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What should you know about ignition interlock devices?

When a Wisconsin resident is arrested on drunk driving charges, the penalties for a conviction can be significant. Most people will understand that there is a chance for fines, a driver's license revocation and even jail time. However, there are other penalties that can be assessed as well. There may be an order for an ignition interlock device to be placed on the driver's vehicle. Knowing when this is a possibility and how it can affect a person's life is imperative, just as it is important to present a strong defense to try to avoid a conviction.

The accused in a drunk driving case has options

How do you defend yourself against drunk driving charges? It's a simple question, but it may sound silly to even ask it. This is because most people assume that someone who is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is guilty -- even though we are all presumed innocent to begin with.

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.

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.

Mishap in drive-thru lane leads to DUI for country artist

Country music fans in Wisconsin may be interested in knowing about a drunk driving case that is unfolding in warmer climates. According to reports, singer Michael Ray was taken into custody on Dec. 20 after his Jeep Wrangler rear-ended a car in a fast-food restaurant's drive-thru lane in Florida. Ray was reportedly detained on a $6,000 bond at the Lake County jail following the incident.

The White House increases awareness of impaired driving

In Wisconsin, like every other state in the country, the legal limit for intoxication is .08 percent. When a person gets behind the wheel and is driving impaired, they put their lives at risk as well as the lives of other individuals in their vehicle, other drivers and innocent pedestrians. Every 50 minutes, approximately one individual loses their life in an alcohol-related automobile accident. As a result, many states have put strict laws in place to deter impaired driving.

Eau Claire city sign knocked down by alleged drunk driver

According to a representative from the Eau Claire Police Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol arrested a 48-year-old woman who was involved in the destruction of the city's sign on Madison Street. The arrest took place where her vehicle stopped after moving westbound on Cameron Street.

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