Drunk Driving/D.U.I. Defense: General Information
I. What is DUI/DWI?
Driving under influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated/impaired (DWI) defines an offense committed when a driver operates a vehicle after the consumption of an intoxicant. Pennsylvania has one of the strictest laws and punishments for the offense of DUI/DWI. A person can be charged with a DUI for operating a motor vehicle in a state deemed by enforcement as "impaired" or with a blood alcohol content or breath alcohol concentration in excess of the statutory limit. Because the laws and penalties for violating Pennsylvania alcohol laws are so serious, it is essential that you speak with an experienced defense lawyer if you've been charged with a DUI/DWI offense.
II. Are DUI's only for driving under the influence of alcohol?
NO. A citizen driver in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can be charged for a DUI for operating a vehicle under the influence of any intoxicant. This means operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including those drugs prescribed to you or those you purchase over the counter.
III. What is the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit in Pennsylvania?
The BAC limit in Pennsylvania is any blood alcohol content level over 0.08%. For more information on the BAC limits in Pennsylvania, visit our Blood Alcohol Content page.
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