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Beer can be delivered with food in Pennsylvania

Beer can be delivered with food in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (LCB) has recently ruled that restaurants, grocery stores, pizza and sub shops, and other food and beer serving outlets to deliver up to two six packs of beers (up to 192 ounces.) The ruling comes with a few catches for both the retailer and the consumer. For instance, consumers ordering beer must pay by credit card over the phone, instead of handing money to the delivery person. Retailers must have a “transporter for hire license,” which can cost about $1,000, which depends on the type of establishment. Retailers with this license can transport up to 192 ounces (or just over two six packs of beer.) This license has been around for quite a while, and the ruling simply clarified that establishments selling food...

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department announces new DUI task force

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department announces new DUI task force

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department has announced the  formation of a new DUI task force this week. The impetus behind the creation of the task force was over 1,000 outstanding warrants for individuals who were either convicted of DUIs or just failed to show up for DUI judicial proceedings. District Attorney Risa Ferman explained that about a year ago, Judge Cheryl Austin was appointed to sit on the bench for the DUI court. She said the court was established after finding DUI cases were not given the priority they should be given. An issue that the district attorney’s office found was that while offenders were awaiting court hearings, they would pick up another DUI. PennDOT does not take away an offender’s license until he or she is convicted...

Lancaster County enforces new DUI repeat-offender program

Lancaster County enforces new DUI repeat-offender program

If a person is charged with DUI in Lancaster County, they might not feel like a lawbreaker right away with consequences not occurring until they go to court, which can be up to a year to year and a half after the incident. Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman has changed that with a new DUI repeat-offender program. Now police will deal with it right away, and suspected drunk drivers will be arrested and arraigned in court immediately. If they don’t take you to jail that day, you will be ordered not to drink and will have to wear a monitoring bracelet. “People who are on the monitoring system will have greater incentive to get their case resolved sooner because many people don’t want to have a bracelet,” Stedman said. Between...

Driving Under the Influence DUI for Riding a Lawn Mower

Driving Under the Influence DUI for Riding a Lawn Mower

Really. Late last week a western Pennsylvania man was charged with DUI drunk driving while possessing an open can of beer on a riding lawn mower.  Thomas Marrone, 55, was driving the mower along a highway at just before 1:30 am. According to police he had smelled of alcohol and had an open can of Coors Light. Marrone told the police he was driving home, which was approximately 6 miles away. Today the Westmoreland County District Attorney withdrew the charges of DUI driving under the influence and driving under an alcohol related...

Pennsylvania Politician Gets Jail for DUI Driving Under the Influence

Pennsylvania Politician Gets Jail for DUI Driving Under the Influence

A former state lawmaker from Lehigh County has been sentenced to at least three months in prison following his arrest for DUI driving under the influence and assaulting his wife. Former State Representative Joseph Brennan (D) was arrested in August 2012 after he punched and choked his wife at their home in Lehigh County, then drove away while under the influence of alcohol. This was his second DUI arrest in two years. He pleaded guilty to the domestic violence simple assault and driving under the influence charges, and was sentenced on Thursday. After a request from his wife, Brennan was able to avoid a jail sentence for the domestic violence simple assault charge. However, since this was his second DUI conviction in the last two years, he was sentenced to serve...

DUI Driving Under the Influence Breath Tests Thrown Out By Judge

DUI Driving Under the Influence Breath Tests Thrown Out By Judge

A Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas judge recently said breathalyzer machines aren’t accurate when determining the blood alcohol content for motorists charged with the state’s highest level of impairment in DUI drunk driving cases.  Dauphin County Common Pleas Court Judge Lawrence Clark Jr. recently ruled breathalyzers cannot be considered accurate beyond a blood alcohol reading of 0.15 percent or below 0.05 percent. In Pennsylvania, a driver is considered impaired with a blood alcohol level above .08. The judge’s ruling — which for now applies only to Dauphin County DUI cases — means the machines cannot be used to determine if a driver is drunk enough to be charged with the state’s highest level of impairment, which of course carries the...

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