Motorists in Pennsylvania and around the country who are charged with driving under the influence are usually taken into custody after breath tests reveal their blood alcohol concentrations to be .08% or higher, but questions have been raised about the reliability of toxicology evidence in drunk driving cases for years. A team of reporters from the New York Times recently investigated the way police departments in the United States conduct breath tests, and they found that most of the equipment used is extremely unreliable.
If you are headed out for a night on the town, you may have designated a driver who will sustain from drinking and ensure everyone in your group gets home safely. While this may seem like a good game plan and a safe option to keep drivers you from drinking and driving, it is not always fool-proof. In fact, studies show that even designated drivers are not completely sober and may put others at risk of becoming involved in a drunk driving accident.
If you are like most people in Pennsylvania, you have seen plenty of movies or television shows in which a person is asked to perform different tests by a police officer in order to determine if the person was drunk while driving. Commonly referred to as field sobriety tests, there are three different tests that are standardized for use by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, it is important to note that these tests do not and cannot prove that a driver is intoxicated. They can only indicate that a driver might be intoxicated.
If there is one image that has become the universal symbol of drunk driving, it is a person standing on the side of the road blowing into a hand-held breath measurement device. You are likely aware that in most states (Pennsylvania included) the legal blood-alcohol content limit is .08. Yet one question that many who come to see us here at the Marros Law Office have after having been arrested for driving under the influence is why do authorities rely on the breath measurement to determine the alcohol content in the blood?
Pennsylvanian residents who are suspected of driving under the influence will usually undergo a process in which the officer attempts to determine if an arrest is warranted. One of the first steps in this process is the field sobriety test.
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.
Underage drinking is a problem much more prevalent than many people realize. While lawmakers in Pennsylvania have worked hard to intervene and prevent or reduce the risks, there are still plenty of stories about people getting hurt or worse yet, killed because of an incident where one or more of the participants were drunk.
A school bus driver in eastern Pennsylvania allegedly abandoned 26 students inside the bus at a gas station last Friday after reportedly driving erratically. Authorities have since arrested the 44-year-old woman for driving under the influence, in addition to charges of careless and reckless driving, as well as child endangerment.
A Pennsylvania law enforcement officer who pulls a motorist over on suspicion of intoxication cannot force the motorist to take a breathalyzer test, but refusing to do so can get one into greater trouble due to implied consent laws.
If you have been convicted of a DUI in Pennsylvania, you may have been ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. In fact, Pennsylvania is one of 20 states in the nation that requires all DUI offenders to have interlock devices installed, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. This includes first time offenders who have no prior DUI convictions, as well as people who refuse to submit to a chemical test. What are ignition interlock devices and what are the regulations surrounding their use?