Wisconsin Senate Approves Tougher DUI Penalties

Wisconsin Senate Approves Tougher Penalties for Drunk Driving

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on January 25, 2016 in Car Accidents

Wisconsin DUI penaltiesThe Wisconsin Senate passed a bill last week to impose tougher penalties for repeated drunk driving offenses. The measure passed the state senate without opposition on Jan. 20, 2016.

Currently, a fourth DUI offense is only considered a felony if it happens within five years of a third offense. This new bill would make a fourth-time DUI offense a felony, punishable by up to three years in prison.

Under the bill, fifth and sixth drunk driving offenses would be classified as a Class G felony, instead of a Class H felony. This would increase maximum prison sentences for fifth and sixth drunk driving offenses by three to five years. Seventh, eighth and ninth drunk driving offenses would receive a maximum prison sentence of seven years and ten months, instead of five years. A maximum prison sentence for a tenth DUI offense would increase from seven to ten years. Senator Alberta Darling, R-River Hills sponsored this bill, which has been stalled in past years. The bill will go to the Assembly next.

Many critics view this as a compromise bill, as Wisconsin drunk driving penalties are still the most lenient in the nation. First time DUI offenders in Wisconsin receive a traffic ticket, and do not lose driving privileges. Wisconsin remains the only state in the nation that does not criminalize first-time drunk drivers.

Wisconsin has the highest drunk driving rate in the nation, and almost half of all traffic deaths are alcohol-related.

If you or a loved one was the victim of a drunk driver, the accident attorneys at Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice will fight for your justice. We have helped numerous clients receive the maximum compensation for damages resulting from a drunk driver. Contact us today for a free evaluation.

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