Most people in Philadelphia understand that drinking and driving is dangerous and against the law. However, that does not stop everyone from doing it. There are many instances when a person may not think they are over the legal limit or do not feel drunk. Other times the person may only need to drive a short distance to get home and does not think it is a big deal. Whatever the reason for driving, if the police stops the driver, they may be charged with a DUI.
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.
There have been many efforts to curb drunk driving in Philadelphia. There are commercials on television, advertisements in magazines and newspapers, classes and other efforts. Also, the penalties for driving under the influence can be very severe and cause many difficulties for people with DUI convictions. Despite all of these efforts and people's knowledge of the dangers of drunk driving, there were still many DUI arrests in the Philadelphia metro area in 2014.
Juveniles, just like adults, commit crimes in Philadelphia. A teenager can be charged with drug possession, theft, assault and any other crime that adults can commit. Juvenile cases are handled slightly differently than adult cases, though. The main difference with the juvenile law system is that the goal of punishment is rehabilitation instead of punishment alone. Therefore, the punishments themselves are generally different and do not involve detention quite as often.
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.
There are many juveniles who are accused of crimes each year in Philadelphia. These offenses can range from curfew violations and drug possession all the way to assaults and even murder. Many times these juveniles get in trouble with the law without thinking about the circumstances. However, the long-term consequences can be severe and often have a drastic effect on a young person's life.
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.
Pennsylvania drivers who are arrested after a drunk driving accident may face multiple charges, all with their own penalties. Indeed, if another person is hurt or killed in the accident, a DUI charge may be one of the lesser charges filed against the suspect.
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.