There is one thing that all adults who drink alcohol should do right now -- take a few moments to learn what the laws in Pennsylvania say about drunk driving. You shouldn't think that these charges are minor nuisances. Instead, you have to treat them like very serious issues because they can have an impact on multiple facets of your life.
There are many different reasons why people get caught drinking and driving. One thing that is universal in all of these cases is that it is possible to prevent these charges by avoiding getting behind the wheel if you've been drinking. If you decide to drive anyway even though you are tipsy, you could find yourself heading to jail.
There are many things that you need to think about when you are heading out for the evening. Where you will go, who you are going to meet up with and what you are going to do are often the primary concerns. You need to add one more to that -- how you will get home.
As the summer months continue to march forward, the parties will continue to roll. This means that the police departments in this area might opt to conduct DUI checkpoints. If you recall, we recently discussed the fact that these checkpoints can't profile drivers. This doesn't mean that you won't get stopped in one just because of who you are. Instead, it means that any driver has the possibility of being pulled over.
Drunk driving is a problem that can lead to serious crashes. Because of the public safety issue with this, police departments often conduct DUI checkpoints to try to stave off the possibility of drunk driving crashes. These checkpoints must be handled properly if they are going to be effective.
In our most recent blog post, we discussed what it means for a law enforcement officer to have reasonable suspicion to conduct a drunk driving stop. This is only one of the factors that comes into the picture when you are facing drunk driving charges, but it is an important one. If you can prove that you weren't doing anything that should have resulted in a traffic stop, you might be able to use that as part of your defense.
Drunk driving stops are the nightmare of people who know they have had a few drinks. When you see those flashing lights, your heart probably seemed to drop into your stomach. Now that you are facing drunk driving charges, there are several points that you need to consider as part of your defense. One of these might be why the officer pulled you over in the first place.
Drunk driving charges have long-lasting effects. These effects aren't necessarily going to end when you successfully complete your court-ordered sentence. The long-term effects include social effects that can make your life very difficult. You have to deal with this on top of the criminal penalties that you have to face.
One of the primary factors in many drunk driving cases is what the person's blood alcohol concentration is at the time they are stopped. Pennsylvania law sets some specific limits for various situations, so if you are stopped for drunk driving, you should be prepared to learn more about these points.
Last August, Pennsylvania earned the state a rather dubious distinction. Wallet Hub named the state as one of the top five in the nation with the most lenient penalties for drunk driving offenses. The state came in fourth in the survey.