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3 reasons taking an OWI plea may be a bad idea

Driving under the influence of alcohol is not smart. After all, if you have consumed too much booze before climbing behind the wheel, you may not be able to safely drive your vehicle. Even worse, if you end up hurting someone or damaging property, prosecutors may charge you with both operating a vehicle while intoxicated and reckless endangerment. 

Often, agreeing to plead guilty is an effective way to put your past behind you. Still, accepting a plea deal is not right in every situation. Before you do so, you should understand some of the drawbacks of pleading guilty to an OWI in Wisconsin. 

A criminal conviction may complicate your educational plans

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan recognized the importance of education, saying, “Education is the premise of promise, in every society, in every family.” Whether you want to pursue a professional career, learn more about a certain topic or simply better yourself, going to college is usually an effective strategy. If you have a criminal record, though, you may face some roadblocks. 

Pursuing a formal education is never easy. After all, students must make certain sacrifices to achieve their goals. Those who have a criminal conviction in their past, though, may have a harder time obtaining admission to a college or university. As such, if you face criminal charges, you likely want to work diligently to minimize the effect on your schooling options. 

Do not let a bar fight assault charge ruin your life

Most people understand that a bar fight is just that: a short and isolated disagreement in the heat of the moment. However, when people do not see eye to eye after the conflict, or when there is a long-standing grudge between the fighters, these simple confrontations can sometimes expand out of proportion.

Occasionally in such cases, the law gets involved. Not just the police, but the courts as well. Whether it is the families of one of the fighters pushing her or him to press charges or the fighters convince themselves that the law is a good way to get back against someone who got the better of them in a fight, this legal confrontation can be disastrous. It affects both the person bringing the action and the person who is the target. Luckily, there are often multiple ways to deal with assault charges resulting from a bar fight, not all of which require people to go and stand before a public court.

Important factors of Wisconsin's OWI laws

Every day, accidents occur due to individuals who drive while under the influence. For this reason, the authorities crack down on people who drive while impaired

If you or a loved one face such charges, it can be helpful to fully understand the law it stands upon. In that vein, you should know a few important factors regarding Wisconsin's OWI laws.

Could drivers face jail for a first-time DUI?

A first-time DUI is a civil infraction in Wisconsin, the only state that does not criminalize the offense. Enjoying a little too much bubbly and getting behind the wheel may only leave you with a fine if it is the first time you have gotten pulled over for it.

Now, however, a handful of lawmakers have their sights set on changing that. Under a new bill making the rounds throughout the Wisconsin legislature, a first-time DUI would come with a fine up to $500 and a 30-day stint behind bars.

Do juvenile arrests require an attorney?

If the police arrested your child on serious charges, such as for a violent crime, you may wonder what to do next. You should not underestimate the seriousness of a juvenile arrest. Just because your child is under 18 does not mean he or she will not necessarily face legal punishment.

The juvenile justice system adjudicates minors under the age of 18. This justice system is different from the adult criminal justice system. That being the case, not only does your child need a lawyer to move through the system effectively, he or she needs an attorney who knows how this particular system works.

What the 911 Good Samaritan law means

Opioid use is on the rise across all demographics across the country, and different states are implementing individual strategies and laws to deal with the consequences. In Wisconsin, the 911 Good Samaritan law passed in 2014 granted immunity for people who called an ambulance during an overdose. In 2017, the legislature revised the law to extend the immunity to the victims of drug overdoses to deal specifically with victims of drug overdoses.

What does immunity mean in these situations and is it was warranted? The 911 Good Samaritan law may be a crucial component in saving people's lives.

Breathalyzer machines do not always work properly

If you are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, you could face serious consequences if you refuse to take a breathalyzer test. You may have a legitimate reason for your refusal, but keep in mind that a breathalyzer is not infallible. It is a piece of equipment, and equipment can run into unexpected problems.

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3 criminal charges that can stem from drinking

Nothing is more fun than relaxing at your favorite bar and having a few beers. Perhaps you are with friends, winding down from work and talking about the events of the day. The last thing you want is to leave in the back of a cop car with criminal charges pending for a simple mistake. When you drink too much, though, that is exactly what can happen. 

The following are three criminal charges that could result from excessive drinking or simple carelessness. Whether you drink most nights of the week or only once in a blue moon, be careful that you do not find yourself in any of the following legal situations. 

Is marijuana legal in Wisconsin?

With marijuana reform sweeping the nation, you may be wondering if Wisconsin is on board before you try to obtain the substance. Many states have allowed the use of medical marijuana, with a few also permitting recreational use for adults. Currently, Wisconsin has not done either, though things may change in the future.

Knowing the present state laws regarding cannabis can help you prevent getting into legal trouble while in school. 

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