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Man charged with DUI has multiple prior convictions

A 50-year-old Pennsylvania man with multiple DUI convictions dating back to the 1990s was taken into custody on July 25 after he ran a red light. The incident occurred in Lower Saucon Township, and he was detained after performing poorly on field coordination exercises. He is facing DUI charges, and officers say his blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit.

In 1990, following alcohol and drug-related charges, the man went into Lehigh County's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition. In 1992, he was again taken into custody, this time in Salisbury Township, and sentenced to one to 23 months in jail. He was detained for DUI again in August 1993 and April 1996, and he pleaded guilty both times. After yet another charge and a guilty plea in 1999, his sentence included a fine and time in prison among other penalties.

In 2013, he pleaded guilty to a second offense of driving with a blood alcohol content of .02 or greater while on a suspended license and to DUI-highest rate of alcohol. His license was suspended, he was ordered to pay $3,500 in fines and he received two concurrent prison sentences, one of one to six months and the other of six to 12 months.

Even if a person is only facing first-time drunk driving charges, the consequences can be serious. In some cases, a person could lose a job after a DUI conviction. An attorney might be able to get the charges dismissed if the person's rights were violated, or the person might be offered a plea bargain. This involves pleading guilty, usually to lesser charges and for a lighter sentence. An attorney may be able to advise the best strategy based on the specific situation.

Source: Saucon Source, "Emmaus Man Arrested for DUI Had .25 Percent BAC, Police Say", Josh Popichak, Aug. 6, 2018

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