If you cause injury to others while driving under the influence, a judge may order you to remain in police custody until your next court date or release you on your own recognizance, which means that you’ll post bail and return to your daily life until your court date.
Drunk Driving Causing Injury: What You Need to Know
Wisconsin law is very serious about drunk driving, and the state has serious penalties for people convicted of operating under the influence and driving under the influence.
If you’ve caused injury to another person while driving drunk, here’s what you need to know:
1. Your judge will revoke your driver’s license for at least 24 months.
2. Getting back your license after revocation isn’t easy. You will have to pay reinstatement fees and a renewal fee, and if the judge has sentenced you to driver reeducation, you must furnish proof of successful completion at the DMV.
3. The court may sentence you to outpatient counseling or inpatient treatment at a rehab facility.
4. Depending on how severe the victim’s injuries are, a judge could revoke your license for life.
5. Your judge may require you to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. You will be responsible for the IID’s cost.
What to Do if You’re Arrested for Drunk Driving Causing Injury
If Wisconsin police arrest you for drunk driving causing injury to one or more other people, the first thing you should do is call a Milwaukee DUI attorney.
Make sure your attorney is with you before you answer investigators’ questions. Your lawyer will be on your side and ensure that your rights are preserved – and he or she might advise you to stay quiet until you’ve had a chance to speak privately. That is your right, and it’s important that you use it.