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January 2018 Archives

The effect of pretrial incarceration on criminal cases

Criminal defendants in Wisconsin and around the country who are denied bail are far more likely to plead guilty or be convicted according to researchers from three leading universities. Their study, which was published in the February 2018 edition of the American Economic Review, looked into the effect pretrial incarceration has on how criminal cases are resolved, and they found that being granted bail or otherwise released before a trial decreases a defendant's chances of being found guilty by 14 percentage points.

Federal study urges lowered drunk driving limits

For Wisconsin residents, being convicted of drunk driving can carry serious penalties. The state, like all other states, has a blood alcohol content limit of .08 percent. Being found driving while at or over that threshold can lead to a fine, incarceration and a driver's license suspension. A federally funded study argues that the BAC limit should be reduced in order to reduce the number of fatalities and serious crashes.

How to handle an OWI charge

If you are facing an OWI charge in the Green Bay area, you may be wondering what your next steps are. The mere thought of serving jail time may have you feeling stressed and struggling to sleep at night. You are probably also concerned about how an OWI/DUI charge will affect your job and what your friends and family think of you. 

Wisconsin woman charged with OWI following crash with 8 children

Law enforcement responding to a single-vehicle collision on the I-43 highway in Milwaukee on Jan. 10 encountered eight children and two adults outside a minivan that had struck a retaining wall. Deputies described the results of the 30-year-old female driver's field sobriety test as poor. Her breath test produced a blood alcohol level of .088, which resulted in her arrest for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and transporting children.

"Jackass" star faces drunk driving charges

Wisconsin residents may be concerned about their next steps if they have been cited for driving under the influence. DUI charges aren't uncommon, but they can have a major impact. High-profile celebrities also frequently face these kinds of cases. The star of "Jackass", Bam Margera, was arrested on Jan. 7 for driving under the influence in California. He was stopped after state highway police saw him on his phone while driving after they had already stopped another car. Police reported that they smelled alcohol on his breath before giving him a field sobriety test and a Breathalyzer. He was taken into custody but later released on his own recognizance.

Traffic stop leads to range of drug charges after search

Traffic stops can be an occasion for serious charges including drug charges for people in Wisconsin. Searches that stem from traffic stops can give rise to charges that not only relate to someone's driving but also to drugs they may have in their vehicle. Many people are unaware of their rights in relation to searches conducted during traffic stops, especially because those rights are limited in comparison to those enjoyed in one's home.

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