The holidays are approaching and people in Pennsylvania are now starting to attend various holiday parties. They also will have family gatherings and other events. This can be a very festive time of year and many times these parties and gatherings serve alcohol. However, it is important to enjoy in moderation or find sober rides home because if people are caught driving drunk they could face the harsh consequences of a DUI.
Drunk driving charges are serious criminal charges and grow more serious as accused individuals face repeated DUI charges. Because of the potentially harsh penalties accused individuals are facing, it is important to know how to handle DUI charges when facing them and how criminal defense protections can help.
On June 11th, 2019 at approximately 3:40 p.m., a car crash took place on Route 188 in Unityville. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital with injuries. The at-fault party turned himself into police on Thursday, August 22nd for sentencing. He is a 62-year-old male who already has three previous DUI convictions. In addition to alcohol, he was also found to have marijuana in his system.
Most drivers are, or should be, aware of the so-called legal limit. Under Pennsylvania law, and the law of every other state, it is illegal for drivers over age 21 to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Police who detain a driver can administer a BAC test. Drivers consent to these tests in advance, when they receive a driver's license. Any driver found to have a BAC of 0.08% BAC is said to have committed DUI per se. However, there is a lot more to the way Pennsylvania DUI law treats BAC.
You try to be cautious and courteous while you are driving, and you avoid getting behind the wheel after having anything to drink. However, you recently received a prescription for medication that makes you feel dizzy and sleepy. Is it possible that you and other Pennsylvania residents could face a DUI for driving after taking medication?