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New DUI Law Goes Into Effect

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New DUI Law Goes Into Effect

In Pennsylvania, the new Drinking and Driving laws have become stiffer and can negatively impact you or your loved ones who have been charged with DUI. Governor Tom Wolf recently signed Act 153 to increase the penalties related to Driving Under the Influence (DUI), driving on a license suspended after a DUI and DUI accidents that result in death and/or personal injury. This amendment to the Pa. Vehicle Code means tougher and more severe penalties for certain Repeat Offenders.

Previously, all DUI offenses had been classified as misdemeanors and carried lighter penalties and sanctions. Under the new law signed by Governor Wolf, the state has established a felony for DUI in certain cases. Specifically, when someone has been charged with a third offense in ten (10) years with at least twice the legal limit for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or any fourth time offender will now result in a felony charge. The legal consequences under the new law also require longer jail time for a repeat DUI offender who unintentionally causes someone’s death.

If you or a loved one have been charged with DUI or believe you may be wrongfully charged with DUI, talk to a Pennsylvania attorney today at Gummo Law Office at 570-320-2880 to protect your rights and to discuss all your legal options.