Wisconsin motorists who have been charged with a DUI for the first time may have been caught off-guard. Some drivers may not be fully aware that they are driving while intoxicated. State law constitutes anyone who operates a vehicle with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 percent or above as legally intoxicated. Depending on body weight and tolerance, however, some drinkers may be able to reach that blood alcohol content and still feel it within their ability to drive.
Those who are charged with a first-time DUI will face harsh consequences if they don’t appear in court, according to a bill proposed by a republican representative. In addition to paying DUI fines, the bill states that people who fail to appear would be required to pay a surcharge of $300. The bill also states that people could be arrested and would be automatically found guilty of the DUI charge. This means that, even if people are innocent, they could find themselves with a DUI on their record.