One of my goals with PADUIBlog.com is to give the citizens of Pennsylvania a place where they can turn to learn more about DUI laws in Pennsylvania, how to find the right DUI lawyer in PA, and what consequences a DUI conviction will have on their life. So far the feedback we have received has been phenomenal and I am very proud that this blog has gone a long way in answering many of the questions people have about DUI in Pennsylvania.
As the year 2010 arrives, I want to take this opportunity to highlight some of the posts on Pennsylvania DUI Blog during 2009.
Driving home late one night from Harrisburg Airport I was hoping that I wouldn’t get pulled over, even though I did not have a single drink. I have defended enough DUI cases in Pennsylvania to realize the unscientific and random nature of the arrests they make.
This posts is an important read for anyone who drives home late at night because you will learn that the people who know the law the most, are utterly terrified of being arrested by mistake. This is absolutely wrong and this happens because the police do not follow the proper guidelines and procedures. This leads to many false arrests and a lot of emotional trauma.
In our series Why Fight a DUI In PA, we put forth the legal consequences of a Pennsylvania DUI conviction as well as some of the effects that you might overlook. Most people are not aware of how a DUI conviction can effect something seemingly unrelated like your family vacation. In this post we take a look at how a DUI conviction effects you especially if you were planning on visiting Niagara Falls or any spot north of the border.
There are a lot of common misconceptions in relation to the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) which are used by the police to determine who they are going to arrest for a DUI. You know the straight line walk, one leg stand, and the eye tracking test. The question is are these tests effective indicators of who is guilty of a DUI and who isn’t? You will be surprised at how limited these tests are and how often the police botch them up leading to false DUI arrests.
I have dealt with a large number of Pennsylvania citizens who were charged with DUI. Often times, these people had no prior criminal record and did not know what to expect. It is this uncertainty that makes a DUI so emotional and traumatic. In this post I examine the 7 psychological stages of a DUI. If you or a loved one is facing a DUI you should know about these important emotional aspects and how to deal with them in a positive way.
I was recently at a DUI training seminar in Las Vegas with a number of top DUI Attorneys and Experts. CNN legal analyst Lisa Bloom was also in attendance. We sat down for interview to talk about DUI in Pennsylvania. In this interview we talk about the science and the technology in DUI prosecutions as well as the potential sources of error when it comes to breath and blood testing. Other topics such as Pennsylvania DUI expungement and Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) are discussed. The popular question of "Should I do the roadside tests?" is asked. Watch to hear the answer and the reasoning.
-Justin J. McShane, Esquire, Pennsylvania DUI Attorney
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