PA Strengthens DUI Penalties

Recently, the Pennsylvania General Assembly again modified the DUI law to strengthen penalties for repeat offenders.  You can view the text of the bill here. This bill accomplishes two things that we’ve addressed in prior postings.  One is closing the Musau loophole, which allowed folks who refused chemical testing on their second DUI to receive no more than a six-month maximum …

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 …

Bicycles, DUI, and the Importance of One Word

As reported by The Patriot-News, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued an interesting ruling this week that addresses a question we get more frequently than you might imagine:  can I get arrested for DUI while riding my bike?  The answer:  not only can you be arrested, but you have to submit to chemical testing as well. That’s right, you have …

Ignition Interlock Expansion?

Under an interesting proposal in the state Senate, first time DUI offenders would be given the option of installing an ignition interlock device on their vehicles for six months and keeping their driving privileges, or serving a year-long license suspension.  At present, there is no interlock option, so the suspension is automatic. Of course, interlock devices are not free, so …

Does McNeely impact PA’s DUI laws?

Earlier this week the U.S. Supreme Court held that the police cannot obtain BAC results without a warrant in every DUI case.  Some commentators, including the Allegheny County DA’s Office, quickly–and correctly–pointed out that this ruling won’t affect the majority of DUI cases brought in Pennsylvania.  The fact is that most DUI suspects agree to submit to blood tests when …