Despite the earnest efforts of anti-drug activists, law enforcement officers and prosecutors, drug use and sales continue to be problems in the United States. At the same time, the U.S. has more people behind bars per capita than any other nation on earth by a pretty wide margin. Keeping as many people in prison as America does, however, is costly. Not only does it cost a tremendous amount to incarcerate, guard, monitor, feed, clothe and house that many people; but it's also costly in human terms.
With state after state legalizing marijuana possession for at least some purposes, it can feel like partaking in a little weed isn't a big deal anymore. Even though Pennsylvania hasn't legalized pot for any purpose, possession of a small amount of marijuana -- defined as 30 grams, or just over an ounce -- is often charged as a misdemeanor with very limited penalties.
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.
Being accused of a crime can have a devastating effect on a person's life, especially if the state gains a conviction. The implications of a conviction for drunk driving charges can prevent one from not only driving a car, but obtaining employment and desired housing as well. In addition to suspended driving privileges and fines, Pennsylvania laws also dictate prison time for repeat offenders within a certain time period.
Sometimes, people find themselves in situations and don't necessarily have the ability or the coping mechanisms to make the right choices. One Pennsylvania man who may struggle with alcohol addiction has just been convicted on drunk driving charges for the eighth time in 10 years. It was his 12 DUI conviction overall.
There can be a great deal of consequences for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Intoxicated driving is against the law in Pennsylvania, just as it is across the country. However, people are sometimes arrested and falsely given DUI charges. This is one reason why the American judicial system holds prosecutors to a high burden of proof in attempting to convict accused individuals.