Wisconsin currently does not allow for DUI checkpoints on its roadways. This means that officers cannot set up in areas where drunk driving is believed to be a problem and randomly check motorists for signs of impairment. However, this could be changing in the next legislative session.

Some legislators have promised to introduce a bill that would permit this activity throughout the state. Officials want motorists to be aware of the dangers of drunk driving, and they feel that these DUI roadblocks would cause some people to think twice before getting behind the wheel after they have been drinking.

While these efforts are slowly getting underway, that state is stepping up its enforcement of DUI on its roadways during the busy summer traveling season. More law enforcement officers will take to roads throughout the state looking for impaired drivers. Those stopped by police could find themselves facing very substantial penalties, which could even include jail time, in certain circumstances.

If you have been stopped by police, you need to be aware of what you need to do to protect yourself at this time. The officers may ask you questions about events prior to the stop, and you should be sure that you do not provide them with any evidence that they could use to continue their investigation.

You may think that you will be able to convince the officers that you only had "one or two drinks" before you were pulled over, but in reality, you actually just admitted to drinking and driving. They may request that you perform field sobriety tests, but you can refuse to participate. If you decline these tests, the officers still may have enough evidence to make an arrest.

If you are arrested, police will ask you to submit to a blood, breath or chemical test to determine if you are above Wisconsin's legal limit. If you refuse, your license will automatically be suspended, no matter what happens with your DUI case.

While you may be scared about what is going to happen, it is important that you realize that there are options available to you. You should speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney to begin building your defense to these allegations.

Your attorney will provide you with an overview of the process, which can help you understand the potential consequences you may be facing. This will allow you to regain control over these proceedings, while protecting your rights from aggressive prosecutors. Do not think that a guilty plea will end your legal troubles. They may only make the situation worse, and result in substantial consequences that could complicate your entire life.