Misdemeanor OWIs Are High-Stakes:
People often think that misdemeanor convictions are low-stakes. That perception could not be further from the truth. In Wisconsin, both 2nd and 3rd offense OWIs are misdemeanor violations. A misdemeanor OWI conviction on your record has far ranging consequences that may follow you for the rest of your life.
Lifetime Consequences of […]
Misdemeanor OWIs Are High-Stakes:
Governor Walking signed Senate Bill 135 into law yesterday morning. The law permanently revokes the driver’s licenses of those convicted of four or more drunk driving related offenses. The fourth offense must occur within fifteen years of the previous conviction for a drunk driving offense. If caught operating on a revoked license, drivers face up […]
March 17th is the date we observe the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day has evolved into day of celebration across the world. There is lots of fun to be had this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Check out these local events. We hope […]
Defendant’s wait longer and longer for blood test results
The Wisconsin Laboratory of Hygiene is falling further and further behind with testing blood samples for the presence of alcohol. Amy Miles, the toxicologist in charge of the State Laboratory of Hygiene blames the delays on an overload of requests and staff vacancies.
Miles reports that in 2015 […]
State Legislature to hold Public Hearing on OWI Loophole
Republican State Representative Andre Jacgue from De Pere believes a loophole needs to be closed in Wisconsin’s current OWI penalty structure. As Wisconsin law currently stands, drunk driving, boating, snowmobiling, ATV/UTV’ing are all separate offenses. This means a person could have an OWI conviction on each type […]
Wisconsin set to Strengthen 4th Offense Drunk Driving Laws
Last week the Wisconsin State Assembly voted 84-10 for Senate Bill 135, which would take away the driving privileges of 4th offense drunk drivers for 10 years. If signed into law by Governor Walker, the bill would affect nearly 40,000 Wisconsinites.
Two former law enforcement officers, Sens. Van […]
Attorney Nathan J. Dineen is one of only four attorneys in Wisconsin recognized with the ACS Forensic Lawyer Scientist Designation since being established in 2014.
With over 161,000 members, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society. The ACS recognized Attorney Dineen as one of the 45 attorneys in the country with this […]
Prescription medication has become a major factor behind the rise in OWI/DUI arrests. “Drugged Driving” is being impaired by medication while driving. Any medication that can cause you to become sleepy or slows your reaction time can increase the risk of causing an accident. Medications can hurt your ability to judge distances and speed. Warning […]
College culture is surrounded by partying and binge drinking. Today there is a new piece to that picture, opioids. FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out, is a motivation behind peer pressure and trying things that you normally are not comfortable with. Opioid use on college campuses has sharply increased since 2002. In 2015, 3,500 Americans […]
As Attorney Dineen and I represent Wisconsin citizens accused of driving while impaired across Wisconsin, we frequently interact with officers claiming to be Drug Recognition Evaluators – or DRE officers. These officers claim that based upon their training they are able to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in […]