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Drunk Driving Penalties In Pennsylvania: What You Need To Know

Being arrested for drunk driving can be a very scary and stressful experience. It can also leave you wondering what's going to happen to you, and whether there is any hope that the charges against you may be reduced or dropped. When it comes to DUI cases, details matter and the factors related to your stop, testing and arrest also matter.

DUI in Pennsylvania - You Need a Good Lawyer

Pennsylvania has some of the toughest DUI laws in the country. As a result, honest people who would never knowingly violate the law sometimes unknowingly violate Pennsylvania's DUI laws. When that happens, people occasionally question whether they need to hire a lawyer to help them navigate the criminal justice system. The answer is simple: Yes.

IIDs could be forced on people after a first DUI

People who are stopped and arrested for drunk driving in Pennsylvania have every reason to feel scared and unsure of what to expect. Despite the social stereotype that anyone arrested for a DUI is irresponsible or a serious alcoholic, this sort of situation happens to very responsible people all the time. Professional people who may stop for happy hour on their way home from work, for example, could be at risk for getting a DUI. The state's threshold of a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent can be reached easier than one might know.

Can I have my criminal conviction expunged?

If you have been arrested for a criminal offense in Philadelphia or other parts of Pennsylvania, you may be interested in having this history removed from your record. Such information can show up on background checks and inhibit your ability to get a job, a place to live and more even if it is decades old. That DUI you received when you were 22 can still hurt you when you are 52. Can you get an arrest or conviction removed from your record in Pennsylvania? In some cases, you can. There are certain situations, however, in which an expungement may not be possible.

What is Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition?

If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Philadelphia, you are no doubt fearful of the consequences that you may face. These can range from any number of things based upon the individual circumstances of your case. According to the State of Pennsylvania, if you have never had a DUI before or never had a DUI within the previous 10 years, you may qualify for what is called Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition.

State aims to toughen DUI penalties

Drivers in Pennsylvania who have been arrested and charged with some type of impaired driving offense know that the state's consequences for these things can be severe. Almost every aspect of a driver's life can be impacted by a drunk driving conviction. Understanding how the law continues to evolve in this area is important for all drivers.

What is the process for a DUI breath test in Pennsylvania?

Like any driver in Pennsylvania, you could be asked by law enforcement to submit to a breath test after you have been stopped for another reason. If this happens, you should know that officers are required to follow specific procedures when conducting these tests.

What is an ignition interlock device?

If you have been arrested and charged with a drunk driving offense in Pennsylvania, you will want to understand the consequences you may face if you are ultimately convicted. In addition to financial penalties and incarceration, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device into your vehicle. An IID is considered more of a preventative consequence than a punitive one. The goal of an IID is to proactively guard against any repeat offenses.

Factors affecting the accuracy of breath tests in Pennsylvania

Every day, people are arrested for suspicion of drunk driving across Pennsylvania. In fact, there were more than 45,000 adults arrested for DUI in 2014, according to the state’s Uniform Crime Reporting System. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., we know that breath tests are often integral to convictions on such charges. However, the results of breath tests are not always accurate.

An overview of blood alcohol concentration levels

When motorists in the state of Pennsylvania area found to have a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, level of .08 or higher, they may be arrested for drunk driving. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were more than 52,000 people arrested for driving under the influence across the state in 2014. While most of the drivers who find themselves facing such charges know they have consumed alcohol, many think that their BAC level is within the legal limit. Thus, it behooves people to understand BAC levels and the factors that affect them in order to avoid serious drunk driving charges.

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