Wisconsin Woman Charged Arrested After Driving Drunk with 6-Month-Old Infantby Gamino Law Offices on 07/12/13
An OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) charge in Wisconsin can carry serious penalties for those convicted. Even a first-time drunk driving charge can lead to driver’s license suspension, expensive fines, and subjection to alcohol assessment evaluations. Although a First Offense Wisconsin OWI doesn’t usually result in imprisonment, if the incident was severe enough, the accused driver may receive a jail sentence for the crime.
Imprisonment is exactly what one Racine woman is facing after being accused of a serious drunk driving offense. The suspect was arrested last month for driving under the influence but what makes this crime much more serious is the fact that she was driving intoxicated with a baby in the vehicle.
According to police reports, the suspect, a 24-year-old woman, was pulled over shortly after midnight on Wednesday, June 26, in Racine by Wisconsin State Patrol. When troopers approached her, they suspected she was under the influence and asked her to perform several field sobriety tests to determine her level of intoxication.
The woman failed the sobriety tests and refused blood testing, which in Wisconsin, results in automatic driver’s license revocation – even for a first OWI offense – because of the state’s Implied Consent Law.
Although drivers have a right to refuse blood, breath and urine testing in Wisconsin after being suspected of intoxicated driving, because of the fact that there was a 6-month-old infant in the car at the time of the traffic stop, officers obtained a search warrant for a blood test to determine her exact level of intoxication.
Drunk driving charges like this one can result in a lifetime of negative consequences for those convicted, according to Attorney Carlos Gamino, even long after administrative and criminal penalties are carried out. Convicted OWI offenders can lose their jobs, experience difficulty obtaining new employment and may even lose certain civil rights.
If you were arrested for OWI in Wisconsin, you have a right to seek legal help. Contact the Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers at Gamiño Law Offices, LLC today to protect your rights and secure the most favorable outcome for your case.