If you get a DUI conviction in Pennsylvania, you may face significant fines and license suspensions. You may incur certain consequences for a first offense and more severe penalties for subsequent violations. However, your punishment may also depend on the level of your blood alcohol content at the time of your arrest.
CNN notes that since 1993, Pennsylvania and all other states in America put laws in place to install ignition interlock systems in the cars of some drivers who had been caught driving drunk. Before starting the car, drivers were forced to test their blood alcohol content. If the device detected alcohol, then they would not be able to start the car.
When a Pennsylvania law enforcement official pulls you over and suspects that you have been drinking, he or she will likely ask that you submit to a breath test and, depending on its results, potentially charge you with driving under the influence. If a judge or jury later convicts you of the offense, you can expect to face hefty penalties, only some of which come straight from the criminal justice system.
Most drivers are well aware of the fact that it is illegal to drive after drinking too much or while intoxicated due to hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. What some do not realize is that prescription medication and even some over-the-counter medicine can affect a driver's ability to safely operate their vehicle. Moreover, if someone drives while they are intoxicated due to prescription drugs, they may be pulled over and they could face some harsh consequences. Not only is it pivotal to avoid driving if there is any possibility you may be impaired due to prescription drugs, but you should examine your legal options if you ever find yourself in this spot.
Drunk driving allegations can shatter someone's life in all sorts of ways, creating problems in their career and at home. This is especially true when someone who is under the age of 21 is charged with driving under the influence. Not only can underage DUI charges disrupt a young person's life, but they can create problems within the entire family. Many teens have been charged with driving under the influence, some of whom likely did not realize that they were considered to be driving under the influence because of zero tolerance laws. In Greensburg and across Pennsylvania, families struggling with a teen's DUI should review all legal options closely.