29May 2019

There Is A State Yet To Criminalize DUI

Believe it or not, the state of Wisconsin currently has DUI (or OWI, as they
call it) as a civil violation! The only punishment for a first 
offender is a fine of between 150 and 300 dollars. This seems rather 
ridiculous given the serious consequences that operating under the 
influence can have. Not surprisingly, Wisconsin ranks 4th in the number 
of DUIs it prosecutes. Clearly, there is not much of an incentive for 
drivers to be responsible if they are only going to get a "speeding 
ticket" and a similarly "priced" fine.

There are currently bills in the Wisconsin legislature to criminalize 
DUI and provide stiff fines and sentences. One being a mandatory five 
years in prison for any death resulting from a DUI. Wisconsin 
prosecutors are not very busy, nor are their offices highly staffed. The 
passing of these bills would mean a dramatic increase in workload and 
the first question the state has to consider is will they have the 
resources to deal with a sudden influx of criminal complaints.

Remember, never operate any vehicle or any machinery if you are under 
the influence of any substance. If you live in Burlington, Essex, 
Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne or anywhere in the State of 
Vermont, and have been arrested or charged with DUI or any crime, call 
Handy Law for aggressive and experienced legal defense.