Study shows cocktail mixers can affect level of intoxication

We recently wrote that personal breathalyzer tests are growing in popularity. An increasing number of Wisconsin residents who want to enjoy a social drinking life while avoiding potential legal troubles from an accidental DUI incident have found it helpful to invest in their own breathalyzer to take some of the guesswork out of deciding whether […]

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What to look for when buying a personal breathalyzer test

For many Wisconsin residents, the following scenario is a familiar one: You’re out on the town with friends and have just a few drinks. You need to get home at the end of the night, and you still feel pretty sober, but you’re not sure what a blood-alcohol test would say. Wouldn’t it be nice […]

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DUI defendant learns that iPhone can’t be used as a breathalyzer

Smart phones are great tools that make our lives more convenient and entertaining. But it is no secret that smart phones can also inspire us to do some dumb things, especially when alcohol is involved. Waukesha residents need to remember that an iPhone can do a lot, but it can’t tell if you’re too drunk […]

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Former Wisconsin lawmaker beats breathalyzer refusal charge

Last month, we wrote about the complex and controversial drunk driving case against former Wisconsin Senator Randy Hopper stemming from his arrest last October. Hopper’s defense attorney has maintained that his DUI arrest and subsequent charges were politically motivated; most likely in retaliation for his vote to eliminate collective bargaining agreements. The former senator was […]

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Waukesha and other Wisconsin schools now using breathalyzer tests

Spring is a busy and exciting time for high school students in Waukesha and around Wisconsin. Between prom, graduation, and the after-parties which usually accompany these events, there are many exciting nights to look forward to. But Wisconsin police realize that prom and graduation parties are frequently sources of underage drinking and subsequent drunk driving. […]

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Is Facebook friendship grounds for a judge’s recusal? – Part II

Earlier this week, be began a discussion about a DUI case and an issue that could become more prevalent in future criminal cases: whether or not a Facebook friendship between a judge and defendant is a significant enough link to question the judge’s ability to rule in a case. Judges in Wisconsin and elsewhere need […]

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Is Facebook friendship grounds for a judge’s recusal? – Part I

It is important for Wisconsin judges to remain impartial and fair, particularly in criminal cases. For instance, if the judge is friends with a defendant who has been charged with DUI, that connection might unfairly influence the judge’s ruling. In these situations, judges (or prosecutors) will often recuse themselves from the case. But in the […]

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Police using hidden alcohol sensors to sniff out drunk drivers

Law enforcement agencies throughout the country are beginning to use a new tool to aid in the combat of drunk driving. Officers are starting to implement the use “DUI flashlights.” While they appear to be normal flashlights routinely used during traffic stops, the sensors on the device, when put near a driver’s mouth, can act […]

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Wisconsin issues thousands of ignition interlock devices last year

Just over a year ago, the state of Wisconsin enacted a new law increasing penalties for repeat OWI offenders. In July of 2010, a law went into effect requiring the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) for anyone convicted of repeat OWI or for first offenders with a BAC of 0.15 percent or higher. […]

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Wisconsin man convicted for DUI despite no proof he was driving

We often write that there are rules and procedures law enforcement must follow in prosecuting alleged drunk drivers. Police officers need probable cause to administer field sobriety tests, and those tests need to be administered correctly. It is also possible to challenge the accuracy of blood, breath and urine tests if a defendant feels they […]

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