More Changes to PA’s DUI penalties?

Per the Philadelphia Inquirer, the state Senate may be proposing changes to Pennsylvania’s DUI laws that would stiffen penalties across the board.  Notably, these changes could include the immediate suspension of a driver’s license if the driver fails a field sobriety test and the imposition of ignition interlock devices for first-time offenders.

It looks like the Senate may also try to close what prosecutors call the Haag loophole, which affects the way prior DUI offenses are counted.  At present, a prior DUI event only counts as a conviction after the driver has been sentenced.  So if a driver is arrested for DUI on January 1, January 2, and January 3, he’s committed three first offenses, not a first, second, and third offense, because he wasn’t convicted of anything prior to his next DUI.

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