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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 ajudicates 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. 

Helpful tips you should not ignore about DUI traffic stops

With the number of motorists on the streets increasing each year, Waukesha area law enforcement officers frequently perform DUI stops to apprehend the growing number of drunk drivers. Many people do not realize when they have one sip of alcohol too many and get in their cars only to end up in police custody. 

If you often go out after work and on the weekends to drink and hang out with friends, you should take every precaution to avoid getting a DUI charge. If you decide to drive after drinking, you risk getting pulled over for a DUI traffic stop. A conviction has a long-lasting impact on your life. Here is some advice for you to keep in mind. 

Has an OWI arrest jeopardized your Wisconsin CDL?

If your occupation is a trucker or bus driver, the last thing you want is to lose your commercial driver’s license.

However, the penalties in Wisconsin for driving under the influence when operating a commercial vehicle are severe and could seriously disrupt your career.

Domestic abuse charges and their effects

People may receive domestic abuse charges in a variety of ways. Over the years, the courts have begun to crack down on such offenses, and those who are convicted may receive stiff penalties.

Someone who faces a domestic abuse charge may find it helpful to understand what all it entails. The charge itself, as well as the conviction, can have a strong effect on a person's life.

Why have DUI arrests for women increased in recent years?

A 2014 study focused on drunk driving cases across the nation revealed that DUI arrests had increased for women while similar arrests for men had declined.

Those responding, from judges to alcohol treatment professionals, confirmed that there was an upswing in the number of women going through the justice system. Why have DUI arrests for women gone up?

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