Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)
Every person knows that he or she is responsible for his or her actions on the road. Most people also understand that what they do behind the wheel affects others on the road. The moment someone consumes any amount of alcohol or drugs that leads to intoxication and proceeds to get behind a wheel, he or she can be charged with OWI or operating while intoxicated.
Of course, people above the age of 21 are legally allowed to consume and purchase alcohol in Wisconsin. If the driver is above 18 years of age, he or she will be treated harsher than an individual less than 18 years of age. Drivers who are not at least 21 years of age are expected to remain completely sober at all times.
In a blood alcohol content (or BAC) test, a driver should not be found with a .08 or greater alcohol level. If a driver is caught with a BAC at this level or higher, he or she is considered to be under the influence or intoxicated. In cases where the driver is under the influence of substances other than alcohol, he or she may be tested for controlled substances in the blood.
Any person who cannot operate a vehicle due to impairment is considered to be “under the influence”. A person becomes impaired when he or she consumes alcohol or drugs that have passed the limits set by the state of Wisconsin.
If you or someone you know has been charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI) in the state of Wisconsin, contact the Lake Geneva car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.