'Impairment' Includes Driving While High

When an officer observes a car swerving across the lanes, the officer may administer a breath test that measures the driver's blood alcohol content. Drivers convicted of DUI/OWI are often required to install an ignition interlock device that detects alcohol. It is easy to assume that the criminal definition of driving while impaired only applies to alcohol. In Wisconsin, you can be charged with OWI for driving while high, and the penalties are just as serious.

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Drugged Driving: A Few Things You Should Consider

Under Wisconsin law, you can be charged with OWI if police have probable cause to believe that you had any detectable amount of marijuana in your blood. You face penalties that could include license suspension, fines and jail time — all of which can increase based on the circumstances and any criminal history.

When you are making the decision to hire an attorney, there are other factors to consider beyond even the potential consequences of an OWI conviction. Listed below are only two reasons you should have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side.

  • Implied consent law: When you get behind the wheel of a car in Wisconsin, you give implied consent to a breath, blood or urine test to determine impairment. The implied consent law does not prohibit you from refusing to submit to chemical testing, but failure to submit results in an automatic license suspension that can stay in place even if you are never convicted. You can challenge the suspension in an administrative hearing, but you have a very limited window of time. Don't forget, your refusal could also be used against you in court.
  • Additional criminal offenses: Operating a vehicle while impaired is not the only potential charge you could face. An arresting officer will likely search your vehicle. If police find any drugs, paraphernalia or other evidence of a crime, you can be charged with additional offenses, and the penalties for drug crimes are very severe.

Simply put, you need a trained professional on your side if you have been arrested or charged with drugged driving.

Stopped For Driving While High? Get Advice Immediately.

Waiting to talk to a lawyer has consequences. Contact my law office at 608-258-8529 or send me an email immediately after an arrest. We can sit down together in a free initial consultation, and discuss your case and your options.