People drink and drive daily. Sometimes, there are no consequences, but when pulled over and found intoxicated, whoever is driving the vehicle will be charged with a DUI.
Driving while under the effect of alcohol and drugs is extremely dangerous. You could end up causing an accident and killing someone as a result, or changing a person’s life (or yours) forever!
Here is everything that you should know about driving under the influence in Pennsylvania
Luckily, the state does not tolerate those who drink and drive. Pennsylvania is a state that is strict when it comes to its DUI laws. According to the law, if you are found driving a vehicle, you will be charged with a DUI. The list of vehicles includes:
- Riding lawn mowers
- Golf carts
If you are pulled over, the chances are that you will end up spending the night in jail. On top of that, you will have to pay certain fines and penalties and could get your driver’s license suspended.
The only way you can minimize the sentence or get away with a “first-time mistake” is by having an experienced attorney representing you. If you do not have one on speed dial, contact our offices today and speak with Pittsburgh DUI attorneys to learn more about your legal options and get all the help that you need.
What If You Are Not Driving the Car?
Even if you are just sitting behind the wheel, and having a few of your friends in the car, all celebrating and drinking, if spotted by the police, you could get a DUI even if your engine is OFF and you are not driving your vehicle. According to the Official PA Vehicle Code, “an individual may not drive, operate or be in actual physical control of the movement of a vehicle after imbibing a sufficient amount of alcohol.” Everyone sitting behind the wheel of a car is considered to be the one controlling the vehicle or the one “in actual physical control”. That person can and will be charged with a DUI, assuming they are above the legal limit. And yes, even if the vehicle is not moving, the law still applies.
What If a Minor Is Caught Behind The Wheel?
Even if a minor is drinking behind the wheel and not operating the car, there could be consequences. Several parties could be responsible in this case:
- The minor’s parents
- The person whose car was used
- The party that sold alcohol to the minors (selling alcohol to a minor is a third-degree misdemeanor, and is punishable by the law with up to one year of prison time plus the $2,500 fee).
Remember to phone DUI attorneys in Pittsburgh at SMA Law Group as soon as you are charged with a DUI, as they are the only ones who can help you. Be sure to call right away and increase your odds of walking away without a charge, or with a reduced penalty.