New OWI Laws proposed in Wisconsin

The proposed new OWI laws intend to make it tougher on multiple offenders and those who injure someone when operating while impaired.  Unfortunately, Wisconsin’s mandatory penalty system needlessly removes charging and sentencing discretion from both the state and court.  While mandatory penalties provide certainty, not all OWI offenses are equal.  Each case does not neatly fit into the sentencing scheme.  Cookie cutter justice for everyone is not necessarily justice for all.  Wisconsin should return to a system that gives the State and Court discretion in both charging and sentencing.