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 …

The Consequences of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Recently, conservative columnist George Will wrote about how mandatory minimum sentences contribute to prison population increases and encourage those accused of crimes to forego their constitutional right to a jury trial.  You can read his article by clicking here. Rest assured that this problem exists at the state level as well.  Criminal defendants, especially in drug cases, often have to …