The Philadelphia DUI Law Blog

February 2014 Archives

Pa. DUI Bill May Require Ignition Interlock for 1st Offenders

Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) are currently only required for repeat offenders in Pennsylvania, but a new law may mandate first-time DUI offenders use these devices as well.

Political pressure from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has led to a bill that would require ignition interlocks in almost all DUI cases, with the strange result of getting more DUI offenders back on the road, Philadelphia's WHYY reports.

How might this law affect first-time DUI offenders?

Do You Have a Right to Police Dashcam Videos?

Dash-cam videos can serve as an incredibly powerful piece of evidence in proving a defendant's innocence. Just recently, a Pennsylvania man successfully fought a traffic ticket via personal dash-cam footage.

But what about police dash-cam videos, do you have a right to access them?

In general, the public and defendants are entitled to access police dash-cam videos. But the process of obtaining such videos is much trickier.