Pennsylvania State Police corral 5 drivers on DUI charges

During a week in mid-September, state troopers arrested five men for drunk driving. All of the arrests occurred in the evening or early morning hours. An arrest does not always mean the person will be convicted of DUI, but each of the men now faces DUI charges.

The maximum allowable blood alcohol content for drinking and driving is 0.08 percent in Pennsylvania. All five subjects were found to be intoxicated during the traffic stops, according to state troopers.

With more public attention than ever on the problem of driving while intoxicated, federal, state and local laws have tightened penalties for those who commit DUIs. Some of the potential consequences of drinking and driving include hefty fines, outpatient counseling, residential treatment, probation, loss of driver's license, installation of ignition interlock devices and time in custody. Every case differs, and the courts will consider a person's prior criminal history, the presence of others in the vehicle, blood alcohol levels, if the driver caused an accident and other factors when determining charges and sentencing.

An attorney with experience in Pennsylvania criminal cases can advocate on behalf of clients who are facing DUI charges. While some people might be inclined to simply plead guilty and move on, it is often useful to consult with a drunk driving defense attorney. There are many aspects of a given situation that can be examined to see if they were properly handled by arresting officers or other law enforcement personnel that could potentially change the outcome of a case.

Source: Bensalem Patch, "State Police Make Five DUI Arrests," Joe Hart, Sept. 17, 2012

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