A Philadelphia driver is facing charges related to an incident where he is alleged to have driven the wrong way down a Philly street, striking several vehicles. He will likely face DUI charges and charges for damaging property in connection with this instance.
For those in the Philadelphia area, a DUI charge can lead to a number of serious consequences, from license revocation to jail time. For an example of what may happen if facing a DUI charge, Philadelphians need look no further than a recent accident that occurred in nearby Phoenixville, where police allege that a night of drinking may have led to extensive damages.
Here in Philadelphia, the legal penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol can be extremely severe. The consequences depend on several variables including any previous DUI convictions and the level of alcohol measured in the driver's system at the time of the arrest. If the DUI charge results from an accident in which someone was injured, the penalties for a conviction can be harsher.
Being charged with drunk driving comes with inherent problems, especially when an accident is involved, but many people don't consider the professional fallout that can arise from a DUI accident. Two Philadelphia city employees were recently faced with this predicament after being charged with DUI while driving city vehicles.
The Pennsylvania legislature passed a set of laws in 2004 that specify the minimum sentences for a DUI conviction. The factors that determine the minimum include the defendant's blood-alcohol content, whether the defendant refused to take a Breathalyzer test and whether an accident occurred. A DUI arrest can also result in harsher sentences if the accused has a previous drunk driving conviction.
Even though there is only one month of summer remaining before the start of school, many teens across Pennsylvania are making the most of their remaining vacation time, working extra shifts, taking trips to the lake and, of course, hanging out with friends. However, it is this last element that is the most concerning to many parents as it can sometimes translate into opportunities for underage drinking.
It's been a tough month for law enforcement officers in Pennsylvania. A couple of weeks ago, we discussed the DUI charge against an off-duty state trooper who, ironically, had just left a golf event memorializing a drunk driving victim. Now a member of the Pennsylvania State Police has been charged with DUI while on duty.
Anytime a person is arrested for drunk driving, it is important that they take the charges seriously. When the arrest is the result of an accident, it can lead to further charges and a more harsh punishment. A woman was arrested this week for alleged drunk driving in Philadelphia. Police say the woman crashed into a police van before being arrested.
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