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Pennsylvania woman facing drunk driving charges

A woman in Kittanning may be in danger of being charged following a traffic stop on Route 66. Pennsylvania State Police reportedly pulled over and arrested the woman on the night of Sept. 14. While they have not yet formally charged the woman with drunk driving, police spokespeople seem confident charges will soon be filed against her. 

According to the report, the 29-year-old woman, whose name has not been released publicly, was on Route 66 when she was pulled over by a Pennsylvania State Trooper. The trooper justified the stop by noting the woman's vehicle appeared to be weaving, though it is unclear whether this is the trooper's estimation of the situation or the report of eyewitnesses. The woman was pulled over just before 9 p.m. 

Woman faces drug charges in Pennsylvania

A 37-year-old Bronx woman is facing serious charges following her arrest by state troopers. Pennsylvania authorities arrested the woman -- who now faces drug charges -- after a routine traffic stop on Interstate 81. She was set to appear in court in the town of Kirkwood, following her release from police custody. 

According to the police report, state police saw the woman using a cell phone while driving along Interstate 81. Apparently, the woman initially refused to pull over, prompting police to follow her for some five miles, during which time she observed the legal speed limit. When officers pulled her over in Great Bend, they discovered that she was operating her vehicle without a license. 

Woman in Pennsylvania accused of drunk driving

A 22-year-old woman is facing a number of serious charges after she allegedly struck a group of partygoers on Sept. 5, according to local news sources. Pennsylvania police arrested the woman, who has been charged with drunk driving and aggravated assault. So far no court date has been announced in connection with this case.

Police say the woman was operating her vehicle in Point Breeze when she reportedly ran into a crowd of people who were holding a Labor Day block party. The woman maintains she was attempting to navigate around the crowd when her brakes failed. Regardless, she struck some eight people before her vehicle came to rest. Thankfully no one was seriously injured, but several people were taken to local hospitals with complaints of pain, bumps and bruises.

High BAC levels could lead to significant criminal penalties

Pennsylvania drivers know that drunk driving comes with a host of serious penalties, but these penalties can be even worse for people who have an excessively high blood alcohol concentration at the time of arrest. Even if it is your first offense, high BAC levels could increase the severity and impact of any penalties you are facing.

After a drunk driving arrest with high BAC as a factor, there is much at stake. Despite the serious nature of your situation, it is still possible to fight back and pursue a beneficial outcome to your situation. Building a strong defense can begin as soon as possible after an arrest. 

Criminal defense: Woman charged with child endangerment

A woman accused of abandoning her 14-month-old baby outside a bar is now facing charges, according to local sources. A Pennsylvania woman from Hazleton was arrested after police were called about a possible abandoned infant. If she has not done so already, she's likely in the process of securing criminal defense representation. 

Details about this bizarre case are still limited. However, it has been confirmed that the 18-year-old has been charged with public drunkenness, underage drinking and child endangerment after the events of Aug. 26. Police were conducting a saturation patrol of the neighborhood in conjunction with federal authorities when they found a woman sitting in a car in front of a bar with the accused woman's child. 

Appeals court rules cellphone warrant unconstitutionally broad

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit just ruled that a warrant to search a man's residence for his cellphone or other electronic devices was too broad to be constitutional. This places a firm limitation on so-called "fishing expeditions" by law enforcement.

The D.C. Circuit's opinions aren't officially the law in Pennsylvania, but the court is considered highly influential. For one, it is a common place presidents go to consider potential Supreme Court appointees, which means the opinions of these judges may someday hold sway nationwide. For another thing, the D.C. Circuit holds jurisdiction over much of what federal agencies do.

New law gives hope to those saddled with old convictions

Your drunk driving arrest seems like another lifetime ago, but the consequences continue to haunt you. Maybe you had to switch your college major or drop out altogether because of the institution's code of conduct. Maybe the conviction precluded you from continuing on the employment track you had planned. You may have missed many opportunities in the past decade because of that one mistake.

Fortunately, Pennsylvania has passed a new law providing hope for you and thousands of others who suffer similar consequences from convictions for minor crimes like DUI and shoplifting. Under certain circumstances, you can petition to have your conviction hidden from your public record.

Should first-time offenders worry about a DUI in Pennsylvania?

A drunk driving arrest is scary, especially for someone who has never been in trouble with the law or gotten a DUI before. If it is your first drunk driving offense, you may be confused as to what you are up against, but you would be wise to take your situation seriously. There are serious penalties associated with a conviction for a first-time DUI.

If you are facing drunk driving charges, you have the right to defend yourself, no matter what is in your criminal history. A guilty plea or conviction is never your only option, and you would be wise not to face your current situation without the help of an experienced Pennsylvania defense attorney.

What not to do if pulled over in Pennsylvania

It's a Friday night; you have been out with your friends. You know that there is alcohol on your breath and are driving slowly but steadily, staying in your lane.

You see the police lights flashing, signaling for you to pull over. And, it doesn't even surprise you. You are a straight A student, you never do anything wrong. 'Straight-laced', your friends call you. It just makes sense that the one time that you misbehave you get caught.

Wait! Don't plead guilty to that traffic violation ...

Know the consequences before you pay the ticket 

An officer issues a citation or summons for a traffic violation. Most people are inclined to pay the fine and "be done with it." Only it's not the end of the story. Pleading guilty to a traffic offense could lead to license suspension and other problems.

Before you pay the fine or head to court, you need to clearly understand the consequences. Talk to a lawyer who can explain those consequences and your options for fighting the ticket or negotiating a more favorable outcome.