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Are field sobriety tests part of every drunk driving arrest?

Being pulled over by the police is rarely a good experience, but it can be especially stressful when a person is accused of driving under the influence. When Pennsylvania police believe that someone is drunk driving, they will usually ask that he or she participate in a series of field sobriety tests. These are a series of physical and verbal tasks that most people will be asked to undergo before determining if more advanced testing -- such as a Breathalyzer -- is necessary, or if there is probable cause for an arrest.

Underage drunk driving has serious consequences

In order to receive a Pennsylvania driver's license, individuals must not only demonstrate the ability to safely driver a motor vehicle, but also a basic knowledge of the laws that govern the road, including DUI laws. However, everyone makes mistakes, and a person's life should not be derailed by one misstep along the way. Nevertheless, penalties can be especially severe for underaged drivers facing drunk driving charges.

Drunk driving consequences dependent on BAC

All DUI charges are serious and should be treated as such, but the severity of potential consequences can vary. Pennsylvania takes a tiered approach to drunk driving, with three different levels based on a person's blood-alcohol content at the time of their arrest. The three levels are general impairment, high BAC and highest BAC, with penalties varying greatly even for first-time offenders.

New court ruling may impact other drunk driving cases

If a person is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, a blood alcohol test may be requested by authorities. Although suspects have the right to refuse a blood draw, a refusal could result in a suspension of their driver's license in addition to other consequences. If a suspect is unconscious, they no longer have the ability to refuse the blood test, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled that authorities must obtain a warrant to perform a blood draw on anyone unresponsive. Drunk driving cases across the state may be impacted by the ruling.

What to do if stopped by police

There may be occasions when you are the subject of a law enforcement investigation. This can occur if you are stopped in your car. It can occur as the result of an accusation being made by another. If you believe that you are the subject of a law enforcement investigation, there are certain steps that you should take to protect yourself.

The dangers and criminal consequences of drunk driving

Pretty much everyone knows that driving while under the influence of alcohol is not the best thing to do. It puts one's own life in danger and places other lives at risk. However, simply knowing this has done little to deter drunk driving incidents in Pennsylvania or elsewhere.

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