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A DUI in Waukesha May Result in Different Penalties than Other Counties in Wisconsin

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Waukesha Criminal Defense Lawyers Help Your Understand Drunk Driving Consequences in Wisconsin

Consequences for DUI charges in Wisconsin vary from county to county, so when facing DUI charges in Waukesha you want the best criminal defense lawyers representing you. Suppose a drunk driver gets pulled over for a DUI in Waukesha and another drunk driver gets pulled over for the same reason in Milwaukee county. Both drivers are charged with the same drunk driving offense, have the same history and have the exact same blood alcohol levels. They might receive the same sentencing, but it is more likely they will not. Several counties are similar in the way they prosecute and sentence offenders of Wisconsin drunk driving cases, but many counties are different. One difference between a DUI in Waukesha and drunk driving charges in another county is the outcome of jail time or home arrest/electronic monitoring.

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All jurisdictions are strict in their drunk driving enforcement, and the Milwaukee DUI lawyers at Grieve Law understand Wisconsin's DUI laws extensively. In many counties defendants can expect stiff jail sentences with little to no hope of home arrest or electronic monitoring. It is possible a defendant facing his 3rd drunk driving offense could serve less time in jail than a person facing their 2nd drunk driving offense in the adjacent county. This does not necessarily mean the third time offender’s sentence will be shorter, but they may be allowed to serve the sentence out at home, rather than jail.

We have seen an increasing trend of convicted drunk drivers being placed on electronic monitoring rather than becoming temporary residents of the county jail. This makes sense from the perspective of the counties and department of corrections. It frees up space in the jails for more serious offenders, like repeat felony offenders and violent criminals, and it also saves the county and tax payers money. Whether or not a more widespread adoption of this will occur, only time will tell. You can continue to expect to see different outcomes and justice from county to county for DUI charges in Wisconsin.

Contact our Waukesha criminal defense attorneys for a free legal consultation.


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By: Attorney Tom Grieve on 03/06/2020

Tom Grieve is a former prosecutor who now runs a successful Wisconsin criminal defense law firm with offices in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Madison. If are facing new charges initial phone consultations are free: contact online or call 262-786-7100.

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