Checkpoints are designed for the purpose of catching individuals who may be driving drunk, but there are many in Pennsylvania who disagree with their effectiveness and dispute their benefits. A recent checkpoint in Harrisburg that stopped 475 cars resulted in just two arrests for drunk driving. There are varying opinions about why there were so few arrests compared to the total number of cars stopped.
Sometimes actions appear to be defiance when in reality they are not. One Pennsylvania bus driver was recently conflicted with choosing to obey the orders of police and the policy for school bus drivers. Because she attempted to follow her employer's policy, she has been arrested for resisting arrest. Unfortunately, her legal matters are more complicated because the officer also suspected she may have been drunk driving.
There are often jokes about bicycle-mounted police officers' ability to stop larger, faster motor vehicles when traffic offenses may have occurred. In the same sense, it would seem ridiculous to evade police officers while traveling in a golf cart. Although it is not the typical vehicle one would imagine getting pulled over in, people in Pennsylvania can experience driving violations while operating a golf cart, including drunk driving. Two men from another state were in town enjoying the festivities of Blue-White weekend when they suddenly found themselves facing serious traffic violations from driving a golf cart.
Some circumstances in life can leave some people in a downward spiral. Some circumstances can seem impossible to recover from, including those that result in arrests. Unfortunately, drunk driving offenses are often repeated and a difficult cycle for some individuals to avoid. Despite seemingly impossible circumstances to recover from, Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys can advise on the best approach to any defense even in what may appear to be a terrible circumstance. One man has recently found himself in a difficult situation when he was arrested while driving to defend himself for a previous criminal offense.
In State College, Pennsylvania, there has been a recent initiative to help reduce the amount of dangerous underage drinking through a program called the Alcohol Source Investigation Project. Because colleges such as Penn State are full of students under the age of 21, it has become common for older students to purchase alcohol for minors. Unfortunately, it often results in large drinking parties, disturbance to the community, litter and sometimes drunk driving. State College authorities have been working with local alcohol dispensaries, combined with surveillance, to help reduce the incidence of alcohol purchased for minors.
The legalization of marijuana, no matter the form, has created an unanticipated need to change other laws in many states. Pennsylvania is one of many states where some laws conflict with other established laws, as some forms of medical marijuana are now legal. According to select data from one Pennsylvania county, arrests for drunk driving appear to be decreasing, but arrests for DUIs related to drug use appear to be increasing.
Some people may underestimate the value and impact that a lawyer can have on a criminal case. People who have successfully had a case defended, had their charges eliminated or the punishment for charges reduced would likely attest to the benefit of securing a savvy attorney. One Pennsylvania woman is likely thankful for the negotiation skills of her attorney after her drunk driving and assault charges were either eliminated or reduced.
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.