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When it comes to drunk driving arrests, most Wisconsin residents know about Breathalyzer tests and the fact that a test result that renders a .08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) will usually result in an immediate arrest. However, Breathalyzer tests are not always accurate, and they can often get thrown out in court so they can't be used as evidence against the victim.

As such, a police officer will try to gather more evidence against a defendant by taking notes about his or her appearance and behavior, and by subjecting the defendant to a field sobriety test.

A field sobriety test involves police officers taking a driver through a series of tests. Police will ask the diver to perform different tasks and judge the person's ability to successfully complete those tasks. Video footage and evidence gathered during the field sobriety test will then be used against the defendant during his or her criminal proceedings.


Most people who have had a little bit to drink will err on the side of caution and take an Uber home or ask a friend to give them a ride. What happens if you're somewhere in the middle, and you're not sure if you've had too much to drink? What if you're trying to determine if your friend has had too much to drink before letting him or her drive you home?

Whenever you're not sure of how drunk you or your friends are, it's safest to take an alternate way home and avoid driving altogether. That said, here are a couple methods you might want to use for evaluating the state of someone's intoxication:



Have you ever wondered what factors could affect your blood alcohol content (BAC) levels? There are many things that can interfere with the percentage concentration of alcohol in your bloodstream after you've drunk an alcoholic beverage. In some cases, such factors could cause two people who drank the same amount of alcohol to render different BAC levels when taking a Breathalyzer test.

Here are a few things that could be contributing factors to varying Breathalyzer test results between two individuals who drank the same amount of alcohol during the same period of time.

  • Your age: The older you are, the more you'll be affected by the intoxicating effects of alcoholic beverages. In this respect, you might have the same amount of alcohol in your blood as your younger counterpart, but you exhibit more signs of inebriation.
  • Your sex: Men tend to show fewer signs of inebriation and will have a lower BAC than women after consuming the same amount of alcohol. This is because men tend to have more water in their blood than women.
  • The strength of the drinks: Maybe you both had three gin and tonics, but your friend drank two made by a different bartender who mixed the drink with more alcohol.
  • Fat and muscle content: Overweight people may have higher BACs based on the amount of alcohol they consume compared to their muscle-bound counterparts. This is because fat doesn't absorb alcohol very well but muscle does. When it comes to drinking, size doesn't matter as much as how much muscle you happen to have on your bones.

These are just a few factors that can affect your BAC after drinking alcoholic beverages. There are many more. At the end of the day, it's important to remember that you should never drive after consuming any amount of alcohol. Otherwise, you run a higher risk needing to defend yourself against drunk driving allegations in court.

When it comes to the various ways you can get from A to B, human beings have a lot of options. You could hop on a bicycle, a skateboard, a jet ski, a unicycle, a golf cart – and even a riding lawn mower – if you wanted to. The thing is, even though these vehicles are not automobiles, when you operate them, you must follow the rules of the road. As such, you can get arrested for drunk driving a lawn mower in Wisconsin. In fact, this is exactly what happened to a man in Pennsylvania.

According to police, a 55-year-old man was driving his lawn mower with an open beer can during the early morning hours. Police further alleged that the man smelled of alcohol and when they searched the storage compartment of his lawn mower, they found an empty beer can. The man claimed he was riding the lawn mower to his home, which was six miles away.

It's important to note that Wisconsin residents could also find themselves in trouble with the law for operating a riding mower while intoxicated. For that matter, operating any kind of vehicle while drunk on the open road, motorized or not, would represent a legal violation.


Defendants in Wisconsin who have been accused of drunk driving will have various criminal defense strategies available to them. However, only certain methodologies will apply to any given case depending on the facts and evidence being presented by the prosecution, and depending on the potential punishments involved.

That said, here are three common defense strategies used by lawyers in Wisconsin:

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