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Can you trick a Breathalyzer or ignition interlock device?

There are many people who believe that there are ways to fool a Breathalyzer or ignition interlock device (IID) into thinking they're sober. The reality is that it's extremely difficult to do so, and you're actually more likely to be able to trick it into thinking you're drunk.

Tricking a device isn't easy, and there are a few reasons why. Here's what you should know about the popular myth that you can trick a Breathalyzer or ignition interlock device when you need to.

Does a DUI affect a teen or minor?

As a parent, the last thing you want to do is to receive a call from the police stating that your child has been arrested for drunk driving. Your teen isn't old enough to drink legally, and you've had discussions about the seriousness of driving under the influence.

The reality is that teens make mistakes, but those mistakes can threaten their futures. Getting an underage DUI has many implications, including parents learning that their minor child is drinking illegally.

What really happens after you are charged with a DUI?

Being charged with a DUI has serious consequences. The charge could result in heavy fines and even jail time in some cases. But what people sometimes do not think about are the other, long term and non-legal consequences of a DUI charge. These can be just as harsh and generally have a large impact on your future.

Here are three other consequences you can suffer after a DUI charge:

A parenting agreement will help you after your divorce

Once your divorce is in the past, you have the opportunity to change your life for the better in the future.

If you have at least one child with your ex-spouse, you need to create a parenting agreement during the divorce process. With this in place, both parents understand what they can and can't do in the future.

Drunk driving charges bring permanent consequences

This month will make the first anniversary of a horrific triple-fatality crash in Bethel Park. Police attributed the deadly collision to drunk driving and speeding.

There was just a single survivor from the one-car collision on Library Road that occurred one hot July night last summer. Three young women had been out bar-hopping on Pittsburgh's south side and then stopped to pick up a fourth companion.

Why reasonable suspicion is important in DUI cases

If you require defense for a DUI case, one of the most important aspects in the process is the officer’s role. The cop is the one that pulled you over to begin with, but what reason did the cop have for doing so? While Pennsylvania cops do not require a warrant to stop you and search your vehicle, they do require probable cause.

Probable cause means they have sufficient reasoning to search your car or arrest you. However, they need reasonable suspicion to stop you in the first place. If the cop is unsuccessful in providing justification for the stop, it could potentially save you from most of the consequences of a DUI charge.

How should you ask for a prenuptial agreement?

Once you find the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, it's hard to think about the divorce process. Even so, you need to consider the fact that things can go wrong in the future.

There are many ways to protect yourself upfront, such as through the creation of a prenuptial agreement.

DUI checkpoints set up preceding the Fourth of July

Gearing up to Fourth of July, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (DOT) and other law enforcement are rolling out DUI checkpoints across the state. According to CBS Pittsburgh, the checkpoints will continue through July 5.

The agencies are trying to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel and ultimately causing vehicle accidents. A member of the DOT stated that in 2017, police officers were called to more than 530 crashes that involved impaired drivers in the two weeks before Independence Day.

Understanding field sobriety tests and the impact on a DUI charge

Field sobriety tests are used by police officers to help determine if a person is under the influence of alcohol.

While not always the case, the use of a breathalyzer test typically comes after one or more field sobriety test.

Getting Around Following a DUI Conviction

Although it may be tempting to drive with a suspended license after your DUI, it simply is not worth it. Penalties for driving under suspension include a $500 fine plus mandatory jail time of 60 to 90 days because the original offense causing revocation was alcohol-related.

If you are under the influence of alcohol and caught driving with a suspended license, the penalties are stiffer. You may end up in jail for two years and fined up to $5,000, face further periods of revocation, or have your vehicle impounded.

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