Washington County Sheriff - WI Laws

These articles will provide a reminder and insight into many laws in Wisconins and ordinances. We hope these provide you with information on how to stay safe and learn more about our laws. For a list of all archived articles visit our Archived Articles List.

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Child passenger restraint requirements vary based on age, weight and height. Often, this happens in three stages: infants use rear-facing infant seats; toddlers use forward facing child safety seats; and older children use booster seats.

Many laws require all children to ride in the rear seat whenever possible, and most states permit children over a particular age, height or weight to use an adult safety belt. First offense fines for not complying with a state's child passenger safety laws vary from $10 to $500. Some states also use driver's license points as an additional penalty for noncompliance.

The State of Wisconsin also has further laws on which way the infant seat must face depending on age of child and weight and height.
There is a $75 fine per incident per child in the vehicle that does not meet these requirements.

Contact the Washington County WI Health Department for information and free inspection.




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Laws provide many tools to combat drunk driving. All states define drunk driving as operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Most have increased penalties for higher BACs. Specific penalties and deterrents vary from state to state.

Administrative license suspensions allow law enforcement officers to confiscate a driver's license when the driver fails a chemical test. Some states only allow this if a driver refuses to submit to a chemical test to determine BAC. Several states grant limited driving privileges – such as driving to and from work – to drivers whose license has been suspended if the driver is able to demonstrate special hardship.

Recently, more states have been adopting ignition interlock laws, which require all or a portion of convicted drunk drivers to install interlocks in their cars. These devices analyze a driver's breath and disable the engine if alcohol is detected. Other penalties include vehicle or license plate sanctions.

Alcohol exclusion laws let insurance companies deny payment for treatment of drunk drivers' injuries. However, they have had the unintended consequence of limited doctors' abilities to diagnose alcohol problems and recommend treatment. Some states have repealed such laws.
Highlights of current state drunk driving laws include the following:

Wisconsin law further imposes vehicle and license plate sanctions which include: Impoundment, vehicle seizure/forfeiture.  Wisconsin also has Open Container Laws and Repeat Offender Laws which meet Federal Requirements.  Also Wisconsin has Alcohol Exclusion Laws limiting treatment.



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Huber Law 303.08 

Any person sentenced to a County Jail for a crime, non-payment of a fine or forfeiture, or contempt of court, may be granted the permission to leave the Jail during necessary and reasonable hours for any of the following purposes:

By order of the Court, the wages or salaries of the employed prisoners shall be disbursed by the Sheriff for the following purposes, in the order stated:

Employment Restrictions:


The Sheriff may refuse to permit the prisoner to exercise the prisoner’s privilege to leave the Jail not to exceed 5 days for each breach of discipline or violation of Jail regulations.


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Information and recommendations are compiled from sources believed to be reliable. The Sheriff’s Office  makes no guarantee as to and assumes no responsibility for the correctness, sufficiency or completeness of such information or recommendations. Other or additional safety measures may be required under particular circumstances.

Last Revised: 09/14

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