Year: 2020

The Difference Between Felony and Misdemeanor DUIs

Pennsylvania used to have some of the most lenient DUI laws in the country, but recent legislation in the Keystone State changed everything. Now, Pennsylvania has comparatively strict DUI laws, especially for repeat offenders. This makes it all the more important to know the difference between felony and misdemeanor charges. 

difference between felony and misdemeanorMost drunk driving arrests result in misdemeanor charges, but the implementation of recently-passed laws has led to harsher penalties and more felony charges in the state.

The most obvious difference between the two is that felonies carry stricter penalties than misdemeanors. Among other things, drunk drivers now have lengthier sentences, higher fines, and elevated penalties for vehicular homicide.

Misdemeanor or felony, handling these charges takes an experienced DUI attorney in Pennsylvania. Steven E. Kellis, Esq. is an award-winning DUI defense attorney who will work toward having your charges dismissed or reduced through a plea bargain. 

Keep reading to learn more, and then call Steven Kellis at (215) 543-6566 today.Read More

Drugged Driving in Pennsylvania

Prescription Opioids and Cars Don’t Mix

Even though the news cycle is currently dominated by the pandemic and societal issues, it’s hard to turn on the television or open a newspaper without hearing about a drug-related death or crime. 

According to America’s Health Rankings, Pennsylvania had a 25% increase in drug deaths in the 2018-2019 period. That is an increase of 185% since 2007.

Over the years, new channels of drug distribution and trafficking across Pennsylvania have led to higher rates of drug addiction, which leads to more cases of drugged driving.

One of the most dangerous drugs impacting Pennsylvanians is prescription opioids. The Pennsylvania Governor’s Highway Safety Association found that 45% of fatally injured drivers tested positive for drugs in 2016. More than half of those tested positive for opioids.

If you received a DUI or DWI charge in Pennsylvania, you need to hire an experienced drug defense lawyer to represent you and work to reduce your charges. … Read More

The Connection Between COVID-19 and Drunk Driving in Pennsylvania

Stress and COVID

Many Pennsylvanians are experiencing high levels of stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some deal with stress in a healthy and sustainable way, others are drinking heavily to numb their worries and fears. 

It’s common knowledge that stress and drinking go hand in hand. While a small amount of alcohol can help people relax in the short term, ongoing stress coupled with heavy alcohol use is a setup for disaster – especially if a person drinks and gets behind the wheel.

COVID and DUIs: Money

You should never drive drunk or under the influence of other substances. If you do, you’re not only putting yourself and others in danger, but you’re at risk of getting charged with a DUI offense. If you’re already struggling financially due to COVID-19, you’ll have even more trouble paying the bills, tickets, and fines related to a DUI.

Pennsylvania has a $300 minimum fine for first-time DUI offenders with a BAC threshold of 0.10.… Read More

dui checkpoint

What You Need to Know About Doylestown DUI Checkpoint Arrests

Like most areas of the U.S., Doylestown Township has a robust DUI checkpoint program. The city reserves the right to put up a checkpoint any time they deem a need for it. Most commonly, checkpoints will be set up on days when there is typically a spike in intoxicated driving, such as on a holiday or a popular getaway weekend.

Usually, the city will notify locals through a press release on the Doylestown Township Police Department website. Every time local precincts erect a DUI checkpoint, they must have a predetermined plan for executing the checkpoint, not discriminating against certain drivers or vehicles, ensuring tests for intoxication are valid, and to generally honor the rights of citizens.

If you are arrested at or near a DUI checkpoint, know that you have legal rights to defense. You can appoint a DUI defense lawyer in Doylestown to represent you and help you reduce or beat the charges.… Read More

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Can Police Give Me a DUI If I’m In My Own Driveway?

You’ve been out for a night on the town. You made the decision to drive yourself home. You’ve made it to your driveway and see a police car blocking your way out with its lights flashing. Your stomach drops but then you remember… you’re at home. There’s no way you can be in trouble now. Or can you?

Many people are under the mistaken belief that they can’t be charged for driving under the influence when they are in their own driveways. That may not necessarily be the case. Even if you are on your own property, you may be charged with driving under the influence. To illustrate this point, let’s take a look at some relevant factors, including a recent case that made its way to the Michigan Supreme Court.

No matter what circumstances may be affecting your case, it’s prudent to seek out the knowledge and advice of an experienced Pennsylvania DUI defense lawyer.Read More

Are the Penalties the Same for DUIs Involving Prescription Medication?

Many drivers are surprised to find out that the medicine they are legally prescribed can get them in the same amount of trouble as an illegal drug. In fact, it can be worse than having a few drinks before getting behind the wheel.

Working with an experienced Pennsylvania DUI attorney can help you fight your charges and avoid harsh penalties. Many DUI stops are conducted with critical mistakes, and other procedural errors can force prosecutors to drop or reduce charges. Your DUI lawyer can also help you seek a plea deal if no strong defense strategy is available.

Learn more about your options during a free, no-obligation case review with Steven E. Kellis. Call (215) 940-1200 or contact us online now to schedule your free case evaluation.

Driving on Prescription Meds Can Lead to Harsh DUI Penalties

The specific language of Pennsylvania’s DUI statute (P.S. § 3802(d)(2)) includes a provision for when a driver is, “under the influence of a drug or combination of drugs to a degree which impairs the individual’s ability to safely drive.”… Read More