December marks the holiday season. It is a time for celebrating with family and friends. Often, holiday parties and celebrations involve alcohol.
Consequently, December is also National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The White House, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA) have teamed to observe this effort to combat drunk driving, drugged driving, and distracted driving.
According to NHTSA data, in 2010:
- More than 10,000 people died as a result of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents.
- 1 out of every 3 drivers killed in an automobile accident tested positive for drugs (including illicit, over-the-counter, or prescription drugs).
While consumption of beer, wine, and other spirits is not limited to the holiday season, an increase in alcohol misuse and abuse is often observed.
Drunk & Drugged Driving
The penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs are severe in Pennsylvania.
From a general standpoint, the consequences for a DUI conviction (by guilty verdict or plea) are tied to the presence and/or amount of drugs or alcohol in a person's blood or breath, as well as the number of prior DUI convictions. Absent a not guilty verdict or entry into a pretrial diversion program, even a first-time offender will face mandatory jail time, a mandatory driver's license suspension, and mandatory fines.
Where an accident and personal injury to another vehicle driver or passenger occurs, the penalties increase substantially. A person charged with offenses like Aggravated Assault by Vehicle While DUI or Homicide by Vehicle While DUI can face a significant state prison sentence.
DUI Defense Lawyer for Central & South Central PA
When you have been accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you have a lot on the line - your freedom, your driver's license, your livelihood. Not just any attorney will do. You need an experienced PA DUI Defense Lawyer.
Harrisburg DUI Defense Attorney Shawn Curry has helped people accused of drunk and drugged driving throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Attorney Curry has sustantial training and experience in DUI defense. He has obtained certification as an Instructor in Standard Field Sobriety Testing and an Evidentiary Technician. He has litigated driving under the influence cases through suppression hearings challenging illegal search & seizures, jury and non-jury trials, and appeals. Shawn has also worked with many people to implement strategies and negotiate pleas that restore and improve their life.
If you or someone you care about has been charged with impaired driving, contact an experienced and professional DUI Lawyer at Shawn Curry Law for a consultation today.