If you are convicted of driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, you could face serious consequences, even if this is your first DUI offense. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the level of your blood alcohol content plus any prior DUI convictions you have are taken into account when determining your penalties.
Anyone can avoid a drunk driving arrest by simply refraining from driving after they drink alcohol. However, avoiding the temptation to drive drunk -- and avoiding situations where you misjudge whether your blood alcohol level is below .08 percent -- is not always so simple.
With patrols actively looking for suspected drunk drivers this Thanksgiving said to be stepping up, it is important for you or anyone you ride with to be aware of some basic elements of a drunk driving arrest. One thing that an officer is likely to do is to have a driver perform one or more of the standardized field sobriety tests.
Many people in Pennsylvania may well be used to public notices or campaigns about getting a designated driver or not drinking if they are driving over holidays. However, it is not just holidays like New Year's Day or the Fourth of July that are capturing the attention of public advocacy groups and law enforcement agencies. Thanksgiving has been designated a prime danger when it comes to drinking and driving and that had led Pennsylvania law enforcement to take action.
When your teenager is charged with a DUI, you may wonder what will happen. Underage drinking and driving falls under zero-tolerance laws in Pennsylvania. We at the Marinaro Law Firm understand it is important for you to know what this means for your teenager.
For many people, celebrating holidays and consuming alcoholic beverages go hand in hand. Office parties, costume parties and even family get-togethers can inspire people to down a few beers, glasses of wine or cocktails. Unfortunately, this way of celebrating the holiday season, from Halloween to New Years Eve, can result in traffic collisions.
If you have been stopped and arrested for suspected drunk driving in Pennsylvania , your ability to maintain the right to drive may be among your top concerns. This is a valid issue to be worried about as not being able to drive can make it very hard for you to get to work or otherwise maintain your life. While you may lose your license for some time depending upon your situation, you may also have the ability to regain driving privileges by installing an ignition interlock device.
If you have experienced the full process of being arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, you may well not only feel scared but even potentially helpless. You might have taken field sobriety tests as well as breath or blood tests. The results of these tests would all be used in the case against you. However, before you give up hope and assume that there is no way you can fight the charges against you, think again.
The war on drunk driving is heating up in Pennsylvania it seems. While certainly the need to keep people safe is important and something nobody would disagree with, there is also the need to be fair to all parties. Now the state has stepped up its penalties for drivers convicted of some driving under the influence charges and the move is said to be in line with virtually every other state in the nation.
Drivers across Pennsylvania should take notice of a new law that has gone into effect increasing punishments for first-time DUI offenders. According to WITF, Pennsylvania will join the ranks of 48 other states that mandate ignition interlock devices be installed on the vehicles of those convicted of drunk driving.