Month: November 2016

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How Does a DUI Affect Employment?

Conviction or not, one of the first emotions people feel when they are arrested and charged with DUI is fear. The fear is generally of the unknown. What is going to happen? What comes next? What will friends and family think? Is everyone going to find out? All of these questions run through a person’s mind, and they tend to run through the mind in a sort of jumble. There is little doubt that being arrested for any crime is stressful, especially if a person has never been on the wrong side of the law before.

In the days following an arrest, emotions become less sharp and other questions begin to surface. It is not unusual for people to begin looking toward both the immediate and distant future. People begin to wonder what will happen to life as they know it if they are convicted. One of the biggest concerns is their ability to maintain their job.Read More

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Can a Cold Get You a DUI?

It’s that time of year. The weather is changing — and changing rapidly. One day you are bundling up in layers and a down coat, and the next day you are wearing short sleeves and turning the furnace down. Thanks to the odd weather patterns, your body is stressed, and you wind up with a head cold. You have places to go and people to see. You certainly would rather stay in bed than get behind the wheel, but you have no choice.

Not so fast.

Most people don’t know that it is possible to be charged with driving under the influence without a drop of alcohol in your system. If you have a head cold and are taking prescription medication, you can be charged with DUI if you are found to be driving recklessly. It’s a misconception held by many that driving under the influence deals strictly with alcohol. A person can be charged with DUI after putting any type of mind or mood-altering substance into their body.Read More

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Can I Get a DUI on My ATV?

Picture in your mind a person charged with driving under the influence. What do you see? If you are like most people, you are picturing a car and maybe a driver speaking to a police officer through their window. Maybe you picture a car with a person participating in field sobriety tests alongside it. No matter what you see in your mind’s eye, chances are there is a car or truck involved.

You aren’t alone. When people think about being charged with driving under the influence, they typically think about their own vehicle.  Very few, if any, picture a tractor. Or a skateboard. Or an ATV. The truth of the matter is that a person can be charged with a DUI while operating all of these things provided they are doing so on a public roadway or public property.

When people ask us if they can really be charged with driving under the influence while driving an ATV in Pennsylvania, the answer we give is simple: Yes.Read More