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Senate bill may increase penalties for repeat DUI offenders

A drunk driving accident may be one of the most devastating ways to lose a child. That's why the "Pennsylvania Parents Against Impaired Driving" group is pushing for change by demanding that lawmakers pass Senate Bill 961, which would increase penalties for repeat DUI offenders. The bill was approved by the Senate in April and later this month, lawmakers will return to the Capitol and will have less than 10 session days to pass the bill.

Man faces drunk driving charges following accident

If a police officer has reason to believe that you are driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they can arrest you on DUI charges. However, DUI charges may not be the only charges you face. A driver charged with drunk driving may face additional charges, depending on the circumstances surrounding the arrest. For example, a Pennsylvania man was recently charged with a DUI, and is also facing four counts of endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person after a rollover accident.

What to expect when facing drunk driving charges in Pennsylvania

Many people who are facing drunk driving charges in Pennsylvania have no prior arrests and, therefore, do not know what to expect of the criminal court process that awaits them. If you choose to hire an attorney, they can walk you through each step of the DUI court procedure and attempt to make sure you are prepared for what comes next.

DUI arrests and drunk driving accidents decline in Philadelphia

Driving under the influence is one of the most dangerous forms of driver negligence. Fortunately, Pennsylvania residents appear to be getting the message. The Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Report showed a 33 percent decline in drunk and drugged driving arrests in Philadelphia from 2009 to 2017. During the same period, the data shows a 13 percent decline in DUI arrests statewide.

What to expect if you refuse a Breathalyzer test

If a police officer suspects that you have been drinking and driving, it is likely that he or she will arrest you and ask you to submit to a Breathalyzer test to determine your blood alcohol concentration. If the test reveals a BAC level of .08 percent or more (for drivers 21 and older), you may be charged criminally for driving under the influence. However, many people wonder if they can legally refuse to take the test in the first place.

Assistance navigating DUI charges

Pennsylvania is an "implied consent" state. What this means is that in exchange for the privilege to drive on the state's streets, roads and highways, you agree to consent to a chemical test if a law enforcement officer has formed a reasonable suspicion that you are driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or a controlled substance. If you refuse the test, you could lose your license and face some heavy financial penalties.

What does "implied consent" mean in Pennsylvania DUI cases?

Under Pennsylvania law, anyone with who is driving in the state - in exchange for the privilege to do so - is deemed to have consented to a chemical test to determine blood alcohol content or the presence of a controlled substance. This is known as "implied consent." What it means is that if a law enforcement officer has "reasonable grounds" to suspect that a motorist is driving under the influence, and may be charged with DUI due to use of alcohol or drugs, the officer can request that the motorist submit to a chemical test.

State Police: Update DUI laws for medical marijuana use

In Pennsylvania it is illegal to operate a vehicle with any amount of THC - a chemical in marijuana - in a driver's blood stream. However, using marijuana for medical purposes, as long as it is prescribed by a licensed physician, became legal last year. The first dispensaries in the state are slated to open this year, and the Pennsylvania State Police are concerned that the the laws, as currently written, do not adequately account for the legal use of medical marijuana.

What will officer do to decide whether I am drunk?

Police officers in Pennsylvania are trained to be on the lookout for drivers who appear to be intoxicated. Through observation, they make note a driver's inability to stay in their lane or other allegedly erratic driving habits, and through those observations, they may develop a suspicion of the driver's impairment. Once a driver is stopped an officer may ask a driver to submit to field sobriety testing to confirm their suspicion of drunk driving.

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