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Traffic Offenses in Wisconsin That Could Land You in Jail

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New Berlin Criminal Defense AttorneySeeing the flashing lights of a police cruiser pulling up behind you is never a fun event. Most of the time, drivers in Wisconsin are pulled over for simple traffic infractions like speeding or not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign. However, in some cases, the traffic offense is much more serious and could lead to your arrest and even jail time. In addition to Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), there are other traffic offenses that could leave you with a criminal record. If you are charged with any of the following offenses, it is best to contact an experienced attorney who can take on your case.

Serious Consequences for Traffic Offenses

If you accumulate enough minor traffic offenses, you may eventually face criminal charges and even a revoked license. However, the following offenses are considered criminal, with much more serious consequences:

Reckless driving – Beyond mere speeding, this charge can include excessive speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and any other vehicle operations that put others in danger.

Not pulling over – If you do see those flashing lights behind you, it is best to pull over to the side of the road as soon as it is safe to. If you ignore a police officer, you could face charges for fleeing or eluding.

Hit-and-run – Drivers are required to stop and exchange information after even minor vehicle accidents. Unless the accident is very minor, you and the other driver must stay at the scene of the accident and wait for police to arrive and file an accident report. If you choose to leave the scene of an accident or do not even stop in the first place, you can be charged with a hit-and-run.

Suspended license – Knowingly driving on a suspended or revoked license can result in criminal charges.

Unauthorized borrowing – You could face criminal charges if you take someone else’s car without permission, even from a family member or friend, even if you were not trying to steal it.

Contact a Waukesha County Traffic Crimes Lawyer

If you have been charged with any of the offenses above, or any other traffic offense, it is time to call an experienced New Berlin traffic offenses attorney at Wolff & Sonderhouse, LLP. Not only is your driver’s license at risk, but you are at risk of severe fines and jail time. Our attorneys will learn the details of your case and organize a defense to avoid the serious consequences that you are faced with. Call us today at 262-232-6699 to schedule a free consultation.

Source:

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/document/statutes/346.61

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