Driving while you're intoxicated is one of the riskiest things you can do on the road. Alcohol can cause many changes in your body, and while you may believe you're sober, the reality could be that you're not.
Certain medical conditions can cause breath tests to read incorrectly, which is bad news if you're being tested by the police. Even if you say you haven't been drinking, a reading showing intoxication can quickly land you with an arrest.
If you are someone who makes the mistake of drunk driving and getting caught, you should be aware that your freedoms are at risk. You could have your license suspended, have to use an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) or face other penalties.
Drunk driving is easy to avoid, but there is a chance that you could make the mistake of getting behind the wheel while knowing that you shouldn't. Drinking lowers your inhibitions, and something you'd never do while sober might seem like a good idea when you're intoxicated.
The Pennsylvania legislature recognized that people who make mistakes that result in a misdemeanor conviction should not have to carry that error in judgment around for the rest of their lives. As a result, it passed the so-called "Clean Slate" law, which allows individuals with certain convictions to limit access to them when certain individuals or entities -- such as potential employers, landlords or others -- run criminal background checks. People with drunk driving convictions here in the state may be able to make use of this law if they meet the qualifications and go through the process.
A 26-year-old man is facing a serious homicide by vehicle charge. The accused was allegedly drunk driving when the vehicle he was operating crashed into another, killing the 27-year-old male driver. The Pennsylvania man died in hospital two days after the incident. An unconscious passenger in that vehicle was taken to hospital for treatment. The accused will need to mount an aggressive fight using the guidance and advice of an experienced legal team.
A traffic stop culminated in a 23-year-old man being charged with DUI and more than 20 summary traffic offences. The Pennsylvania resident will need experienced legal counsel to help him to aggressively fight the charges, particularly since he has been accused of alleged drunk driving which bears with it serious consequences. State police ended up in a several-mile vehicle chase with the accused. Three other men in the vehicle are facing felony theft charges.
Repeat DUI drivers will now be facing harsher penalties. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently signed a bill into law that those convicted of drunk driving three or four times, depending on their blood alcohol levels, will be facing felonies. Up until now, Pennsylvania did not have a felony law connected to DUI, so those facing these serious charges would do well to have an experienced legal team helping them to fight them.
A truck driver who apparently decided to continue driving despite a travel ban is now facing a DUI charge. Recent inclement weather closed some major Pennsylvania highways and the accused truck driver was stopped on I-78 by state police trooper about an after after the announced driving ban. The officer allegedly smelled marijuana in the cab of the truck and apparently found a jar containing cannabis.
You may be surprised to know that drinking and driving hasn't always been illegal. Surprisingly, some states even allow open containers in vehicles today (Mississippi is a good example).