Can distracted driving add to your DUI charges?

Pennsylvania is a relatively strict state when it comes to driving laws. Distracted driving is highly punished, and so is driving while under the influence. But what about facing multiple charges? Marros Law Office is here to help if you find yourself in that situation.

In many states, distracted driving is considered to be reckless driving behavior. Reckless behaviors on the road can actually be categorized as misdemeanors, rather than simple infractions. Distracted driving in particular can include actions such as:

  • Texting while driving
  • Picking up something that has fallen to the floor while driving
  • Turning around to hold a conversation with another passenger in the back seat

These behaviors on their own can net you some hefty penalties. However, there are some cases in which you may be accused of both driving while under the influence, and engaging in distracted or reckless driving. In many states, driving under the influence is already considered to be a reckless behavior. Adding additional misdemeanors to your charge list can end up with you facing higher fines and longer possible jail sentences.

Longer-reaching consequences can include having your license suspended, having an ignition interlocking device placed on your vehicle, and losing commercial driver’s licenses you may have along with their corresponding jobs.

Are you facing charges of driving while under the influence? Take a look at our web page on drunk driving, linked here. You can take a look at what to expect as your case progresses, along with the potential penalties you could face if convicted.