Alcohol Violations

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...AND THE CONSEQUENCES

Information brought to you by the University Police Department

Alcohol violations on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus are one of the most common situations dealt with by University Police.  University officers do not normally issue ''warnings'' for underage drinking violations. If you are under the age of 21 and are involved in anything that attracts the attention of a police officer, after drinking alcohol, you will most likely be arrested and issued a citation. There are situations where an alcohol violation may be a factor in an investigation, but the crime committed is more important than pursuing an alcohol violation (i.e. sexual assault, domestic abuse, etc.). However the majority of contacts by the University Police with underage drinkers have to do with loud music, disorderly conduct, suspicious behavior, damaging property, personal injury, accidents, and driving violations.

Unfortunately police are also seeing an increase in the number of young drivers, under the age of 21, being arrested after drinking.  Wisconsin has an Absolute Sobriety statute which states that anyone under the age of 21 cannot have any alcohol in his/her blood when driving or operating a motor vehicle. If the driver's alcohol concentration is .08 or higher, the driver/operator will probably be arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

Possession or consumption:

1st Offense

$263.50

Driver's license could be suspended

2nd Offense w/in 1 yr

$389.50

Driver's license will be suspended

3rd Offense w/in 1 yr

$515.50

Driver's license will be suspended

4th Offense w/in 1 yr

$767.50

Driver's license will be suspended

When you are on a licensed premises (i.e.: any bar or tavern):

1st Offense

$452.50

Driver's license could be suspended

2nd Offense w/in 1 yr

$515.50

Driver's license will be suspended

3rd Offense w/in 1 yr

$767.50

Driver's license will be suspended

(Multiple violations within a one year period will result in a higher fine and license suspension or revocation of 1–2 years.)

Open intoxicants in the vehicle

Passenger

$200.50

 

Driver

$263.50

 

Transporting intoxicants in a vehicle

 

$263.50

Possible 30–90 day suspension

OMVI- Operating Under The Influence of Alcohol or Other Drugs (including prescription or over the counter medications)

1st Offense

$817.50

6–9 month license suspension

If passenger under 16 yrs in vehicle

CRIME

12–18 month license suspension

**2nd Offense w/in 5 yrs

CRIME

 

If passenger under 16 yrs in vehicle

CRIME... stiffer penalties

 

**3rd Offense w/in 10 yrs

CRIME

 

If passenger under 16 yrs in vehicle

FELONY

 

Absolute Sobriety under 21 yrs

$389.50

Mandatory 90 days license suspension

If passenger under 16 yrs in vehicle

CRIME

6 month license suspension

Commercial Motor Vehicle

Operate a commercial motor vehicle with a BAC
of .04 or more, but less than .10: 1st violation

$817.50

Operate a CMV while having a BAC above 0.0
or possessing an alcoholic beverage

$150.10

These fines do not include attorney fees, alcohol/drug assessment, driver safety plan, license reinstatement, and higher insurance premiums which can make the cost for a first offense OWI about $3,000. Second offense can be as much as $5,000.

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Police: Contact Information

Contact Information

Officer On Duty
24 Hours A Day

For Emergency Calls, dial 9-1-1.

For non-emergency calls, contact:

University Police Office
134 Brigham Hall
Tel: 608.342.1584
Fax: 608.342.1641
E-mail: police@uwplatt.edu

Office Hours:
Monday–Friday: 7:30–11 a.m., and
noon–4 p.m., excluding holidays

AFTER HOURS

For after-hours non-emergency calls, contact:

University Police Office
Tel: 608.342.1584

Platteville Police Dispatch
Tel: 608.348.2313

For additional information and other after hours options, visit the University Police Contact Information page.

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