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5 Things You Didn’t Know About DUIs

Most people associate getting a DUI (driving under the influence) penalty with drunk driving. However, this is not always the case. DUIs cover more than just alcohol and you don’t have to be driving to get one. Regardless of what your situation, consulting a lawyer is the most important first step. Only a trained professional can get you the advice and help that you need to deal with your charges.

  1. It’s not always alcohol. Driving under the influence doesn’t always mean you had alcohol in your system. In fact, this can also include prescription drugs, over the counter medications, and illegal substances. All of these can cause impairment and make you unsuitable to be driving. You could even pass a Breathalyzer, but failing a field sobriety test is enough for a conviction.
  2. It’s not always driving a car. You don’t have to be driving a car to get arrested. In some states, DUI laws include boats and bicycles.
  3. Take responsibility. In Pennsylvania, fleeing from a crash can result in a penalty of one-year suspension, a fine of $500 plus court fees, and possibly time in jail.
  4. You’ve already given consent to testing. All licensed drivers in Pennsylvania are under the Implied Consent law. This means that if you refuse to take a chemical test after being pulled over, your driving privileges will be automatically suspended for one year. This is valid even if you are found not guilty of driving under the influence.
  5. There might be a zero tolerance policy. Most states, including PA, have a zero tolerance policy for underage drivers. Traffic crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers in the US, and as a result the penalties are severe.

Regardless of the circumstances, the penalties for driving under the influence are severe and can include fines, license suspensions, and jail time. It’s important to have an attorney who can help you sort through your options and help you through this process. The consequences can seem overwhelming. Be sure you consult an experienced defense attorney before a preliminary hearing.