Recent Posts in DUI Category

  • Can I get a DUI for Smoking Pot?

    || 12-Dec-2013

    YES! Under Pennsylvania law, if you are driving a vehicle and if you get pulled over, then a police officer may request that you submit to a blood or urine test if he reasonably suspects you are impaired or if he has reasonable suspicion that you may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If the blood or urine test comes back positive for marijuana (any amount above 1ng/mL), then you are ...
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  • How Can I Get My Criminal Record Expunged?

    || 6-Jul-2012

    How can I get my criminal record expunged? Did you get an underage drinking offense? Want to get your DUI expunged from your record? Is a prior misdemeanor charge holding you back from getting hired by employers? In general, a criminal history record (criminal record) can be expunged when: 1. a person reaches 70 years old and hasn't had any criminal problems in 10 years; or 2. a person has ...
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  • School Board Member Charged with DUI

    || 8-Jan-2012

    Drinking and driving is one of the most serious and common criminal offenses in our country. Police officers are ever vigilent patrolling the streets to ensure that intoxicated drivers don't endanger the public and fellow motorists. Pennsylvania law establishes a.08% BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) threshold for criminal prosecution for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). The Scranton Times-Tribune ...
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  • When the floodgates of industry opened to tap the natural gas resources of the Pennsylvania landscape, many towns saw a massive influx of machinery, out-of-town workers, and trucks dramatically change what were once peaceful rural towns. With the large economic boom that ensued, so too did a rapid increase in raucous behavior and even a spike in criminal complaints. The United States has a long ...
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  • PA State Troopers: DUI "Strikeforce"

    || 19-Oct-2010

    In the past two years, state police have arrested 4,652 motorists for driving under the influence through the Checkpoint Strikeforce Program, started in October 2008. Originally intended to be a one-year program, the initiative was renewed in October 2009 and will be renewed again this year. Over 300 of these arrests have taken place in Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna, and Wayne Counties. According ...
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  • Seven Arrests at Taylor DUI Checkpoint

    || 6-Jul-2010

    The Lackawanna County DUI Task Force operated a DUI checkpoint in Taylor this past weekend that resulted in seven drunk driving arrests as well as several other charges and citations, according to the Times-Tribune. Often, people who are arrested under these kinds of circumstances do not hire an attorney because they feel that the evidence against them is overwhelming. However, even in the cases ...
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  • Mid Valley's Alcohol Use Policy in Conflict with State Law

    || 28-Apr-2010

    The Times-Tribune reports today that the Mid Valley School District's policy on bus drivers and alcohol use is different - and less strict - than state law permits. The conflict came to the fore recently after a driver was removed from his route while in transit when another adult in the vehicle smelled alcohol and intervened. School administrators responded to the scene but failed to notify ...
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  • DUI Lawyer in Wilkes-Barre, PA

    || 19-Apr-2010

    The Times Leader reports that after a two-year investigation, a Hazleton man scheduled for trial next month for killing a 25-year-old woman in a DUI-related accident has pled guilty to the charges against him. At the time of the crash, the man was allegedly traveling at nearly 30 mph over the legal speed limit and had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of.14 percent. In this case, no other cars were ...
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  • Scranton, Pennsylvania Drug Crime: DUID

    || 11-Apr-2010

    Most people know that driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) is a crime. What few recognize, however, is that driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is also a punishable Scranton, Pennsylvania DUI crime, as well as a crime in all 50 states. How states structure their DUID laws varies. In some states, law enforcement and prosectors must demonstrate that your illicit drug use caused ...
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  • Wilkes-Barre, PA DUI Lawyer

    || 29-Mar-2010

    OK, PA. Did you read the paper over the weekend? Did you catch the story about the man out near Punxatawney whom police arrested for public drunkenness because witnesses observed him trying to "raise" a "long-dead" opossum on the side of the road? Apparently, the man tried both occult and scientific means during his rescue - one witness alleged that he was gesturing as if ...
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  • Old Forge Gunman Arrested

    || 25-Jan-2010

    The Times-Tribune reports that Old Forge schools were shut down and several local roads closed this afternoon while police worked to apprehend an alleged gunman roaming in and out of the woods in a residential and business neighborhood near West Oak Street Cemetery. Thank goodness, Old Forge pizza production appears to have remained unaffected. In all seriousness, a man with a gun trying to escape ...
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  • Scranton Detective Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

    || 29-Dec-2009

    One of the Times-Tribune's most read stories today is that reporting a Scranton detective's arrest on suspicion of DUI. The detective, a city officer with over 30 years experience, allegedly was found in his unmarked police car armed, drunk and unconscious on Christmas Eve. While people and the press ponder this detective's predicament, the detective himself is likely experiencing ...
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  • Scranton, PA Drug DUI

    || 8-Nov-2009

    Though we hear warnings against drinking and driving this time of year, we rarely hear similar admonishments against driving under the influence of other drugs. This is unfortunate, because a Scranton, PA DUI - under the influence charges, alcohol or drugs, prescription or otherwise, or any combination thereof - is serious business. In Pennsylvania, persons found driving under the influence of ...
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  • Scranton, Pennsylvania DUI

    || 8-Nov-2009

    As the holiday season approaches, I want to take a moment to remind everyone of the serious damage drunk drivers can do. If you drink alcohol and get behind the wheel, then you are risking your own life and the lives of others. Even where you manage somehow not to cause an accident, you still risk Scranton, Pennsylvania DUI charges. If you are looking ahead to the holidays with concerns about ...
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  • Stroudsburg DUI

    || 12-Oct-2009

    Monroe County and state police mean business when it comes to Stroudsburg DUI. Just a couple days ago, the Pocono Record reported that the Monroe County Sheriff's Office was seeking help from the public in finding a local man who failed to show up for his arraignment on charges including DUI. Another recent article discussed local state troopers' participation in a statewide program ...
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  • DUI Lawyer Scranton

    || 12-Oct-2009

    Driving under the influence of alcohol - DUI - remains a pervasive problem in our area and throughout our state. For this reason, Pennsylvania legislators have proposed that judicial districts, with support from a statewide, court-appointed DUI court coordinator and an advisory committee, be permitted to establish DUI courts as a special criminal docket that admits defendants into alcohol ...
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  • Pocono DUI Charges

    || 8-Oct-2009

    You don't have to look very far to see how negatively drunk driving affects people's lives. From the victims of drunk driving accidents and the families of those victims, to the families of drunk drivers and the drivers themselves, DUI hurts everyone involved. A recent article in the Pocono Record brought this point home. A man in his fifties - a guy who had never had legal problems, a guy ...
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  • Wilkes-Barre DUI

    || 8-Oct-2009

    Wilkes University students publish a student newspaper, The Beacon, which recently made an excellent case in favor of Wilkes-Barre's need for establishing more DUI checkpoints near Public Square. Citing accident reports and local and national statistics, an opinion piece in the paper argued that checkpoints set up every weekend in the vicinity of the square would deter drunk drivers and, ...
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  • Schuylkill County DUI Homicide

    || 1-Oct-2009

    The Times Leader reports that police arrested a Schuylkill County man this past Tuesday and charged him with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence (DUI), accidents involving death, failure to notify law enforcement authorities of an accident, two counts of driving under the influence and several traffic violations. When drunk drivers become involved with accidents that result in ...
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  • Bringing Integrity to the Luzerne County Legal System

    || 14-Sep-2009

    Yesterday's Times Leader reported a story about Steve Flood, Luzerne County's former county controller, a man who called attention to the corruption of area judges and politicians long before their misdeeds were known and acknowledged by the public. Over the years, Flood was treated very poorly by the people whose behaviors he questioned, as well as by many county employees, politicians ...
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  • Economics, Education and Crime in Northeast Pennsylvania

    || 4-Sep-2009

    Today's Times-Tribune reports that at least ten preschools in Lackawanna, Wayne and Susquehanna counties have either remained closed or are on the verge of closing due to the state budget impasse. The article also discusses new research which suggests that kids who attend preschool are only half as likely to wind up in prison as kids who do not. The article then segues back to economics, with ...
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  • Stroudsburg, PA Criminal Defense Lawyer

    || 12-Aug-2009

    Why would a Stroudsburg, PA criminal defense lawyer blog about the Kiwanis Club of the Poconos - Daybreak? In this morning's Pocono Record, I saw that the organization is having an ongoing event at Borders in Stroudsburg. Through September 7th, customers can purchase books at the store and donate them in support of a local children's reading program. This is just one service that the ...
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  • Scranton Fugitive Captured, Facing Multiple Criminal Charges

    || 28-Jul-2009

    Did you hear about the Scranton fugitive who was recently captured and is now facing multiple criminal charges? Yesterday, parole agents captured Jonathon Waiters, a fugitive on the run, after he crashed into two vehicles in South Scranton while allegedly attempting to evade arrest for a parole violation. The Times-Tribune reported that Waiters is now charged with crimes including resisting ...
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  • Hazleton, Luzerne County, Immigration Crime

    || 20-Jul-2009

    Need help with Hazleton, Luzerne County, immigration crime charges? If so, then you are not alone. In 2006, Hazleton made national news when it passed its Illegal Immigration Relief Act, a law that discouraged hiring and renting to undocumented immigrants. In Hazleton, this mostly meant Latinos; the law had a chilling impact on the Latino community, including its many members who are American ...
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  • Scranton, PA Hit & Run Charges

    || 16-Jul-2009

    Earlier this week, I wrote about Charlotte Lewis' bicycle accident in Scranton, PA. I thought it might be helpful to follow up with additional information about Scranton, PA hit & run charges. When a person is operating a motor vehicle and becomes involved in an accident, he is required by law to stop and provide information to involved parties, as well as to provide assistance to anyone ...
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