Summer is still in swing in Wisconsin, and we still have several weeks before Labor Day weekend officially ends the summer season. That means there is still time for cook-outs, days at the lake and festivals. Alcohol is served at many of these events, and most people drink responsibly.
A Wisconsin case regarding blood draws from suspected drunk drivers that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court has recent been ruled on. The Fourth Amendment generally mandates that officers who want to have a motorist's blood drawn must receive a warrant first.
Wisconsin has many wonderful lakes, and, as the weather heats up, people will be spending more time on the water. Boating can be a relaxing activity, and it is not unusual for people to drink alcohol while on a boat. However, they should be aware that they can receive a DWI for drunk boating just like a person driving an automobile while intoxicated.
As of right now, a first-time operating while intoxicated (OWI) offense is considered a civil violation and will result in a citation. However, a bill has been introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature that would make a first-time OWI a misdemeanor. Under the bill, if convicted on a first-time OWI, a person could have their record expunged if they did not commit a subsequent OWI for five years. The newly-elected Governor Tony Evers has stated he is open to the idea of criminalizing a first-time OWI.