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Philadelphia police sergeant charged with multiple offenses

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.

Man pleads not guilty to drunk driving charges

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.

Pennsylvania couple both charged with DUI on same night

Someone who operates a motor vehicle in Pennsylvania with a blood alcohol content level above .08 is considered per se intoxicated, meaning they are legally deemed to be intoxicated even without additional evidence supporting that allegation. A driver may be arrested and convicted of driving under the influence even if they have a BAC level lower than .08 if there is other evidence that the driver is intoxicated. For drivers under the legal drinking age, a BAC level of only .02 while operating motor vehicle is illegal.

Drunk driving accidents are down in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot) released a new report, which states that alcohol related car accidents are down. The PennDot report indicates that in 2012 there were 12,000 DUI crashes in Pennsylvania. This is down from 2002 when there were over 15,000 alcohol related car accidents. In addition, the number of people killed in alcohol related accidents is down to 404 in 2012, compared to 542 people killed in 2002.

Philadelphia ambulance driver fired as a result of alleged DUI

Philadelphians will be interested to learn of the recent firing of an ambulance driver from Philadelphia. This incident reveals that being charged with a DUI can be enough to cause considerable damage to a person's life, even if the person is not convicted of the alleged offense.

Driving the wrong way may result in charges

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.

Pennsylvania grapples with criminal restitution

If you are found guilty of a crime in Pennsylvania, you may be ordered by the court to pay financial restitution to the victim of the crime or to the state. However, the financial situation of some offenders, coupled with the fact that many of them spend time in prison, can make restitution orders difficult to enforce, meaning some of that money does not get collected or distributed to victims.

Pheonixville man charged with DUI after crash

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.

Pennsylvania State Representative found guilty of DUI

As some people in Pennsylvania have learned, being arrested and charged with drunk driving is a very unpleasant experience. The social consequences of charges for driving under the influence can bring humiliation to entire families long before a person is even found guilty. If a person is convicted, the legal consequences can involve hundreds of dollars in fines and a license suspension, as well as jail time. For people in certain careers, a DUI can have additional ramifications.

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