The different levels of DUI offenses in Pennsylvania vary based upon a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) within two hours of operating a vehicle. In the case of an accident involving DUI, prosecutors are required to prove that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol within two hours of the accident, but If a driver flees the scene of an accident, neither form of evidence is likely to be available.
Historically, impaired drivers in Bucks County and throughout Pennsylvania have been tempted to flee the scene of a crash in order to avoid the penalties associated with being involved in an accident while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, in spite of the fact that Pennsylvania law requires any person involved in an accident that causes injury or death to stop immediately and remain at the scene of the accident.
2014 Law Closes Loophole
A 2014 law passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature and signed by the Governor closed a loophole in Pennsylvania law that many believe encouraged people who were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) to flee the scene of an accident in certain situations. The bill’s supporters argued that drunk drivers had an incentive to flee the scene in order to avoid a DUI charge, but the new law, which took effect on August 29, 2014, increases the minimum penalty for fleeing the scene of a fatal automobile accident and removes any incentive to flee and closes the loophole.
DUI Law in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania law looks upon driving under the influence of alcohol as a major offense, and when the offender causes an accident that results in injuries, the consequences are even greater. If you have been charged with a DUI that led to an accident in which injuries were sustained, you are not facing a simple DUI charge and will need a strong defense. Bucks County DUI Attorney Steven Kellis has the experience and knowledge required to aggressively defend your rights against the serious charges you may face. Contact the law office of Steven Kellis to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case today.