Tag Archives: Pennsylvania DUI News

Permalink to Pennsylvania Judge Finds Defendant Guilty of DUI Despite an Acquittal by the Jury?!

Pennsylvania Judge Finds Defendant Guilty of DUI Despite an Acquittal by the Jury?!

Recently a Pennsylvania judge found a defendant guilty of DUI even though the jury in the case acquitted her.  Twelve members of the jury sifted through the evidence and arrived at a unanimous decision- only to have the judge completely ignore their autonomy: DUI defendant who lost license acquitted by jury, convicted by judge Jessica […]

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Permalink to Pennsylvania Police Officer Admits to Lying in DUI Cases

Pennsylvania Police Officer Admits to Lying in DUI Cases

We all want to trust the police and see them as upright protectors of justice. While many police officers are very professional and take their responsibility very seriously, there are others who are corrupt and use unscrupulous tactics that harm the common citizen. Bad cops exist everywhere and there is no shortage of them in […]

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Permalink to Smartphone Apps Means Your Criminal Record in Everyone’s Pocket

Smartphone Apps Means Your Criminal Record in Everyone’s Pocket

A new smartphone app called “Docket in your Pocket” allows users to access Pennsylvania criminal records from their smartphone.  The description from their website: In today’s increasingly loose-knit society, we encounter people we barely know almost daily. Have you ever asked yourself how many of those people – maybe your new roommate, your next blind […]

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Permalink to DUI Cases in Philadelphia to be Re-tried Due to Bad Breathalyzer

DUI Cases in Philadelphia to be Re-tried Due to Bad Breathalyzer

[Blogger’s note and update 3/23/2011: We have been up-to-date on this developing story. The issue as far as we see it is going to effect literally thousands of convictions. The “issue” goes back to the switch over to the Intoxilyzer 8000 which occurred in September 2009.] When I tell people that I am a PA […]

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Permalink to Tougher Penalties for repeat Pennsylvania drunk drivers

Tougher Penalties for repeat Pennsylvania drunk drivers

A lot of politics surround the issue of DUI in PA. There are many powerful lobbies like MADD and the Pennsylvania DUI Association that are pushing for harsher penalties for DUI and have even proposed some legislation that, in essence, assumes that a suspect is guilty before they have had a chance in court. I […]

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Permalink to Do More DUI Arrests Mean Better Enforcement?

Do More DUI Arrests Mean Better Enforcement?

Central PA Town Sees Growing DUI Arrest Numbers but is this a Result of Better Enforcement? I have blogged before about the statistics game police play with PA DUI arrest numbers. An increased number of arrests does not mean that there is an improvement in DUI enforcement because- “More” does not always mean “Better.” Take […]

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Permalink to Officer Mistakes Rare Disease for DUI

Officer Mistakes Rare Disease for DUI

Sometimes people read my criticisms of the police in Pennsylvania and conclude that I am against them.  This is not true.  My criticisms stem from my belief that, as stewards of the law, police officers need to be trained extremely well so they can perform their duties properly.  It is actually my dream and fantasy […]

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Permalink to Pennsylvania State Police Violate Our Rights While Fishing for DUI

Pennsylvania State Police Violate Our Rights While Fishing for DUI

As a Pennsylvania DUI Lawyer and resident of this great state, just like everyone else, I too wish there were no DUI drivers on Pennsylvania roadways.  In my opinion, better education and training for Pennsylvania state and local police is the key to saving lives.  As it stands, the training police officers receive on drunk […]

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Permalink to Pennsylvania is Letting Criminals Walk

Pennsylvania is Letting Criminals Walk

One popular "solution" to the DUI problem is to toughen the laws and make harsher penalties.  Here in Pennsylvania, that still wouldn’t work because of shoddy police work.  All it will do is lead to more truly factually or legally not guilty citizens among us being convicted and punished.  Here is an investigation from last […]

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Permalink to Record Number of Pennsylvania DUI Arrests: A lot of Unanswered Questions

Record Number of Pennsylvania DUI Arrests: A lot of Unanswered Questions

A recent report from The Republican-Herald:   Pa. State Police make record number of DUI arrests HARRISBURG, Pa.—Pennsylvania State Police say they made a record number of DUI arrests last year while the number of alcohol-related fatalities dropped more than 10 percent. Commissioner Frank Pawlowski says troopers made 16,900 DUI arrests in 2009, a 4 […]

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