When a person is accused of a crime, there are multiple, potentially life changing decisions that must be made. Unfortunately, many people do not have the legal training or experience to fully understand the potential implications of their choices. In fact, a man is now likely wondering about his legal options now that he faces criminal charges following his recent arrest in Wisconsin.
If you are like a lot of people in Wisconsin, you might feel quite afraid about your future after being arrested for and charged with a drunk driving offense. The penalties for these types of charges can be severe and have a long-term impact on your life. However, it is important for you to know that you have the right to defend yourself and one fact to know is that the tests used during your arrest process are not always accurate.
It is easier than many people might think to be charged with a drunk driving offense in Wisconsin. Alcohol is commonly served at social events and it is still acceptable to have a casual drink or two and then drive home. Depending on a person's size, gender, food consumption and more, a blood alcohol level of 0.08% is not difficult to reach. If you have been arrested for and charged with an operating while intoxicated offense, you will want to know about the state's law regarding the use of ignition interlock devices.
It is becoming increasingly clear that there are major problems with the criminal justice system in the United States, including racial and socioeconomic bias, wrongful convictions and overly harsh prison sentences. But there is also a problem with the way that the criminal justice system influences life in the rest of society.
Attorney Emily Lonergan was recently the recipient of the Wisconsin Law Foundation Gordon Sinykin Award of Excellence. She received her award at the Wisconsin State Bar's Annual Meeting and Conference in June.