4th of July DUI in Norristown?

Independence Day is one of the greatest days on the calendar. America’s birthday, celebrating the rights and freedoms given to us all those many years ago. Most 4th of July celebrations include BBQs, family and friends, cold beer, and fireworks, of course. But, sometimes things get a little out of hand, and the celebration turns sour after a DUI arrest. Entire blog →

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Bit By a Dog In California: Do I Have A Case?

Thousands of individuals are bit by dogs each year in the United States. The majority of these attacks by dogs do not cause serious injuries, but some do result in time lost wages, medical bills, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. If you have been attacked by a dog in California, you may be entitled to an award of damages from the dog’s owner (or their insurance company) to pay for the costs you incurred as a result of your dog bite injury. Entire blog →

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4 points for the 4th of July

This year the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday. The legal holiday is Friday so we all have a three day weekend. Enjoy your mid-summer mini-vacation. However, the very worst way you want to celebrate the Fourth of July is in jail because you have been arrested for a DUI.

Did you know that?
1. Increased DUI Checkpoints.
Every year, in our areas law enforcement set up more DUI checkpoints on this holiday. These checkpoints are legal, and everyone is stopped regardless of reasonable suspicion.
2. Night Time is The Worst Time.
Most summer holiday parties end at sun down. However, this is not the case on the Fourth of July.
According to NHTSA, drivers involved in fatal crashes on July 4, 2012, had rates of impairment 2.5 times higher at night than during the day. In Pennsylvania the minimum blood alcohol level is .08 percent. Also, remember that driving with illegal substances, including prescription medications may result in a DUI arrest.
3. DUI arrests nationwide significantly increase over the Fourth of July holiday.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 10,322 fatalities involving drunken driving in all of 2012. Surprisingly, from 2008 to 2012, 765 people died in Fourth of July drunken-driving crashes, accounting for about 40 percent of traffic fatalities during the five-year period.
4. You May Spend Some Extra Time in a Holding Cell.
A three day weekend is a welcomed respite for most of us. However, if you are arrest for DUI is could mean an extended weekend in jail. The legal holiday means that the court system is also not working or at less than full staff. If you are arrested at the beginning of three three-day Fourth of July weekend, you may not see a judge until Monday or Tuesday.
Enjoy your weekend. However, keep these facts in mind when you are behind the wheel or thinking of getting behind the wheel this Fourth of July.
If you are arrested, remember to call Fiore & Barber, LLC, your DUI team at 215.256.0205.

 

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Pennsylvania Legislature Slams Shut Loophole for DUI Offenses

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On October 27, 2014, Governor Tom Corbett signed legislation that will greatly affect punishment for certain DUI offenses.

Until this new legislation, subsequent DUI offenses were governed by the decision in Commonwealth v. Haig, 981 A.2d 902 (2009). In that case, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the actions of an individual subsequent to the DUI violation were beyond the scope of the prior offense provision during sentencing. In layman’s terms, this meant that an individual can be convicted as a first-time offender on multiple DUI arrests if those offenses were committed after the first violation.

Under the new amended law, the relevant recidivism time-period to the ten-year period before sentencing (not after violation) will be counted towards the prior offense grading and penalty. It also added the language “whether or not judgment of sentence has been imposed for the violation.” Therefore, going forward, a driver with multiple DUI offenses will be sentenced to much harsher penalties. This provision is effective 60 days from Monday, October 27.

To discuss this amendment or how it may affect your case, please contact Fiore & Barber, LLC.

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Don’t Let a DUI Ruin Your Halloween Celebration

This year, Halloween is on a Friday which means there may be a likely increase in the number of costumed revelers enjoying adult beverages. When Halloween and a Friday night combine, there can be an increase in DUI arrests. It is important to learn how to avoid getting a DUI so you can enjoy the party and costumes without facing harsh legal consequences or putting yourself and others in danger.

Designate a Driver

The first and foremost tip for Halloween partiers is to either rely on a cab or a designated driver to help you get to the parties and then home safely. However, this isn’t always an option as some people may unexpectedly find themselves behind the wheel after drinking. While this is never ideal, there are ways avoid getting arrested and posing for a mug shot rather than a costumed selfie.

It can be helpful to be aware that it is a Friday night and police will be patrolling after bars close. You can consciously avoid where police will logically be located. Also, be sure your car is in legally working condition. Police can’t just pull you over for no reason or based on a hunch that you may have left a party or bar. However, if your taillight is out or your registration is outdated, they can and will pull you over regardless of how cautious you may be driving.

If you or someone you know does make a mistake and receive a DUI over Halloween, then please reach out to our firm so that we can help you through this period.

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