How a DUI Can Affect Your College Career

How a DUI Can Affect Your College Career

FAST FACTS

  • 39% of traffic deaths in Pennsylvania involve at least one impaired driver.
  • 1,825 college students die each year as a result of drinking and driving.
  • More than 3 million college students report having driven under the influence of alcohol.

When you go to college, you’re going to spend your days attending classes and hitting the books. You may even work part- or full-time while you attend school. College can be a stressful time, and you’re sure to be under pressure.

One way you may choose to relieve your stress is to hit the town or go to a party with friends. Unfortunately, many young adults make poor choices when it comes to drinking and driving. If you’re someone who enjoys a drink, be careful — here’s how a DUI in Pennsylvania can ruin your college career.

The Immediate Consequences of a DUI

Being arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol has immediate consequences.Read More

10 Things You Could Buy with the Money You'd Have to Spend on a DUI

10 Things You Could Buy with the Money You’d Have to Spend on a DUI

FAST FACTS

  • In 2016, there were 297 alcohol-related fatalities on Pennsylvania roads.
  • More than 9,000 people involved in crashes were found to be impaired.
  • 25% of traffic fatalities were alcohol-related.

When a person is convicted of driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, they face a series of penalties. Jail time, license suspensions, fines and court costs all make a DUI conviction something to be avoided.

The minimum fine for a first time DUI conviction is $300. To put that in perspective, we’ve put together a list of things you could spend that kind of money on that could bring joy to your life.

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1. Season Passes

If you live in Pennsylvania, you have access to parks like Kennywood and Hershey. Your neighbor, Ohio, has one of the most popular amusement parks in the midwest: Cedar Point.

For $300, you could buy two premium season passes to Kennywood, a season pass to Hershey Park and a couple tickets for your friends, or two season passes to Cedar Point.Read More

Can Uber Actually Reduce DUIs in Pennsylvania

Can Uber Actually Reduce DUIs in Pennsylvania?

FAST FACTS

  • 4,663 people were killed in drunk-driving related crashes in Pennsylvania between 2003 and 2012.
  • Men were more likely to be involved in fatal accidents in 2012.
  • 1.8 percent of drivers admitted to operating their vehicle after having drank too much.

Drunk driving remains a problem, despite campaigns to curtail the behavior. In the state of Pennsylvania, a driver is considered too impaired to drive once their blood alcohol content reaches 0.8 percent or higher.

For some people, this means a few drinks consumed within a couple of hours. For others, it means only one or two. There are too many variables when it comes to blood alcohol content to know how high you will register. The best idea is this: If you have a single adult beverage, don’t drive.

Many people claim that they have driven while impaired simply because they had no other way to get home. While this may have been true in the past, ride sharing services like Uber make catching a ride home and then back to your car in the morning as easy as tapping your phone.Read More

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How a Pennsylvania DUI Goes Through the Court System

It is stressful when you are forced to deal with the unknown. Being charged with DUI for the first time means that you will be facing several unknowns. You not only have to deal with the anxiety of being charged with a crime, but the upcoming court process. While a DUI is certainly a serious charge, it may help to ease your fears by knowing what you are about to go through.

The court process for anyone charged with a DUI in Pennsylvania follows a typical set of steps. Your path may differ from the norm, of course, but there are certain things you can reasonably expect to happen.

1. Charges

The very first thing to happen is the traffic stop. You may have already gone through this or know someone who has. A police officer pulls you over, you are asked to submit to a set of tests and placed under arrest.Read More

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How Long Does a DUI in Pennsylvania Stay on My Record?

Being charged with driving under the influence in Pennsylvania can potentially ruin your life. It will show up on any background check for loan approvals, rental agreements and job searches. You may not be able to drive for a while, and you may be forced to install an ignition interlock device into your car. The worst news is that DUI’s almost never come off your record.

In Pennsylvania, a DUI conviction will almost always stay on your record forever. No matter where you go in the United States, your DUI will follow you, thanks to the National Driving Registry. This system notifies any department of driver services that you have a suspended license and/or that you have a DUI on your record. Dealing with this hassle is just one of the many consequences of drunk driving. However, it may be possible to have your conviction stricken from your record.

Pennsylvania’s DUI Punishments

Getting a DUI for the first time in Pennsylvania carries much less severe consequences than it does in other states.Read More

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Penalties for 1st, 2nd and 3rd DUI in Pennsylvania

Everyone can make mistakes, but in the eyes of the law, driving under the influence cannot be dismissed with a simple slap on the wrist. Therefore, many states, including Pennsylvania, have come up with harsh ways to punish those convicted of DUI. These states hope that their harsh punishments will deter others from making the same decisions.

While the punishments for a first offense can be deemed somewhat extreme, the laws for subsequent convictions give more severe consequences. These laws are in place to keep people from becoming repeat offenders.

While these laws are meant to protect people, they can be exercised overzealously by prosecutors and judges. Certain people, some who are facing unfair charges or did not receive due process, may be treated in the same manner as those who have clearly committed an infraction. No matter the reason for your arrest, you have the right to hire an experienced Pennsylvania DUI attorney to defend your rights.Read More

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Refusal of a Chemical Test in Pennsylvania

When you put your signature on your Pennsylvania driver’s license, you are giving implied consent. This means you are stating you will submit to a chemical test should you ever be pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence. If you refuse to take a breath test or will not submit a blood or urine sample for analysis, you are subject to other charges and potential penalties, if convicted.

Operation Versus Physical Control

Within the state, operation and physical control of a vehicle are different, but not necessarily in the eyes of the law. The way the DUI statute is written, you only need to be able to make the vehicle move in order to be charged with the offense.

For example: You realize you have had too much to drink and don’t believe that it is safe to continue driving. You do the right thing and pull into a shopping center’s parking lot to wait until you believe you are sober enough to drive.Read More

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Don’t Get a DUI On Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day may not be on your radar just yet, but it’s only a few weeks away. If you want to impress your partner with your forethought and ability to plan an amazing night out, you really should start thinking about making plans.

Whether you decide on an intimate dinner for two or a loud, raucous night on the town, one thing that surely won’t impress your significant other is your earning a driving under the influence charge. There is no quicker way to ruin your night than being pulled over — and possibly arrested — by the police. The good news is that you can avoid it. Here’s how:

1. Stay In

Who says you have to make a big splash in downtown Philly for the evening? It may be far more romantic to cook a dinner for two at home, share a bottle of wine and settle in for a great movie.Read More

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How the Federal Decision About Marijuana Affects You

A memo from the Obama-era administration outlined a hands-off approach when it came to dealing with legalized marijuana programs within different states. In other words, federal agencies were not forbidden to, but discouraged from, pursuing certain charges against people who possessed, used or cultivated marijuana in these states as long as they were following state law.

Attorney Jeff Sessions recently made a decision to rescind that protection and it could affect people in Pennsylvania, California, Colorado and several other states.

How This Could Affect Pennsylvanians

Medical marijuana was only recently made legal in Pennsylvania. Under the current program in the state, people with one or more of 17 qualifying conditions may be prescribed marijuana in oil, pill or ointment form. While the program is not yet in full implementation, it has taken numerous steps in getting there. Pennsylvania has set up temporary regulations, issued permits for dispensaries and growers, launched a practitioner registry and registered patients.Read More

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution to Reduce Drinking

The New Year has begun and you made a decision to start it off right. You’ve made a resolution to stop drinking. Whether you’ve done it because you were drinking a bit too much or simply to become a healthier version of you, it’s a resolution that can be hard to stick with. Here are some tips to help you out.

1. Dry January

Participate in dry January. Giving yourself a goal of not drinking for 30 days is far more attainable than saying you won’t drink forever. Once you hit the 30 day mark, studies show that you have developed new habits and will find it easier to say no to a drink in the future.

Even if you find yourself accepting a drink and falling off the wagon so-to-speak, you can get right back on. Don’t think of yourself as a failure because you didn’t make it to 30 days.Read More