First Wisconsin Attorney appointed as Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor - Tracey Wood
First Attorney appointed to National College for DUI Defense Board of Regents - Tracey Wood
Challenging Prior OWI Conviction, author Attorney Tracey Wood
PAC stands for "prohibited alchol concentration" levels. A prohibited alcohol concentration level violation is separate and apart from an OWI - operating while under the influence - intoxicated. The state of Wisconsin sets the legal limit (now .08) at which a person is considered to be legally drunk (provided that the results are accurate). If a person's test results prove a greater concentration of alcohol in the bloodstream than .08 (BAC), then the evidence "shows on its face" that the person is legally drunk, hence in violation of the "prohibited alcohol concentration" laws of Wisconsin.
BAC versus PAC
Blood Alcohol Concentration versus prohibited alcohol concentration
Blood alcohol concentration (BAC laws) levels are the results of a test, whereas prohibited alcohol concentration (PAC) is the level at which legislation determines a person is legally drunk. Previously, Wisconsin laws prohibited any person with an alcohol concentration level of .10 or greater from driving. Those laws have changed. Today, the maximum alcohol concentration level allowable for a driver is .08 absent any other factors such as prior convictions.
Upon conviction, a Wisconsin Circuit Court imposes penalties. That process is called sentencing. Wisconsin's sentencing guidelines provide a court (judge) with a generalized framework for penalties, however courts can (and almost always do) provide harsher sentences than provided in the sentencing guidelines.
DUI Defense Lawyers
Attorney Chris Van Wagner & Attorney Tracey Wood have
tried thousands of drunk driving cases ranging from first offense
non-criminal drunk driving cases to fifth and subsequent felony drunk
driving cases. Attorney Tracey Wood is regarded by many as Wisconsin's
foremost authority on drunk driving law, and she is often sought out by
other lawyers for her expertise. As Chris Van Wagner says, "Attorney
Wood doesn't get caught off guard. She knows the law, every bit of the
Regardless of the charges against you, the attorneys at
Van Wagner & Wood will defend you. The areas defined below are for
your convenience in determining if the area where you live is one that
the attorneys frequently appear. You will note that the areas are separated
by geographic location; the attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood tend to
frequently appear in these courts.
Drunk Driving (OWI, DUI, DWI)
Wisconsin's foremost authority on drunk driving laws,
Attorney Tracey Wood, consults with lawyers and law firms throughout the
United States to help them build successful strategies for very complex
cases. In Wisconsin, Attorney Wood most frequently represents people located
in Madison (Dane County), Richland Center (Richland County), La Crosse
(La Crosse County), Jefferson (Jefferson County), Wisconsin Dells (Columbia
County and Sauk County), Stevens Point (Portage County), Dodgeville and
Mineral Point (Iowa County), Portage (Columbia County) and Montello (Marquette
Sexual Assault & Sex Crimes
Van Wagner & Wood's attorneys represent people in
matters involving sex crimes such as sexual assault, aggravated assault,
computer crimes involving pornography, child pornography, and solicitation.
Their clients often reside in Dane (Madison, Middleton, Monona, Fitchburg),
Green (Monroe), Lafayette (Darlington), Dodge (Beaver Dam, Waupun), Portage
(Stevens Point), Wood (Wisconsin Rapids), Sauk (Wisconsin Dells), Columbia
(Columbus), Richland (Richland Center) and Juneau (Mauston) area.
Recently, Attorney Christopher T. Van Wagner won an outright
acquittal in a case involving multiple counts of sexual abuse (sexual
assault and sex with a child and sex with the same child) in Crawford
County Wisconsin. The DA in that case delayed the trial by filing a motion
at the last moment and trying to make it impossible for the defense to
prepare a response. The DA also promised mounds of medical evidence to
prove sexual assault and over the course of a week-long trial presented
that evidence. Emotions were high in the small town of Prairie du Chien
when Attorney Chris Van Wagner asked the jury to set the emotional aspects
of the case aside and look to the facts that were presented. The jury
acquitted the Crawford man on all counts.