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Tougher OWI Penalties on the Horizon?

Posted by Daniel Norland | Sep 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

A recent proposed bill to the Wisconsin Assembly would have increased consequences for some people convicted of multiple drunk drivings. In recent years the legislature has steadily increased drunk driving penalties. A new bill would permanently revoke the driver's license of any person convicted of a fourth offense drunk driving. It would also permanently revoke the driver's license of any person convicted of a second drunk driving who also were convicted of two or more additional serious crimes involving a vehicle. It is unclear what "serious crimes involving a vehicle" means exactly.

Repeat drunk driving is a huge problem in Wisconsin. In 2015 1/3 of the state-wide drunk driving convictions were for repeat offenders. A daily look at the news shows what a problem this can be. See here and here for evidence of that. 

What do you think? Is a permanent license revocation in addition to existing penalties enough? Is it too much? Feel free to weigh in below, but also contact your local Assembly Representative to let them know your thoughts. 

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Daniel Norland

I received my Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in December 2006. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Law School in 2010 and chose to move back to the Coulee Region to begin my legal career. I decided to open my own law practice and have never regre...


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