DUIs are nothing to take lightly. Being caught driving while under the influence can turn your life around for the worst. Despite thousands of DUIs happening around Pennsylvania every year, not everyone is as well-informed on DUIs as they should be.
Drinking is a common pastime, and that’s not going to change. Driving is also the most common form of transportation. DUIs will always be something we should protect ourselves from and keep ourselves from doing. To do that, we all need to be properly informed on what is considered a DUI and the types of DUIs someone can receive.
A DUI is a charge applied to people who drive while under the influence of substances. The most common substance is alcohol, but it is not the only substance that can result in a DUI. You can receive a DUI if you are caught driving under the influence of:
Not all substances of these types affect your mind, so they wouldn’t all lead to a DUI, but many do. Exact examples include morphine, painkillers, and marijuana because they affect your cognitive ability. Pennsylvania has a zero-tolerance policy for driving while under the influence, so it doesn’t matter what substance you took, if you’re not fit to drive, you will receive a DUI.
Because people drive under the influence of different substances and at different levels of intoxication, not all DUIs are made equal. There are several factors that can worsen the punishments for a DUI that you should be aware of. These include:
If you were hit by a drunk driver or your property was damaged by one, you want to first make sure you’re alright. Contact emergency services, and only if you are well, take pictures of the accident for the record. Once you’re healthy and safe, contact the injury law attorneys at Scartelli Olszewski P.C.
If you caused an accident or have been charged with a DUI, you need a criminal defense lawyer at your side as soon as possible. Contact Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. for a consultation on your situation with our criminal defense lawyers.
Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr., a shareholder and managing partner at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., brings 37 years of litigation experience. He is a renowned trial lawyer in Pennsylvania, specializing in medical malpractice, personal injury, and criminal defense. Peter's notable achievements include securing multi-million-dollar verdicts and serving as District Attorney and Judge. He is committed to community involvement and is actively engaged in various legal associations.
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