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 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.
Summer is in full swing and many people in Philadelphia want to get outside and enjoy various outdoor events. Many of these events involve drinking alcohol, even if it is just going to a friend's house to grill and enjoy the warm weather. Most enjoy alcohol responsibly, but it is not difficult to cross the line and have just one too many alcoholic beverages. Driving afterward may result in DUI charges, which if convicted, can carry some serious consequences.
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 Philadelphia have been convicted of a DUI or know someone who has been convicted of a DUI. DUIs are treated very seriously by the legislature and the penalties can be very serious even on a first time DUI. That is why many people learn their lesson after their first one and do not get charged or convicted of another one. However, some people are not deterred by a DUI and end up with more than one. Having multiple DUI offenses on a person's record can have substantial consequences in multiple areas of the person's life.
In Philadelphia, as throughout the rest of the United States, there has been a great effort toward stopping drunk driving. Despite these efforts, people still do drink and drive. Many people are stopped by police each year on suspicion of driving under the influence; they are then asked to take field sobriety tests and submit to Breathalyzer tests. If their BAC is above the legal limit, then these drivers are charged with DUIs. After being charged, the criminal justice proceedings begin.
There are many car accidents in Philadelphia each year. There are also many factors that cause those accidents. Sometimes the accidents involve drivers who have been suspected of drinking. In these cases, many times the person suspected of driving is charged with a DUI. However, just because there was an accident does not mean that a driver will be convicted of DUI. After being charged, the defendant goes through the criminal justice process and has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty -- even if the alleged victim is a police officer.
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.