DUI In PA – Important Info
DUI arrests are on the rise. The number of DUI arrests in PA alone totaled 52,944 in 2011. Police across the state are aggressively targeting drivers whom they suspect may be driving under the influence. Roving patrols and Targeted Sobriety Check Points are just a couple of examples of Law enforcement’s ramped up efforts to put stop to drunk driving.
The noble efforts by police do not always come without a cost. Overly aggressive patrolling, corner cutting and human error have caused many individuals to be arrested without a proper constitutional basis. This, combined with faulty Blood Alcohol testing equipment and problematic blood collection procedures, has created an environment in Pennsylvania where an un-impaired motorist could be at risk of getting convicted of Driving Under The Influence.
Driving under the influence of impairing drugs or alcohol is a very serious crime in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Also known as “Driving under the influence (DUI) or “driving while intoxicated (DWI),”it is a charge that is taken very seriously and punished accordingly. The (NHTS) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that roughly 40 percent of all U.S. traffic deaths are alcohol-related to a great extent. This criminal offense includes either driving under the influence of alcohol to the extent that it impairs your physical and mental faculties, or driving while you have a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater whether or not the alcohol has had any effect whatsoever on you. The offense is also incorrectly known as “drunk driving” although that term does not have an official meaning and is a misnomer because the driver does not have to be intoxicated (or driving) in order to be convicted and arrested for a DUI.
When an officer of the law enforces a vehicle stop and suspects the driver may be drunk, the officer will conduct a “field sobriety” test on the driver. A field sobriety test will usually involve a law enforcement officer to ask a driver to perform a series of tasks that assess any impairment of the person’s cognitive or physical ability. Examples of these tests include having the driver walk a straight line, heel to toe; having he or she recite the alphabet backwards; and the officer’s use of the eye and penlight test.
A DUI conviction can lead to very serious fines, loss of driving privileges, and even incarceration. In addition, it may affect your job security and raise your insurance rates significantly. Because the stakes are fairly high, it usually pays to have a DUI lawyer handle your case. Your attorney will be adept at scrutinizing the evidence against you, securing the best possible results and guaranteeing that your rights are protected.
If you are charged with a DUI in Pennsylvania, even if it is a first offense, it is crucial that you hire an attorney who is aggressive, experienced and respected. William DeNardo fits that bill. For 15 years, William has litigated well over a thousand DUI related cases all over South Eastern Pennsylvania. William represents has represented clients through all phases of the process; pre-arrest, arrest, preliminary hearing, arraignment, trial and sentencing. His track record of success and the number of satisfied clients speak for themselves.
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