When people are charged and convicted of DUIs in Wisconsin, they will face penalties, which can include fines and jail time. In most cases, people will learn from their mistakes and not become repeat offenders. Unfortunately, some people fail to learn and end up facing multiple DUI charges. When a person has been charged and convicted of drunk driving, future convictions will result in more serious penalties.
A 41-year-old was arrested in late February after allegedly driving the wrong way and swerving. A police officer approached the man outside of a bar. It was at this time that the man said he was being followed, which is why he was driving erratically.
Supposedly, the man confirmed that he had been drinking. He reportedly failed sobriety tests given in the field, and a preliminary breath test showed a 0.11 percent blood alcohol content (BAC). The usual legal limit for individuals is 0.08 percent, but, because the man had been convicted of DUI four times previously, his allowed BAC was only 0.02 percent. He is now facing a fifth charge for drunk driving.
With a history of DUI convictions, a person faces much more serious penalties should he or she be convicted of drunk driving again. Fortunately, regardless of the number of past convictions an individual has in Wisconsin, anyone accused of a crime has the right to prove his or her innocence. An accused individual can make the attempt to resolve the drunk driving case in a way that protects his or her best interests.
Source: greenbaypressgazette.com, “Allouez man charged with 5th OWI”, Nathan Phelps, March 3, 2015