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).
Getting a DUI can be a serious problem that results in harsh penalties. You might lose your license or the ability to drive, lose your job or lose your position in a club or other activity. If you attend school, you might be suspended for your actions.
Getting a DUI can threaten your job, which is never good. It's important that you can go to work and bring home a paycheck. You want to make sure you can live comfortably.
Drunk driving is a dangerous act, yet people do it every day. There are ways to get home without risking your life, but if you make the decision to get behind the wheel while intoxicated, it could mean penalties that otherwise would have been avoided.
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.
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.
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.
Field sobriety tests are used by police officers to help determine if a person is under the influence of alcohol.
In Pennsylvania, a DUI is not a felony. It's a misdemeanor not just for a first offense, but for anything after that. This means that a person with a dozen previous convictions could get arrested and only face misdemeanor charges.
When a law enforcement officer is charged with DUI in Pennsylvania or elsewhere, it is usually the best policy to cooperate, show complete transparency and enter into rehabilitative treatment where appropriate. That approach provides the best path back to normalcy for an officer of the law. There is one obvious proviso: if the accused is not guilty of the drunk driving and other allegations, a vigorous defense would be the more appropriate response.