In the state of Wisconsin, the police aren’t allowed to set up OWI checkpoints over the holidays. However, they often do put out additional patrols during times that they believe drunk drivers will be out. Here’s what you need to know about these extra patrols, as well as what to do if you’re pulled over under suspicion of drunk driving (and when to call a Wisconsin OWI attorney).
When Do Police Put Out Additional Patrols for OWI in Wisconsin?
Under Wisconsin law, police may put out additional patrols for OWI if they have probable cause to believe that drivers are operating while intoxicated. This often happens around the holidays, including Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day – all summer occasions where many people picnic and enjoy themselves with alcohol involved.
Related: Wisconsin’s legal limits for drinking and driving
What to Do if You’re Pulled Over for Drunk Driving in Wisconsin
If you are pulled over for drunk driving in Wisconsin, the best thing to do is to cooperate with the police officer. This means providing your license and registration when asked, and answering any questions truthfully. It is important to remember that you have the right to remain silent, and you should exercise this right if the police officer starts asking questions about what you have been drinking or where you were coming from.
If the police officer asks you to step out of the vehicle, you should do so. Once you are out of the vehicle, the officer may ask you to perform field sobriety tests. These tests are voluntary, and you have the right to refuse them. However, if you do refuse the tests, the officer may arrest you anyway.
If you are arrested for drunk driving, you will be taken to the police station and asked to take a chemical test. You have the right to refuse this test, but if you do, your license will be automatically suspended.
Related: What you need to know about field sobriety testing
Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Being Pulled Over for OWI?
If you were pulled over during an OWI stop, we may be able to help you. Call our office right away at 414-383-6700 to schedule your free consultation. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you get the best possible outcome in your case.