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Miranda warnings are required by law

When people in Pennsylvania are accused and arrested on criminal charges, police have the obligation to inform them of their constitutional rights against self-incrimination. These Fifth Amendment rights have been distilled into a standard Miranda warning, named after the 1966 Supreme Court case that mandated its usage nationwide. The words are familiar to many, whether through personal experience or through their propagation in television and movie police dramas. Miranda warnings advise people of their right to remain silent, that anything they say can be used against them in court, of their right to an attorney and that one will be appointed for those who cannot afford to pay for an attorney.

Pennsylvania DUI rates in nationwide comparison

In one study of drunk driving rates nationwide, Pennsylvania fell in the middle of the pack. Compiling information from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and federal crime reports, a drug testing firm ranked states to determine the frequency of DUI incidents. In 2018, Pennsylvania came in 24th for DUI arrests. For every 100,000 state residents, there were 346.8 arrests for drunk driving. Fewer people have been accused of DUI in recent years, with an 8.3% decrease in arrests from 2014 and a sharper 18.4% fall since 2009.

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