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“Have You Been Drinking?”: KNOW THE ANSWER

Routine traffic stop, pulled over, sobriety check point… what do you do if you have had a drink or two?

NOTE: Let us begin by saying that we do not advocate drinking and driving under any circumstances, but should you choose to have an alcoholic drink, know how to handle a traffic stop.

Traffic Stop and DrinkingIt is illegal to drink while driving, and it is illegal to drive while you are drunk – but the law permits you to drive after drinking alcohol as long as your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is below .08% and you are not impaired in such a way that you are unable to drive safely.

So if you get pulled over after having a glass of wine and the police officer asks you if you’ve been drinking, …Read more

Field Sobriety Testing: DO YOU KNOW THE PROCESS?

Would you know what will occur if pulled over for suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol?

Field Sobriety TestPolice are trained to detect signs of alcohol intoxication, using everything from the smell of alcohol on your breath to the sound of your voice to the look of your eyes. Police use involuntary cues to determine whether you’re intoxicated, so no matter how much you “practice”, you probably can’t conceal the fact that you’ve had a few too many.

If you are pulled over and the police believe that you have been drinking any alcohol at all, you will likely be asked to perform Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs). These are preliminary, roadside tests of coordination, balance and cognition that are used to determine whether a blood or breathalyzer test is necessary. …Read more

New Changes to Pennsylvania DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Law

On May 8, 2012, a new section was added to the Pennsylvania DUI Law. The
new section will become effective on July 6, 2012. As most people know, DUI Laws in
Pennsylvania are based upon a graduated penalty system. Under this system, the penalties
increase based upon the number of prior DUI’s and the level of alcohol or amount of drugs
found in the driver’s blood. This month the Legislature has increased the penalties based
upon another factor: the age of an occupant in the vehicle. …Read more