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What are the penalties for underage DUI in Pennsylvania?

Because of the potentially harmful consequences, there are strict standards and serious penalties if you are caught drunk driving when you are under 21. Below are some key facts regarding underage DUI, one of the most common criminal charges for Pennsylvania college students.

Common myths about DUIs in Pennsylvania

If you are stopped at a DUI checkpoint or by law enforcement, it is important to know your rights and responsibilities. Many laypeople try to understand the complex DUI laws and give advice, but you should go back to the criminal code and information you get from the Department of Motor Vehicles. In 2002, one person was charged with DUI, even though he was just sitting in the driver's seat. Here are some of the common myths of DUIs that you should know before you drink and drive.

How diabetes can affect a breath test

Diabetes is a highly prevalent condition among Americans. A diabetic who begins experiencing low blood glucose levels while driving runs the risk of being stopped and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. The most common symptoms of low blood sugar include diminished coordination, distorted vision and confusion, all of which can create the impression of drunkenness. These symptoms make it difficult to pass the typical field sobriety test as well, leading to the administration of a breathalyzer. High blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, can also cause symptoms such as drowsiness and dizziness. It can also lead to false positives on the breathalyzer test.

How a DUI can affect your college student's future

If you have a child who is in college, you probably worry about his or her future, like many parents do. College presents a learning experience with many challenges, and the availability of alcohol may be one of them. If your child is charged with DUI, or driving under the influence, you may be worried about how a conviction could affect his or her life.

What to do if you get pulled over for a DUI over the holidays

During the holiday season, law enforcement increase DUI patrols and set up checkpoints across Pennsylvania. Even if you have only had one drink, it can be easy to panic and wonder what you can do when pulled over. If you have had too much to drink, it is even more important that you understand your rights.

Three good reasons to fight DUI charges

Soon, residents throughout Southeast Pennsylvania will ring in the unofficial start of summer and gather with family and friends to celebrate Memorial Day. Often, people like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two at backyard barbeques and gatherings and many also drive home afterwards.

3 Defenses To Drunk Driving

If you've been pulled over for drunk driving - and especially if you took the breath test and failed - you may thing your only option is to plead guilty. This is not true. There is always a way to defend yourself against DUI/DWI charges. Below are 3 common - and effective - defenses against drunk driving.

Pennsylvania man faces DUI charges after accident

Many people get, understandably, irate if they perceive that some of their constitutional rights are being violated. While most people are aware of their basic rights and would recognize a violation, those facing criminal charges may not be well-versed with the rights of those accused or suspected of a crime. One man in Pennsylvania who faces DUI charges will likely want to ensure that he is treated lawfully as he goes through the criminal process.

High school coach faces DUI charges in Pennsylvania

Sometimes, people do ill-advised things when they are panicked and in a rush. One high school football coached may have reacted this way after an alleged drunk driving incident in Pennsylvania. He is currently facing DUI charges after supposedly fleeing the site of a crash.

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