Wisconsin Supreme Court may change law that some deem unconstitutional

The U.S. Constitution grants American citizens certain rights. This includes the Fourth Amendment right protecting people from unlawful search and seizure by law enforcement. Many states require a warrant in order to obtain a blood sample from a motorist suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. While each state has different laws […]

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One man dead after teenage DUI accident

Teenagers in Wisconsin and across the country are often known for making impulsive decisions. Some of these rash decisions can have major, life-changing results. Due in part to the physiological development of an adolescent brain, teens may be completely unaware that their actions can have severe consequences. In some cases, this information is only realized […]

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Proposed WI bill mandates ignition devices for all DUI offenders

Many Waukesha residents enjoy having a few glasses of wine or beer when dining at a nice restaurant. Those who do so, however, must be careful about whether they choose to drive afterward. While many feel competent to drive after having a few drinks, they may be facing serious consequences if they are pulled over […]

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Case of Midwestern woman calls drunk driving policy into question

The woman will have her license revoked due to the conviction. The judge presiding over her case has insisted that fleeing from domestic violence may not be used as a defense to a drunk driving charge. In fact, the judge ruled that, “the episode of domestic violence here is outweighed by the potential hazards [the […]

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Wisconsin man charged with drunk driving on a lawnmower

In February, we wrote that Wisconsin authorities and lawmakers are increasingly cracking down on drivers who allegedly drive intoxicated in recreational vehicles. This includes snowmobiles, boats, ATVs and other vehicles. People don’t always realize it, but operating nearly any motorized or powered vehicle while intoxicated is illegal and could result in DUI charges. As one […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court hears important DUI case: Part II

In our last post, we began a discussion about an interesting and important case that was recently argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It is critical for prosecutors in a DUI case to show that the traffic stop was made lawfully; that is, that the officer had probable cause to stop the defendant. An unlawful […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court hears important DUI case: Part I

We recently wrote about the acquittal of former Wisconsin Senator Randy Hopper. In the last two months, Hopper was found not guilty in a jury trial on charges of drunk driving. Based on the outcome of that trial, he was also able to beat a charge of refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test. In […]

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Reasonable suspicion at issue in some refusal cases

For those who are pulled over by police for suspicion that they are driving under the influence (DUI), the complicated criminal justice process begins as soon as law enforcement requests a field sobriety test or other chemical testing. In Wisconsin, even refusing to submit to blood or urine testing may result in DUI charges. However, […]

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Wisconsin police on high alert for underage drinking and driving

Earlier this week, we posted about a Wisconsin teenager who has been charged with four felonies for allegedly killing a man during a drunk-driving car accident. If convicted, the 18-year-old girl could spend up to 37 years in prison. The timing of this incident serves as a sobering reminder for all Wisconsin teens. During the […]

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