Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC
No Fees Unless We Win Free Consultation
608-406-2282 866-821-1345
Serving Injured And Disabled Clients In Minnesota and Wisconsin

Wisconsin lawmaker seeks stiffer penalties for DWI deaths

A man was recently sentenced to a 90-day prison sentence due to his involvement in a fatal drunk driving accident. This sentence sparked a renewed debate on what types of sentences are appropriate for someone who commits a similar crime. If one Wisconsin state senator has her way, the minimum sentence for such a fatal car crash would be much longer.

A Republican senator from River Hills cites a case in which a 24-year-old man hit and killed a bicyclist while driving drunk after a Packers game. The 24-year-old pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 90 days in jail with work release. The senator is calling for the minimum sentence for similar crimes to be 10 years in prison. The man's attorney disagrees. He argues that his client was never in trouble before and that the sentence was appropriate.

In addition to the efforts of the senator, the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin is seeking tougher penalties for these types of accidents as well. The group is lobbying to create a law that would make it a felony to kill or injure cyclists, pedestrians and other people if the driver committed traffic violations that are considered less severe than DUI.

While 90 days may seem like a short sentence for someone who's killed another person, the family in this case has another way to seek justice against the man who took away their loved one. The victims of a wrongful death have the legal right to sue those responsible for killing their loved one. Cases such as this one can be complex. An attorney may be able to help this family determine what compensation they may be entitled to from the drunk driver.

Source: Pioneer Press, "Wisconsin: 90-day sentence in DWI death renews debate", August 10, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

The Mission Starts With A Free Consultation

We handle most cases on a contingency basis. We will not ask you to pay any fees unless we are successful in getting you compensation. If you have questions or would like to learn more about how we can help you, call us at 608-406-2282, or toll free at 866-821-1345. You can also reach us by completing our online contact form to discuss your case with an experienced La Crosse personal injury attorney.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC
123 7th St S
La Crosse, WI 54601

Toll Free: 866-821-1345
Phone: 608-406-2282
Fax: 608-784-4908
La Crosse, WI Law Office Map