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Pennsylvania to End Mandatory License Suspensions for Some Crimes

The Pennsylvania State Legislature recently passed House Bill 163, which will eliminate mandatory driver’s license suspensions in cases involving drug crimes that were not related to driving. The state had been one of only about a dozen left that would implement mandatory driver’s license suspensions in cases that had nothing to do with operating a […]

Activists Push for Pennsylvania to Stop Suspending Licenses for Non-Driving Offenses

In recent months, activists and those in the legal community have pushed Pennsylvania lawmakers to create legislation that would stop the suspension of licenses for individuals charged with offenses unrelated to driving. Currently mandatory license revocation applies to serious non-driving offenses such as drug crimes and failure to pay child support, but it can also […]

Pennsylvania Legislature to Consider Bills to End License Suspensions for Non-Driving Offenses

Certain criminal offenses, including many drug crimes, may lead to the loss or suspension of a driver’s license in Pennsylvania. For example, those convicted of drug offenses and who serve several months in prison could complete their sentences and still have their licenses under suspension. There are now several bills pending in the Pennsylvania legislature […]

Pennsylvania Allows for Restricted Driver’s License

If your driver’s license has been suspended as a result of a traffic violation conviction, it is possible to obtain a restricted license in its place. Licenses can be suspended due to accumulation of points or underage alcohol violations, which are instances in which you may be able to apply for a restricted license. If […]

Reckless Driving

Last summer’s horrendous fatal accident caused by a Pennsylvania driver in New York made the news in multiple states. Members of one family — a grandmother, mother, two daughters and their friend — were incinerated when their SUV exploded in flames. A tractor-trailer had slammed into the back of another vehicle, causing a chain-reaction collision […]

Protecting Your Commercial Drivers License When Charged with DUI

Commercial drivers arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Reading or the surrounding area face the potential loss of livelihood along with other severe DUI penalties. Pennsylvania has some of the toughest DUI laws when it comes to those with commercial driver’s licenses (CDL). The blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is lower for those […]

Field Sobriety and Breath Tests—What You Need to Know

The enforcement of laws pertaining to driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of drugs (DUI and DUID, respectively) are based on a scientific urine, breath, or blood test. Field sobriety tests — administered on-site, where the officer has pulled over the motorist — include both physical or cognitive tests, as […]

Can Your License Be Suspended for DUI?

One of the most severe penalties associated with a DUI (driving under the influence) conviction is the suspension of your license. Such suspensions occur under a number of different circumstances. First, anyone refusing chemical testing — Breathalyzer®, blood or urine testing — that tests for blood alcohol content receives a 12-month suspension of their driving […]

Pennsylvania and the Point System

Understanding license suspension To encourage safe driving habits and deter moving violations, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) maintains a record for each driver licensed in the state. Commonly called the point system[H1] , marks are added to that record if a driver is cited for moving violations.  Accumulation of excessive points results in graduated […]

Drunk Driving in Pennsylvania

Numbers count In over 1,000 collisions investigated by Pennsylvania State Police over the recent Thanksgiving holiday, ten people lost their lives and 326 people were injured. Four of those fatalities and 103 collisions were alcohol-related. In terms of arrests, in 2009, state troopers issued over 400 citations for driving under the influence (DUI) during the […]

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