As with many states, any individual driving under the influence of alcohol is subject to steep fines, jail time or revocation of a license. Though the consequences are dependent upon the number of offenses and the severity of the offense, there is no situation where a DUI charge is favorable.
Though a DUI case is unique to the individual involved, there are standard processes to expect if pulled over for possible drunk driving. A field sobriety test and breath test are key elements of determining DUI charges.
Few Pennsylvania drivers realize they are subject to the state’s Implied Consent Law. This law applies once a person receives a PA driver’s license. The driver maintains an agreement with the state that they will submit to blood alcohol content testing whenever requested by law enforcement. Refusing to take a breath test will cause an automatic one-year suspension of a license. Even if DUI charges do not materialize or there is a not guilty verdict, the suspension is still applicable as it comes directly from the PA DOT and not law enforcement.
The state code requires a breath test to include a minimum of two consecutive breath tests but a certified breath test operator. The lower of the two breath tests is the result used for prosecution. Under the law, the legal limit is 0.08% for BAC. The severity of the DUI charge depends on the test reading.
Knowing your responsibilities and your rights will make a difference when facing a possible DUI charge. The best advice for any situation is to avoid drunk driving and comply with law enforcement requests.