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January 2013 Archives

What Happens After a DUI Arrest?

A DUI case officially begins after prosecutors decide to file charges against you. The steps of a DUI case are similar to the steps of any criminal case. However, it's typically rare for a DUI case to actually go to trial.

If you have been busted for a DUI and are now facing the prospect of criminal charges, it's a good idea to work with an experienced Philadelphia DUI attorney. The criminal process can be confusing and complicated, and an attorney can help guide you through the process while advocating for your rights.

Here is a general overview of what you can expect if you are formally charged with drunken driving:

What Are Pennsylvania's DUI Penalties?

Let's say you are arrested for drunken driving in Pennsylvania. Probably the first question you'll be asking your attorney is: What are Pennsylvania's DUI penalties?

There are a lot of factors that go into the exact drunken driving penalty you face.

Some factors considered include how many prior DUI convictions are on your record, your blood alcohol content at the time of arrest, whether anyone was injured or any property was damaged, and even the type of vehicle you were driving.

Here's an overview of the DUI penalties in Pennsylvania:

Pennsylvania's Ignition Interlock Law

If you are arrested for a drunken driving offense in Pennsylvania, one of the first things you will want to become familiar with is Pennsylvania's ignition interlock laws.

An ignition interlock is a device that is installed into a car. It allows someone who has been convicted of a DUI offense to continue driving, but only if the device indicates they're sober.

Here are several things you will want to know about Pennsylvania's ignition interlock law:

Could Supreme Court DUI Case Affect PA Implied Consent Laws?

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court began considering a case involving drunken driving and alcohol blood tests.

The case could have impact on drunken driving cases across the country. But many local Pennsylvania DUI lawyers are saying that the results of the decision could have little, if any, impact on the state of affairs in Pennsylvania.

The question before the U.S. Supreme Court involves police officers taking blood samples without a warrant, when they suspect that someone has been drinking and driving.

Judge Finds Alcohol Breath Tests Unreliable; Lawyer Calls for Ban

How accurate are alcohol breath tests?

They've been conduced for years but now, a Dauphin County judge's opinion on these tests is taking center stage in the debate on DUI breath testing, as numerous DUI convictions are now under scrutiny, reports The Patriot News.

Last month, Judge Lawrence F. Clark Jr. threw out nearly two dozen drunken driving cases, citing bad science. He claimed in his Dec. 31 opinion that the methods used to calibrate the Intoxilyzer 5000EN machine raised some concerns about the accuracy of the machine's results, reports The Morning Call.

In New Year's DUI Crash, Man's BAC Was 0.57 Percent

An apparent New Year's Day suicide attempt gone wrong has left a man in police custody and two cars with severe damage. It could also lead to severe consequences for the alleged drunken driver.

Pennsylvania DUI laws are based on the amount of alcohol in the driver's system. So what happens when someone crosses the highest possible level of blood alcohol concentration (BAC)?

The man arrested in the New Year's crash allegedly had a BAC of 0.57 percent, the Reading Eagle reports. That's more than seven times the legal limit -- and, according to experts, past the level at which coma or even death are possible.