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What can happen if you are caught driving drunk?

Drunk driving is a serious issue in Wisconsin. In fact, it is deadly, killing people every year. Most often, the victims are innocent people. Getting behind the wheel when you are drunk is a huge mistake. Not only could you hurt someone but it is also very possible that you will get caught. If you are caught, you face some serious consequences. According to the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation, if convicted of a DUI, you could lose your license, go to prison and pay huge fines.

The legal consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol include having your license revoked. This means you cannot legally drive. The amount of time it is suspended varies, but it can have far-reaching effects. For example, if you cannot drive to work, then you could lose your job. It may affect your home life, too, as your loved ones will have to drive you around, which may cause bad feelings. 

You also may face huge fines. Again, this can lead to other issues in your life. Trying to pay the fines can cause a financial burden and lead to troubles at home. 

The law also requires that you install an ignition interlock device if your blood alcohol content is higher than .15 percent. This costs you more money on top of the fines and is an inconvenience for anyone else driving your vehicle. 

Finally, you could go to prison. Being locked up takes away your freedom. It can lead to job loss and family troubles. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

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