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Know what to do if you're pulled over by the police

It is important for someone who is pulled over for reckless driving to make sure they don't go on to face a DUI. Sometimes, people drive dangerously not because they are intoxicated but instead because they were distracted.

If you have any alcohol in your bloodstream, then it's possible that you could face charges in the case of being pulled over. An officer can ask to take your breath sample if you drive recklessly. Then, the officer might decide to arrest you even if you don't have a BAC over the legal limit.

DUI defense: Know your right to an attorney

Drunk drivers know that they're not as in control of their vehicles as they would be while sober, but people still make the mistake of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. It's a tragic offense to make since that simple error could result in a crash, injuries and fatalities.

The good news is that drunk-driving crashes have reduced over time thanks to efforts from groups such as MADD and government agencies. Even better are the ride-sharing services and local bus lines that make it simpler to get where you need to go without taking your own vehicle.

What penalties will you face after DUI arrest?

Seeing flashing lights in your rearview mirror after a night out with friends may be your worst nightmare. Even worse is when they arrest you for driving under the influence. Now that you have been arrested, what penalties will you face? This post will look at the different penalties for a first, second and third DUI.

 

Can you face charges if your pet attacks someone?

Criminal defense cases tend to focus on things like assault or murder, DUIs or drug charges. However, there are times when you could face serious penalties for something as simple as your dog attacking another person or animal.

In Pennsylvania, the first time a dog attacks gives the victim a right to file a complaint in District Court. The District Court can then determine if the owner is guilty of a misdemeanor. The misdemeanor is likely if the prosecution is able to prove that the dog attacked a human without provocation. It is also possible if you can show that the dog has the likelihood of attacking domestic animals or humans. This can be proven with records of a single severe injury.

Man moves home 8 years following divorce due to cancer

Sometimes, divorces tear people apart. Other times, the time separated can lead to reconciliation years later. Take, for example, a news article about a man who had been divorced from his ex-wife for eight years before finding out he had brain cancer.

At that stage, his ex-wife started to take care of him. She took over providing him with medications, taking him to doctor's visits and even going to support groups with him. Many don't understand why she would do this, but she put it simply: The man is the father to her children, and he's part of their lives.

What can you expect after getting a DUI?

Most states, including Pennsylvania, takes driving under the influence of alcohol very seriously, Because of this, the consequences can be severe. If you find yourself facing DUI charges, here is what you can expect.

This post will look at what to expect if this is your first DUI. It should be known that the penalties are more severe if you receive a second or third DUI charge.

What to expect at DUI checkpoints in Pennsylvania

Drivers in Pennsylvania should expect more delays while traveling this fall because DUI sobriety checkpoints will be growing in numbers.

According to Public Opinion, state police will increase DUI sobriety checkpoints throughout September to target intoxicated drivers. The local authorities will focus roads with a high volume of DUI arrests and crashes.

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:

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