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Category: DUI Defense

PBTs, SFSTs and DUIs: What to know

PBTs? SFSTs? When you’re pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, you’re going to get a crash course in some important acronyms. You may be asked to submit to a preliminary breath test (PBT) or participate in one or more standardized field sobriety test (SFST) – and knowing your rights in this situation can be…

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2 ways someone’s blood alcohol concentration affects DUI charges

Pennsylvania police officers will arrest anyone who violates the state’s impaired driving law. People involved in collisions or who show signs of diminished ability at the wheel can end up arrested if they fail chemical tests. An individual’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) can have a major impact on driving under the influence (DUI) charges. These are the two main ways…

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Can Pennsylvania drivers fight checkpoint DUI charges?

Most arrests related to driving under the influence (DUI) charges occur during target traffic stops or after collisions occur. Some people may end up arrested not because of something they have done at the wheel but rather because of the route that they’ve taken. Drivers who encounter sobriety roadblocks, also called DUI checkpoints, are subject to screening and may end…

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3 people who should always fight a DUI charge

You’ve never been in trouble with the law before, so a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) was a major wake-up call, right? In Pennsylvania, most first-time DUI offenders won’t face jail time. Unless there are aggravating circumstances (like someone was seriously injured or killed), you’ll probably pay a fine, be ordered to go through remedial traffic safety training…

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3 times you may challenge the results of a field sobriety test

The evidence most people think of when they consider drunk driving charges will be chemical test results. Many police officers have chemical breath test units in their vehicles that they can use to determine someone’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) following a motor vehicle collision or during a traffic stop. However, police officers often obtain the right to request breath testing…

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3 happy hour mistakes that could lead to a DUI charge

The promise of half an hour of quiet time by yourself might be the only thing motivating you during the second part of your day at work. You have a habit of stopping off a happy hour to enjoy a drink or two after a long day at work. Generally, as long as you are responsible about your consumption and…

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Can the police arrest you for a DUI when your driving is fine?

Every year, thousands of drivers in Pennsylvania get arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) infractions. They drink or consume mind-altering drugs before driving and then face jail time, fines and the loss of their driver’s licenses as a result. Often, those arrested on DUI allegations displayed obvious impairment at the wheel. They were erratic, they drove suspiciously slowly when…

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Things you give up when you plead guilty to DUI

You had a few drinks while you were out with your friends – and the misfortune of being stopped for a traffic violation on the way home. Now, you’re facing charges of driving under the influence (DUI). You don’t believe that you were in any way impaired at the time, but you really hate the idea of going through a…

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Consider this before pleading guilty to a DUI charge

If your driving makes a nearby police officer suspect that you have had too much to drink, they will probably pull you over to check. A police officer will ask you a few questions and then ask you to step out of the vehicle if they think your answers or your speech patterns indicate alcohol consumption. Once you are out…

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3 circumstances that increase DUI penalties in Pennsylvania

It is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher in Pennsylvania. Depending on your weight, you may reach this level with the consumption of as little as two alcoholic drinks. While the consequences for driving under the influence are clearly laid out in Pennsylvania law, some circumstances will increase the penalties you may…

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