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Pittsburgh drunk driving: Q and A

Law enforcement officers in the city of Pittsburgh are constantly on the lookout for individuals who are driving while impaired. Drunk driving can carry significant penalties if one is ultimately convicted -- particularly for repeat offenders. Anyone charged with DUI is likely to have a lot of questions. This week's column will answer some of the most commonly asked questions.

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.

Pleading guilty in a drunk driving case may be the right move

When facing DUI charges in Pennsylvania or elsewhere, knowing the right legal steps to take can be a challenge. It is okay to want to fight to protect oneself. Sometimes, the best way to fight a drunk driving charge is to plead guilty. How can that be?

Driver who crashed into house charged with drunk driving

A young man was driving his car near Manchester Township when he crashed it into a home. Pennsylvania police were called to the scene and the driver arrested for drunk driving and other criminal offenses. The potential penalties if he is convicted can have long-lasting consequences, so he needs to approach this matter carefully in court. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help him do just that.

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.

How the HGN test tests for drunk driving

Pennsylvania residents who are thought to be driving under the influence of alcohol will likely be asked by law enforcement officers to participate in field sobriety testing. There are three standard tests. This week, this column will go cover the horizontal gaze nystagmus test and how it tests for drunk driving.

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