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Series on Drunk Driving October 22, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Drunk Driving.
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If you haven’t read the Journal Sentinel these past few days you are missing out on a good five part series on drinking in Wisconsin.

Tuesday’s article talked about Wisconsin’s lax drunk driving laws.  You can get a sense of my opinion on this topic by checking out my tag cloud over on the bottom right of my blog. 

Listen to this.  I hope you are as shocked as 

In 1999, the maximum penalty for a fifth offense translated to 40 months in prison.  After that, it changed to a three-year prison term with the possibility of three more years for those who break the law again.  But in Milwaukee County, no five-time drunken driver received the maximum, the Journal Sentinel found.

So, if a 5 time drunk driver doesn’t get the maximum then who will?  The reports talks about how sentencing varied widely between judges.  In short some judges are more liberal and some are more conservative when it comes to sentencing. 

I don’t want to cut and past the entire article here.   I hope you’ll read it and keep pressure on our legislators to make a change in the right direction.  


 Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Marinette, Milwaukee, Milton and Wauwatosa.


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