When a person is placed under arrest for driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, it is vital to understand everything encompassed within the allegations. There are multiple penalties and long-term consequences that can increase exponentially depending on the level of charges. If, for example, the person is charged with driving under the influence and fleeing law enforcement, it will be worse than a simple DUI charge. Regardless, having a competent and experienced criminal defense attorney is essential.
A 19-year-old man from New Hampshire was arrested in Pennsylvania for multiple charges related to DUI, fleeing law enforcement and resisting arrest. The incident occurred at after 9 p.m. when a Dodge Ram pickup went over the centerline on the road and headed straight for a police car. The state troopers proceeded to try and stop the pickup, but the driver did not stop. The chase continued for an estimated seven miles. Other law enforcement vehicles also joined in the pursuit. Eventually, the driver was stopped. The driver did not get out of the vehicle when he was ordered to do so and the officers stunned him with a Taser and arrested him.
When there is a DUI arrest and other charges such as evading law enforcement, there are numerous penalties that the person can face including jail time, fines, lost driving privileges and more. Any one of these factors can cause significant life changes, but in combination, it can be extensively problematic in a personal and professional way. No matter the circumstances, a person who was arrested and faces multiple charges should remember the importance of a strong legal defense.
The man arrested in this case is not from Pennsylvania making it important that he understand the laws of the state and have legal assistance from an attorney who has worked in the state and understands the ins and outs of the entire process. Given that he is charged with DUI, fleeing law enforcement and other charges, he must make sure to speak to an attorney about his situation as soon as possible.
Source: Pittsburgh.cbslocal.com, "19-Year-Old Tased By Troopers After Starting Car Chase While DUI," Dec. 2, 2017