Because people plan for things such as having a baby, getting married, buying a house or vacations, they typically are well informed prior to those types of events. Unfortunately, people usually do not plan on being arrested and, therefore, may not understand everything that needs to be considered when being criminally prosecuted. One Pennsylvania man is likely using an attorney to help him understand the drunk driving charges he faces after leaving the scene of his crashed truck.
Miranda rights include the statement: "You have the right to remain silent." It's a statement often worth heeding as anything said to law enforcement personnel from that point forward could be offered as evidence in a criminal proceeding. Confessing to a crime without an attorney present could make an already difficult situation worse. Recently, one Pennsylvania woman allegedly confessed to drunk driving after she was arrested for an alleged hit-and-run accident.
Many college students in Pennsylvania subscribe to the "work hard, play hard" philosophy. That often means staying up late studying or forgoing sleep to finish up an assignment. It may also mean going to parties on the weekend where alcohol is served.
Yes you can be charged for drunk driving while riding a bicycle. In one recent Superior Court case, a woman was riding her bicycle while drunk and crashed it into the side of a car. She was convicted of driving under the influence and sentenced to 90 days in jail.
No matter the charged criminal offense, everyone is entitled to choose an advocate to act on their behalf in court. Some defendants may discover that some family and friends may avoid supporting them as they face charges, even prior to a formal conviction. Some defendants may find it comforting that attorneys are part of their support system. One Pennsylvania man is likely using an attorney after being recently being arrested for drunk driving.
Beginning on August 25th drivers in Pennsylvania who are convicted for the first time of drunk driving will have an option. Typically in the past a conviction or a first time DUI would require that a person lose their license to drive for one year. Under the current law there are no exceptions, no driving whatsoever is permitted.
Pennsylvania lawmakers have realized that punishment of some crimes often results in the commission of additional crimes. New laws are to take effect this month regarding drunk driving cases. Lawmakers are hopeful that the new laws will lower offenses and prevent repeated cases of driving under the influence.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled that the police need a search warrant before they can take blood from an unconscious driver.
Everyone in Pennsylvania is at risk of being accused of a crime, including the politicians who write the law. An accusation alone has the potential to damage a lawmaker's reputation and chances of re-election. Recently, an established politician was charged with drunk driving on a capital session day.
Although anyone accused of a criminal offense is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty, the mere stigma of being criminally charged can negatively impact a person's life and future. Recently, one Pennsylvania woman was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. Unfortunately, her legal troubles quickly became more complicated when a stolen gun was discovered, and she allegedly attempted to use a passport in place of her drivers license.