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Knowing the penalties associated with repeat DUI charges

In Pennsylvania, mandatory penalties are associated with repeat DUI charges. When an individual accused of a DUI has a previous DUI in the 10 years prior to the current charge, they may face additional penalties associated with the charges. Multiple offenses can mean increased penalties and consequences for the accused individual so it is important to understand how drunk driving charges are assigned.

Drunk driving charges in Pennsylvania are based on the accused individual's blood alcohol content level (BAC) and any DUI history. The first level of drunk driving charge is General Impairment which is charged if the accused individual has a BAC between .08 and .099 and carries a possible jail or prison sentence ranging from 5 days to 2 years; fines ranging from $300 to $5,000; and driving privileges being revoked for a minimum of one year. The second level of drunk driving charge is High BAC if the accused individual has a BAC between .10 and .159 and carries a possible jail or prison sentence ranging from 30 days to 5 years; fines ranging from $750 to $10,000; and driving privileges can be revoked for a minimum of 12 to 18 months.

State legislator arrested, charged with DUI

Drunk driving offense are some of the most commonly charged crimes in Pennsylvania. People from all walks of life can find themselves facing DUI charges after making a bad decision.

According to news reports, Pennsylvania state legislator John Maher was recently arrested after police said they saw him make an unsafe U-turn and drive the wrong way on a street. Police said Maher's blood alcohol level was at least 0.16, or twice the legal limit.

State College man faces felony drug charges

Individuals accused of drug charges have legal protections to be aware of. A State College man was recently charged with felony drug charges for allegedly selling controlled substances to a confidential informant. According to authorities, the 26-year old man allegedly contacted the informant to purchase Suboxone. The drug is used to treat narcotic addiction but has a high risk of addiction itself. According to the informant, the informant had purchased marijuana from the 26-year old man in the past.

Police reported that the informant arranged to purchase 5 Suboxone pills from the accused man for $100. While under surveillance, the informant went to a residence and purchased the controlled substance. The pills were sent to a crime lab and were confirmed to contain buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is a schedule III controlled substance which is found in Suboxone.

How criminal charges can derail a college career

Many criminal charges stem from frivolous mistakes. There is a difference between premeditating a crime and simply making a poor decision, but when it comes to the law, both can land you to a courtroom. Drinking too much or getting into a fight can quickly escalate, and the consequences might even entail criminal charges. It is important to deal quickly with such a situation and its implications.

One of the most troubling implications is the potential effect a court trial and criminal charges could have on a young student’s college career. The following three issues should concern any student or parent of a student charged with a crime. 

Fourth of July weekend means increases in drunk driving

With the celebration of the Fourth of July holiday, most Americans think of barbeques, picnics, fireworks and parades. The last thing on anyone's mind is the potential of a drunk driving arrest after a day or night of celebrating the birth of our nation.

It is not uncommon, however, for Americans to celebrate the holidays with a couple drinks. Add to it the warm weather and it is no wonder that there is an increase of driving under the influence during the holidays.

How can I get my case dropped?

If you are suspected of a crime, or if you are arrested, there are certain laws and protections in place to assure that your rights have not been violated when it comes to the process of your arrest and arraignment. In fact, you even have constitutional rights to protect you. Here are a few examples.

The United States Fourth Amendment protects all Americans against unlawful search and seizure. What does this mean? If police pull you over or stop at your home and suspect illegal activity, with a few exceptions they must first obtain a search warrant, arrest warrant or have probable cause before conducting a search.

Preliminary hearings continue in frat house death

The tragic story of a 19-year-old fraternity hopeful at Penn State who was hazed to death on February 3, 2017, obtained national headlines. As details emerged, it became apparent that frat members possibly played a significant role in what ultimately led to the young man's death. The extreme hazing left the man with not only severe alcohol poisoning, but substantial injuries following multiple falls, including a fall down a flight of stairs.

In all, the fraternity is facing substantial and very serious charges, including involuntary manslaughter, 50 counts of hazing, 48 counts of unlawful acts relative to liquor and 48 counts of furnishing alcohol to minors. Some members are also charged with tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment and felony aggravated assault. There are 18 defendants in all, currently going through preliminary hearings, including the viewing of surveillance tapes from the night of the tragedy.

Man faces multiple misdemeanors, felony, after drug investigation

Sometimes how you act during an investigation can seriously affect your fate. A 33-year-old man from State College, Pennsylvania, learned this by reportedly failing to cooperate with police officers, as well as battling the officers. The incident began when a State College police detective met with a suspect at Snappy's on University Drive last Friday afternoon. The officer had a search warrant tied to a drug investigation.

The officer had the suspect sign a receipt to turn in the cellphone, but during the exchange the suspect allegedly ripped the iPhone from the officer's hand and attempted to break it in half and smashed it on the asphalt. The phone was still seized but was severely damaged. The suspect was taken into custody for his actions and now faces multiple charges.

New Jersey men hit with multiple criminal charges

Following two altercations at a State College residence, a 21-year-old man from Long Branch, New Jersey, has been charged with felony burglary and criminal trespass, as well as misdemeanor simple assault, criminal mischief - damage to property and recklessly endangering another person. His friend, a resident of Ocean, New Jersey, was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief - damage to property.

Do you disagree with a spouse over child support spending?

While in the process of a divorce, it may appear that there are countless issues that need to be addressed, such as property division and possibly alimony. If there are children involved, things are often further compounded. Parents always prioritize their children, and will fight hard to get their wishes when it comes to child custody and child support.

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