Drunk Driving Laws in Wisconsin

In an effort to reduce drunk driving offenses, Wisconsin assesses fines, driver’s license penalties, and sometimes jail time to drunk driving offenders.  Below is a summary of potential consequences for drunk driving offenses. 

First-time offenders:

  • A first time offense is usually a non-criminal traffic citation, meaning no jail time may be assessed and a conviction will not be listed on the person’s criminal record.
  • If the first time offender caused a motor vehicle accident and injury, or had a minor passenger in the car, the charge may become criminal, even though it is the person’s first offense. 
  • First time offenses incur license revocations for six to nine months.
  • If the offender’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was a 0.15 or above, an ignition interlock device is required to be installed in all vehicles titled in the driver’s name.
  • Fines range from $150 – $300, not including costs.  With costs, total monies owed can range from $800 – $1000.
  • If an accident or injury was involved, fines and license revocation periods are subject to increase.

Second-time offenders:

The Evidence to Collect for a Personal Injury Case

According to the National Safety Council, over 40 million injuries requiring medical attention happen in the United States every year. That means each of us have a 1 in 12 chance of being seriously injured annually.   We hope you never find yourself a victim of an accident, but if you do, there are some steps to take to protect yourself.

Not every accident does or should result in a personal injury claim.  However, if you have been in a serious accident which impacts your life or results in significant medical bills, you should consult with a lawyer to learn your option.  Even before you talk to a lawyer, you should gather information necessary to evaluate a potential personal injury claim. You will need to show that negligence or a breach of duty caused the accident, as well as demonstrate the nature of your injury. Collect information as soon as possible after an accident, as witnesses can become hard to contact and records and accident reports can be misplaced.

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How to Fight a Speeding Ticket

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most drivers have experienced that feeling of angst in the pit of their stomachs at the sight of flashing blue and red lights in their rearview mirror: roughly 112,000 people are ticketed for speeding each day in the United States. That equates to 1 in 6 drivers daily.

Wisconsin ranks 34th in the nation when it comes to issuing speeding tickets to drivers, and drivers of white cars and Toyota Camrys receive the most tickets on average. Wisconsin speeding ticket fines generally range from $200-$800, depending on how fast the officer alleges the person was traveling, and whether or not they were in a reduced speed zone at the time.

If you’re issued a speeding ticket, you may wonder about your options. Do I have to pay for this? Can I fight it?

Anyone can fight a speeding ticket in Wisconsin. However, navigating the legal system can be tricky.  Below are some tips to keep in mind if you are issued a speeding ticket:

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Tips for Safely Gifting Children This Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us, and December is National Safe Toys and Gifts month for a good reason. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 200,000 children visit the emergency room with toy-related injuries every year. Many of these injuries are due to choking and falls and can be prevented.  Use these tips to gift toys for the appropriate age and reduce the risk of injury to your loved ones.

Ages 0 -3

Choking is a prominent holiday hazard for infants. Over half of choking related emergency room visits each year are children age three and under. When purchasing a gift for an infant or toddler, always check the age-appropriate range provided by the manufacturer. Visually look at pieces to ensure they are safe for mouthing, generally larger than 1 1/4 inches in diameter and 2 1/4 inches long. Avoid toys with magnets or button batteries that could be swallowed. Sometimes toy packaging is just as appealing as the toy itself. When a toy is opened, make sure all packaging is thrown away immediately to avoid ingestion. …
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Avoiding Personal Injuries During the Holiday Season

The holidays are a time of excitement and joy for most. Unfortunately, many of the seasonal activities we take part in can lead to injuries. Use the following tips to help avoid an accident and enjoy the holiday season to its fullest.

Slips and Falls

Falls are the third-highest cause of unintentional death in the United States. The risk of falling increases during the holiday season due to colder weather conditions, increased travel, and alcohol consumption. Use the following advice and avoid injury this holiday season.

  • Keep sidewalks shoveled and free from ice. Don’t hesitate to ask a neighbor for help if needed.
  • Go slow, walk flat-footed, and avoid looking at your phone when walking. Be aware that vehicles take longer to break in inclement weather.
  • Walk with empty hands and arms to maintain balance.
  • Exit your vehicle with two feet on the ground to avoid knee injuries.
  • Cold muscles are tight muscles. Stretch before you walk.
  • Check your boots for good tread.

Decorations

The CDC2 estimates that over five thousand people go to the emergency room due to a decorating accident every …
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