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Public Drunkenness: When One More is Too Much

bottles with alcoholA person can be convicted of public drunkenness if he appears “in any public place manifestly under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance…to the degree that he may endanger himself or other persons or property, or annoy persons in his vicinity.”

Unlike the charge of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), there is no defined blood-alcohol limit for intoxicants before someone can be cited for public drunkenness.  That is because there is no requirement in the law that police perform chemical analysis or other tests to determine whether a person is objectively under the influence of drugs or alcohol.   …Read more

Can Breathalyzer Phone Apps Tell Whether You Are Legally Drunk?

Breathalyzer Mobile AppsMore and more people are buying portable devices to test blood alcohol level. They’re small enough to fit in your pocket, and affordable, costing as little as $50. And they’re easy to use: plug them into your smartphone and blow to see your blood alcohol content on the spot.  The companies say these apps will help you make smart decisions. But police say they can be unreliable, and, in some cases, could lead to drunk driving.

NBC national investigative correspondent, Jeff Rossen looked at three such apps (Breathometer, Alcohoot, BACtrack Mobile) and compares them to official police Breathalyzers. …Read more

Ramifications for Furnishing Alcohol to Minors: THERE ARE MANY

underage drinkingUnderage drinking and providing minors with alcohol (or the means to get alcohol) are crimes in the state of Pennsylvania, and there’s a lot more to them than you probably think. Police and prosecutors take these offenses seriously, and there’s much more at stake than a slap on the wrist.

WARNING TO MINORS:

You should know, it is a crime for minors to purchase, possess, or consume alcohol, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1000. If a minor attempts to lie about their age or uses a fake ID to obtain alcohol, that is another offense (or offenses) punishable by up to one year in prison and fines up to $500. In addition to fines, probation, and/or jail, conviction for any of these crimes will also cause you to lose your driver’s license – for 90 days the first time, one year for the second, and two years for each time after that.

WARNING TO PARENTS: …Read more

Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll Parent’s Edition

Colorful medicins (tablets and capsules)Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll… no I am not referencing the 60’s – I am talking about your children. The necessary but awkward conversation all parents want to have with their children – Sex, Drugs, Drinking and Driving, Responsible Decisions and Bullying.

The struggle is how and when to have the ‘talk.’ Many parents dread the day they have to have any of the above talks with their children. Worse case is when a parent assumes their child is smart and knows not to do things that are illegal or wrong and never have the talk.

There are many organizations that help parents have the ‘talk’ offering suggestions, tips, examples and ways to approach a topic. …Read more