Month: March 2014

DUI Driver Going Wrong-Way at High-Speed Crashes Into Police Vehicle

gtall1An accident only lasts a few seconds, but it can change lives forever. Just one instance of getting behind the wheel when intoxicated is all it takes. Everyone makes mistakes, and there is no driver who has never gotten into an accident. This reason, along with many others, is why the defendant in a DUI case needs the best defense possible. There is no such thing as a hopeless case when you have the right attorney at your side.

A young driver is being charged with DUI after he crashed into Philadelphia police vehicles at high speed while traveling the wrong way down the street. An officer was sent to the hospital as a result.

The driver was in a minivan, coming down Cumberland Street very quickly, according to a police captain on the scene. The minivan hit a parked car, and then bounced off that into the officer’s car, which then struck several other vehicles.… Read More

Colorado Launches ‘Drive High, Get a DUI’ Campaign

The EquinestThe legalization of marijuana has thrown a whole new wrinkle into the DUI laws across the state. There are many people who are not exactly sure where DUI laws stand when it comes to marijuana, or if there is a legal limit as there is with alcohol. Because many feel the drug is safer than alcohol, state groups have launched an ad campaign to be sure everyone knows driving high is just as much an offense as driving drunk.

The new ads take a lighthearted tone, but the subject is fairly serious. Even now, the police are developing new techniques to determine if someone is under the influence of marijuana, which will create a whole new group of people arrested for DUI.

The state and the Marijuana Industry Group have been working on these ads for quite some time, and they will soon be broadcast across the state. Marijuana sellers will also post them.… Read More

Former State Trooper Pleads Guilty for Role in Fatal DUI Accident

No one is immune to making mistakes. Training or education are great things, but even the smartest or most prepared of us make slips now and then. Sometimes, these mistakes cause legal trouble. Even those prepared to plead guilty need a good attorney to safeguard their rights, so they can recover and learn from these mistakes.

A former Pennsylvania state trooper is likely to be jailed for at least six months for his involvement in a deadly crash on the Turnpike near Plymouth Meeting some years ago. He was off-duty and intoxicated at the time of the accident.

The former trooper pleaded guilty to his charges — DUI and involuntary manslaughter — and received a sentence of almost two years in jail. The 42-year-old man was found to have more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood after his car collided with another driven by a 21-year-old woman.… Read More

Girl’s First Date Turns Into A Family’s Night of Tragedy

Daquella ManeraIt is a sad fact of life that tragedies often occur out of nowhere. One moment causes tragedy that lasts a lifetime. At times such as these, it is common to look for someone to blame and those accused of driving under the influence are the first targeted, sometimes even when they were not even behind the wheel when the tragedy happened.

A Stanton Heights man was charged with DUI after the death of his 12-year-old daughter, when his SUV ran her over. She had just returned from her first date, a movie with a young man who lived nearby. Her parents were dropping the boy off at his house when the tragedy happened.

Police accounts say the girl had gotten out of the family’s SUV so she could take some pictures to commemorate her first date. Her father got out of the SUV to take the pictures when the car began to roll backward.… Read More

Man Charged with DUI Homicide in Teen’s Death

Terrible tragedies occur when someone intoxicated gets behind the wheel of a car and such drivers are relentlessly prosecuted. Many feel they deserve no real trial and attempt to railroad them through the system. Fortunately, everyone in this country is innocent until proven guilty, and deserves a good defense, no matter what the accusation.

Charges have been filed in Delaware County regarding a crash in Clifton Heights that caused the death of a popular teenager and caused serious injuries to his friend. A 45-year-old Lansdowne man was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide DUI, along with other charges, for a crash which occurred in January 12. An 18-year-old, a university freshman, was killed and another critically injured.

According to the Delaware County district attorney, the driver was tested for drugs and came up positive for significant amounts of marijuana. The district attorney is convinced the drugs were a direct cause of the fatal accident.… Read More

Multiple DUI’s Should Not Stand in the Way of a Fair Trial

A DUI conviction can stay with a person for the rest of his or her life, let alone having multiple DUI convictions. The fact remains; however, that no matter how many times one has been troubled by DUI charges, that individual deserves a fair trial. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, which means every case has the benefit of the doubt. DUI penalties can be very stiff in most states, Pennsylvania included, not even counting the severe damage to the defendant’s reputation and livelihood.

A 47-year-old Delaware man has been picked up by police after sideswiping a police carearly one Sunday morning. The police car was parked by the side of the road when it was hit, and the driver was quickly taken in and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving. This made it his fourth offense for driving under the influence, after three previous convictions.… Read More

Two Drivers Possibly Charged with DUI in Rollover Crash

A moment of indiscretion can cause a lifetime of grief. A car accident is one thing, but someone who gets into an accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is looking at a long term in prison and a permanent record that may prevent employment opportunities and darken the reputation of the driver involved, even if no real damage was done.

Two drivers, both suspected of driving under the influence, were involved in a rollover crash on the Schuylkill Expressway in late February. They crashed in a tunnel, forcing authorities to briefly close the highway as the wreckage was cleared. One person involved in the accident was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and the police are expected to charge both drivers with DUI.

Even when there were no serious injuries or damages, a DUI conviction can cause severe damage to your life and reputation. Just like everyone else accused of a crime, you deserve the best possible defense.… Read More