Fines for first-offense OWI can be up to $1,000 in Wisconsin, but deterrence effect uncertain

  • by: Associated Press
  • Updated: April 20, 2014 - 5:20 PM

OSHKOSH, Wis. — The fine for a first drunken-driving offense, including court costs and surcharges, can be as high as $1,000 in places like Winnebago County. But industry experts are questioning whether such heavy fines serve as effective deterrents.

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