Many people consume alcohol every day in Philadelphia. Afterwards some of them decide to drive. As a result many people are charged with a DUI every year. Some have consumed more alcohol than others, though. The law understands that and has divided the consequences for a DUI into three categories with increasing penalties for people who have a higher blood alcohol level and for those with multiple DUIs.
Many people in Philadelphia enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two from time-to-time. Alcohol is present at many parties, sporting events, and concerts, in addition to numerous bars and restaurants in the city. While it is perfectly legal to consume alcohol, many of the choices people make after consuming the alcohol are illegal. One of these decisions is driving a vehicle after intoxication, which may result in a DUI.
Many people in Philadelphia are charged with DUIs every year. If a person is convicted, the consequences can be very serious, including the loss of their driver's license. After a person's driver's license is suspended, if they want to drive they must use the ignition interlock system in their vehicle for a period of time. The amount of time depends on their BAC at the time of the incident and how many prior DUIs he or she may have at the time.
Drinking and driving is considered a very dangerous activity in Philadelphia. As such, if a person is caught driving under the influence, the penalties can be severe. Many people stop drinking and driving after a first DUI, but some people are caught drinking and driving on multiple occasions. These individuals are seen as an even bigger danger to the public, as they do not seem to learn from their previous mistakes. We previously discussed the penalties for first and second-time DUIs, but, as one might guess, the penalties are worse for someone who has had two or more prior DUIs.
There are many people in Philadelphia who consume alcohol to the point of impairment. This by itself is not usually a huge problem, but the choices a person makes while impaired can become a big deal. One relatively common decision that can have serious consequences is getting behind the wheel and driving. Many people in Philadelphia have one DUI. Previously we discussed the consequences for a first time DUI, but some people make the mistake of drinking and driving even after an initial DUI. These people may end up getting a second DUI. They should know that the consequences for a second DUI conviction are more serious than an initial DUI.
Over the years the legislature in Pennsylvania has shown a greater interest in stopping drunk driving. Despite these efforts, many people still decide to drink and drive. Not everyone is caught, but many are and have to deal with the consequences. As the legislature has shown a greater interest in stopping drunk driving, the penalties for doing it have increased. However, many first time offenders do not know the specific consequences they may face.
There are many people in Philadelphia who consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel. Not everyone who drinks alcohol and drives is legally under the influence, but many of them are and may face DUI charges. This goes for any driver regardless of what they do for a profession, even police officers. Many may think that police officers are above the law, but if they drink and drive, they may be convicted of a DUI just like anyone else.
Many people in Pennsylvania face DUI charges each year. In an attempt to cut down on drunken driving, the Pennsylvania legislature has enacted strict DUI laws. The penalties for a DUI conviction have increased and those with multiple DUI offenses potentially face even more serious penalties. Despite the strict laws and increased penalties, however, those charged with a DUI still have certain rights following an arrest. The prosecution also still must prove that they were driving under the influence beyond a reasonable doubt before convicting the person.
Every Philadelphia resident is subject to the laws of the state of Pennsylvania. This includes elected officials, police officers and everyone else. No one is exempt and there are no exceptions. And just like every resident is subject to the laws of Pennsylvania, every person charged with a crime has the same constitutional rights and protections as well.
A driver in a nearby community who was allegedly involved in a DUI accident which eventually led to the death of a woman recently pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide, among others. The 26-year old man is accused of striking and killing a woman as she got into the back seat of a parked car. Authorities say the man was intoxicated and driving drunk at the time of the accident. The man also allegedly injured the 47-year-old victim's sister and her daughter in the accident.