If your occupation is a trucker or bus driver, the last thing you want is to lose your commercial driver’s license.
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.
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.
You might enjoy hanging out with your friends at the bar in the Waukesha area and having a few drinks. But you might not realize that you can still get an OWI/DUI charge without driving. You do not need to drive your vehicle haphazardly on the roads to do so. If you drink alcohol and sit inside of your vehicle with the keys in the ignition or in your lap, you could find yourself face-to-face with a law enforcement officer.
Everyone makes mistakes as a child, but when those mistakes bring harm to others, they may come with significant penalties. If your child faces an offense as a juvenile, you may assume the case will go to a juvenile court. However, that is not always to be.
If you ever find yourself apprehended by the police for a crime in Wisconsin, you may wonder if you should speak up or plead the fifth. One of your Miranda rights states you have the right to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination. You may not realize it, but you do not have to say anything to law enforcement except to give them your name, birth date and other information they can use to identify you. During a criminal trial, you can plead the fifth. The jury and the prosecution cannot use that protection to determine your guilt.
If you face drunk driving charges in Wisconsin, they may be for operating while intoxicated or driving under the influence. Though these terms look similar, they are two very different charges in the eyes of the law. Therefore, they carry very different charges and penalties.
Not everybody needs to know about the ignition interlock law. However, if you are ever charged with OWI in Wisconsin, you may become more familiar with this device than you ever anticipated. You may think that if you are a first offender, you will not have to use an IID, but that is not necessarily true, as any criminal defense attorney will tell you.
Many law enforcement agencies use drug dogs to find evidence of controlled substances. If law enforcement stops you on the road, can the police search your vehicle with a drug dog? The U.S. Supreme Court has weighed in on the matter in Rodriguez v. United States.