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OWI + 1ST TIME = CRIMINAL CHARGE?

OWI + 1ST TIME = CRIMINAL CHARGE?

A pair of Republican lawmakers in Madison say they expect some pushback on their idea to make drunk driving a crime from the start in Wisconsin.  State Representative Jim Ott and state Senator Alberta Darling yesterday started work to make a first time OWI conviction a misdemeanor.  Right now, it’s treated as a civil matter. 

But, a number of other Republican lawmakers are critical of the action.  They’re worried that a criminal conviction for drunk driving would be too tough. 

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