Harsher Penalties For Wisconsin OWIs

In late April, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law a bill that significantly increases penalties for people who have been charged with a fourth offense OWI or greater. Here are the changes: Fourth offense OWI is now an automatic felony rather than a criminal misdemeanor Fifth and sixth offense OWIs can now land a […]

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New bills to be introduced in Wisconsin regarding repeat DUIs

The idea that a person may only make a given mistake once is fairly idealistic. In truth, humans tend to make the same mistakes again and again; not necessarily because they are stubborn or foolish, but simply because it may take more than one misstep to learn a lesson. Unfortunately, some mistakes are more costly […]

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Milwaukee man faces his 5th OWI

Here in Wisconsin, unlike other criminal charges, drunk driving charges cannot be removed from a person’s criminal record. No matter how long ago the charge took place, or where the driver lived at the time, previous DWI, DUI and OWI charges are always visible on a person’s record. Being arrested for a second offense drunk […]

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Wisconsin legislator wants to toughen DUI laws yet again

Many Waukesha residents will remember that Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws have been updated and tightened in recent years. In 2009, for example, the felony threshold was lowered for repeat DUI offenders. Prior to 2009, a DUI was considered a felony if it was a driver’s fifth offense within five years. But the law was then […]

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National debate continues about stricter ignition interlock laws

In recent months there has been considerable nationwide debate about the use of ignition interlock devices (IIDs) as a means of reducing repeat drunk driving offenses and drunk driving crashes. Wisconsin already requires the mandatory installation of an IID for DUI repeat offenders and those convicted with a blood-alcohol concentration of at least 0.15 percent. […]

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DUI penalties in Wisconsin could increase if federal bill passes

Since July of 2010, Wisconsin state law has called for the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) for any driver convicted of a repeat OWI or convicted of their first offense with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15 percent or higher. These IIDs are expensive, inconvenient and potentially embarrassing for those who are […]

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Woman in front passenger seat charged with DUI following crash

In October, we wrote about the Wisconsin man who was charged with drunk driving after police discovered him asleep in his van in the early hours of the morning. The keys were in the ignition, but the car was apparently not running. The arrest of this DUI repeat offender was especially ironic because he had […]

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Wisconsin man charged with drunk driving for sleeping in his car

We have previously written that Wisconsin residents sometimes get charged and convicted of DUI even though they were never seen driving their car. Wisconsin police officers sometimes assume the worst when they encounter an intoxicated person in a vehicle. Earlier this month, a repeat DUI offender was charged with his 14th drunk driving offense. However, […]

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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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Intervention programs help reduce repeat OWI offenses: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about pretrial intensive supervision programs (ISPs). These programs are operating in 11 Wisconsin counties (including Waukesha) and were first introduced in Wisconsin in 1993. Pretrial intensive supervision programs offer a humane and effective solution to the problem of repeat OWI offenses. They are a collaborative effort between repeat […]

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