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When a night out on the town goes wrong

Everybody enjoys relaxing after a long day at work or when the weekend finally arrives. For many, that relaxation might involve going out, enjoying night life, drinking or going to a bar. These activities are fun, but when alcohol is involved, they can also lead to trouble. If you want to stay safe, it is important not to fall prey to any of the disturbances that can turn a night of relaxation into a night of regret.

Differences between a misdemeanor and a felony

Wisconsin has several different categories for crimes depending on their severity. In general, the state categorizes a crime as an infraction, a misdemeanor or a felony. An infraction usually includes crimes that are not particularly serious, like certain traffic violations. As long as the associated fine is paid, a person usually will not be sentenced to any jail time. For misdemeanors and felonies, however, the consequences can be more serious.

What are the penalties for an OWI offense?

Wisconsin is the only state in the country that does not consider first-time OWI offenses as criminal offenses. Instead, first-time OWI offenders receive tickets and pay fines. If this is your first time being apprehended for drunk driving, you should take your situation seriously. You should not get behind the wheel and drive after drinking again. If you do, you could find yourself facing criminal charges and some hefty penalties.

Study looks into the effectiveness of ignition interlock laws

Wisconsin law requires motorists convicted of OWI to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles when they have a prior history of drunk driving, refused to submit to a toxicology test or were found to have a blood alcohol level of .15 percent or higher, but a study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Colorado School of Public Health suggests that a law mandating the installation of these devices in the vehicles of all drunk drivers would be more effective.

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