You might feel relieved to see a line of Uber cars outside a bar at closing time. None of the people climbing in are going to be driving drunk, and the streets will be safer for everyone. Or will they be?
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides that we should be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision in a case involving the intersection of the Fourth Amendment and individuals suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Most states have strict laws in place for those who operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. A driver in Wisconsin may be pulled over and arrested for OWI if he or she appears to be drunk while driving, or if the officer can smell or see alcohol during a traffic stop. Sobriety tests and blood alcohol levels may also be used as further evidence to support the arrest.
Extensive alcohol usage can lead to dangerous situations, especially when the user gets behind the wheel of a car in Komensky. When someone is convicted of drunk driving, the penalties can be severe. Often people found guilty are sentenced to time in jail, fines, and can have their license taken away from them. For people that accumulate a number of OWI convictions, and seem unable to obey the law, a prison sentence could be the next step.
Last month, we wrote about a teenager who was arrested after bragging about a drunk driving crash on Facebook. His online apology for hitting someone's car while driving drunk - a behavior which he described as "classic" - didn't amount to a legally admissible confession. However, it didn't take long for the post to be brought to the attention of local police, who were able to connect the teen's car to two vehicles that had been damaged in a hit-and-run crash the previous evening.
For many Wisconsin residents, the following scenario is a familiar one: You're out on the town with friends and have just a few drinks. You need to get home at the end of the night, and you still feel pretty sober, but you're not sure what a blood-alcohol test would say.
In our last post, we began a discussion about the ways in which Wisconsin legislators are currently approaching drunk driving penalties in Wisconsin. We mentioned that the structure of DUI penalties in Wisconsin is unique in at least one way.
Wisconsin is famous for a multitude of reasons. The state is home to notable sports teams, has a strong educational system and is known for exports including dairy products and great beer. However, the structure of DUI penalties in Wisconsin is famous for largely critical reasons.
Social media sites have definitely made the world a smaller place. Not only can Facebook help you keep in touch with friends and family around Wisconsin, but it can also keep you connected to others from around the country and the world.
We often write about the increased enforcement campaigns that occur around various holidays throughout the year. Wisconsin law enforcement ramped up anti-drunk-driving enforcement just a couple weeks ago to coincide with the Thanksgiving weekend.