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No person shall ever, ever, ever go to a Preliminary Hearing on a DUI or any criminal matter without an attorney. A criminal case has many levels, the Preliminary Arraignment, Preliminary Hearing, Arraignment, and Pre-Trial Conference/Trial. The Preliminary Hearing is one of the most critical stages of any criminal prosecution, and no person should go to the Preliminary Hearing without proper representation. Never hire a lawyer who is not familiar and experienced with your type of case, and don't be afraid to ask the lawyer how many DUI cases they handle in a year. Once a Preliminary Hearing is waived, many potential positive outcomes are lost forever.

Cowboys' Ratliff suspected of DWI after accident

The Dallas Cowboys are in the news again for a drunk driving arrest. This time, defensive tackle Jay Ratliff has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after being involved in an accident. According to an MSNBC.com report, Ratliff crashed into an 18-wheeler before hitting a guardrail. A police spokesperson indicated that Ratliff displayed several common signs to indicate drunk driving (e.g. smelling of alcohol, slurred speech).

County court ruling could impact thousands of PA DUI cases

A recent ruling involving breathalyzer results could impact thousands of high-level DUI cases throughout Pennsylvania. A Dauphin County judge ruled that breathalyzer machines were not accurate in gauging blood alcohol levels higher than .15 percent. As such, breathalyzer evidence could not be used in prosecuting (extreme) DUI cases.

Fewer drunk driving arrests reported

While the New Year's parties have ended and people settle into normal life in 2013, we look back on trends for drunk driving arrests. While final statistics are still coming in for the recent holiday season, it appears that DUI arrests are trending down. According to a report by the American Automobile Association (AAA) there were fewer DUI arrests in 2011 in Pennsylvania (50,413) compared to 2010 (52,000).

How to handle a DUI stop in Pennsylvania

While the holiday season is meant to be festive and reflective, it may not be so for law enforcement officers across Pennsylvania. They are charged with keeping roads safe and getting dangerous drivers off the road. Also, December is deemed National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, so we expect a number of people to be stopped on suspicion of DUI.

How DUI offenders in Pennsylvania can benefit from DUI court

With less than a week before Christmas, our readers likely know that the public efforts on drunk driving prevention are in full swing. Additional patrols will be in force during the weekend, and more public safety advertisements will be seen on television. Indeed, we support these efforts because prevention is the key in limiting drunk driving accidents (and thus saving lives), but we also believe that DUI courts have not received the recognition deserved for their roles in changing the culture of DUI enforcement in Pennsylvania.

Police officer charged with drunk driving

Every Pennsylvania driver must follow the law when it comes to impaired driving. Essentially, anyone operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 and above can be charged with a misdemeanor. The law applies to everyone, even police officers. So there is a sense of irony when a police officer is charged with a DUI.

Longer Sentences for Repeat DUI Offenses Urged

Penalties for drunk driving increase every year. States are quick to pass tougher laws when they determine that it is necessary to make changes. One of the major issues that may face legislators across the country concerns the sentences that are in place for those with multiple DUI convictions.

Individual Facing Charges for Providing Alcohol to Minor Involved in DUI Crash

Underage drinking and driving is a crime that law enforcement takes very seriously. Pennsylvania is a zero tolerance state, and anyone under the age of 21 that has a blood alcohol content of 0.02 can be arrested for DUI. The penalties for a conviction can be very severe, and can lead to many other consequences for the person that is convicted.

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