DUI Laws & Penalties
Laws: DUI Attorney Pittsburgh
Understanding the Limits
It is unlawful to drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.08%. The unlawful BAC level for minors is 0.02%. The unlawful BAC level for Commercial Truck Drivers is 0.04% if driving a commercial vehicle. Charges involving a BAC level over the legal limit are called “per se” charges. You don’t have to be over the legal limit, however, to be charged with DUI (i.e., “general impairment”). Click here to read more about penalties.
Possible Causes of DUI Charges
You can be charged with DUI after refusing to take a chemical test of your blood, breath, or urine. Or, you can also be charged with “general impairment”, where the police allege that you drank so much alcohol that it made you incapable of safe driving. The police typically rely on their own observations to prove this charge. Some of the arguments police might use against you include slurred speech, glassy eyes, slow movements, swaying when standing, or failure of field sobriety tests.
A person can also be charged with DUI while under the influence of drugs, and the term “drugs” can be very broad. It encompasses prescription and non-prescription drugs, illegal drugs, and substances that create a hallucinogenic effect, such as huffing gasoline or canned compressed dust cleaners. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has created a list of the minimum levels of controlled substances or metabolites thereof that are be considered to be unlawful. Since these levels are VERY low, it’s easy to wind up with a DUI charge even if you’re feeling no effect from drugs in your system.
Multiple DUI Charges
One of the most common questions I hear from my clients is, “why did I get two DUI’s?” You didn’t. It’s just one case, and typically, if you plead guilty, you will only be sentenced on one DUI charge.
Build Your Case
There are ways to challenge DUI charges. But, first, you need to look for the kind of DUI attorney Pittsburgh can trust. Call Pittsburgh DUI attorney Mike Sherman, a former Pennsylvania State Police attorney with over 30 years of experience, for a comprehensive analysis of your case. Mike, a Pittsburgh DUI attorney, literally wrote the book on Pennsylvania DUI law. He is the DUI attorney Pittsburgh drivers can depend on. You can put his experience to work for you today!
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