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The Campbell County Sheriff's Office is one of the few counties in Wyoming that receives state funding to pay police officers. Campbell County also has one of the highest annual DWUI arrest rates in all of Wyoming.
Depending on how you interpret the results, this could mean Campbell County has more impaired drivers than other parts of Wyoming, or that police have stepped up enforcement efforts.
In 2016, DWUIs accounted for 45% of Campbell County arrests. The state average was 24%.
One reason for the high DWUI arrest rate in Campbell County is that it is one of the only counties in Wyoming that receives state funding to pay officers during shifts when DWUI arrests are common. During those shifts, some officers are dedicated to pursuing drivers who are driving while under the influence, while other officers respond to other types of calls.
One could also argue that Campbell County needed the additional funds to pay police officers because there are more impaired drivers in Campbell County than in other parts of the state. For example, in 2018, half of the DWUI arrests in Campbell County involved people whose Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was .15% or higher. The legal limit to be charged with DWUI in Wyoming is .08%.
In addition to state funding, the Gillette Police Department receives additional funding to target drivers who are driving while under influence, particularly during the summer months when people are travelling to the numerous events in the area.
In 2016 Campbell County launched a dedicated DWUI court that is intended to provide comprehensive support and assistance for people struggling with addiction. The program is available to people who have been convicted of their third DWUI offense.
In 2017, the Campbell County Sheriff's office started a sobriety program that requires third time DWUI offenders to take a portable breath test every 12 hours as a requirement of their probation. The test measures whether they have consumed any alcohol in the last 12 hours.
If you or someone you care about is facing Wyoming DWUI charges, it’s important that you seek help as quickly as possible. The dedicated team of DWUI defense professionals at Just Criminal Law. will work hard to protect your rights, investigate the evidence against you, and ultimately assist you in making an informed decision about the best way to resolve your case.
Wyoming DWUI defense attorney Christina L. Williams is a former prosecutor who has spent her entire career in the courtroom. She will use her strategies and tactics to fight for your rights, whether that’s negotiating an early plea bargain, or taking your case to trial.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this article is offered for educational purposes only. This information is not offered as legal advice. A person accused of a crime should always consult with an attorney before making decisions that have legal consequences.