, it is crucial that a solid DUI defense strategy is developed and implemented. The potential consequences of a conviction like this are far too great to allow the allegations to go undefended. After all, a conviction can have a direct and negative impact on one’s personal and professional life.
A 56-year-old man in Wisconsin has recently been charged with a fifth or sixth offense of drinking and driving. According to officials, they were blocking the roadway due to a prior car accident. They claim that all of a sudden a vehicle was approaching the road block but was not reducing its speed.
An officer who was in her vehicle braced herself for the impact that was about to occur. The squad car suffered damage on the driver’s side near the rear and the alleged suspect’s vehicle was damaged on the front end. The man was supposedly unable to remove himself from his vehicle and continued to stumble.
Authorities report that the man refused to take a field sobriety test. He also refused to take a Breathalyzer test. Officials say that the man reportedly said that those tests are impossible to actually pass. That was his right to refuse, as it is anyone’s right who finds him or herself in a similar situation. He was taken to jail by police and is facing as many as three years of incarceration, as much as a $10,000 fine or possibly even both.
It is important that all the facts of a Wisconsin DUI case be properly examined to see if a defendant’s rights were violated in any way. In some cases, a prosecutor’s case isn’t nearly as air-tight as he or she thinks that it is. This may be all the information a defendant and his or her attorney needs to develop an ever stronger DUI defense and to get the charges reduced or dismissed
Source: host.madison.com, “Racine officer injured when squad car struck by alleged drunken driver“, Scott Anderson, June 25, 2015