Some people can attest that when some circumstance of life get bad, it can continue to spiral out of control. Some individuals are not sure how to break a cycle of bad habits, and some people end up needing the assistance of a criminal defense attorney when certain habits interfere with established law. One Pennsylvania man recently had to appear in court to face charges of drunk driving and assault, and he has likely requested the assistance of an attorney to develop a defense strategy.
Apparently, Pennsylvania lawmakers do not feel that current laws related to impaired driving are stringent enough. A state Senate committee has been working on a new bill that would increase the punishment of repeated drunk driving offenses. The bill has been passed by the committee and now must be considered in the state Senate.
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.