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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...

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...

Bobby Brown Pleads Not Guilty to Third DUI Driving Under the Influence

Bobby Brown Pleads Not Guilty to Third DUI Driving Under the Influence

Bobby Brown pleaded not guilty to his third DUI arrest. The most recent two drunk driving arrests occurred within the last 7 months. The New Edition singer and former husband of late icon Whitney Houston entered the not guilty plea on Friday through his lawyer, opting to skip a personal court appearance. The judge accepted the plea and ordered Brown to attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings each week until the next court hearing. Brown was pulled over around 1 a.m. on October 24, 2012, for erratic driving in Tarzana, California. After detecting the odor of alcohol, the police asked that he exit his vehicle and take field sobriety tests, which he failed. Brown had previously been arrested in Los Angeles in March for talking on his cell phone while driving and...

No Jail Time for Multiple DUIs and Retail Thefts

No Jail Time for Multiple DUIs and Retail Thefts

The wife of Pennsylvania Budget Secretary Charles Zogby does not get jail time for 2 DUIs, shoplifting and fleeing and eluding police. On Tuesday a Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Judge sentenced the woman to probation instead of jail. Even though Zogby committed all her crimes within 2 year – including 2 DUIs within 3 months – all the convictions under the law are first offenses, instead of counting as repeat offenses that could result in prison. Zogby could have received jail time for the fleeing and eluding police offense, but instead received 3 years supervised probation. The fleeing and eluding resulted in Zogby’s first DUI arrest in July 2011 in Cumberland County, when police stopped her Volvo after a 10 minute pursuit by putting strips on...

Man Charged with 15th DUI Offense

Man Charged with 15th DUI Offense

A Chicago man was charged with at least his 15th DUI offense on October 20, 2012. “Why isn’t the man in jail,” you may ask yourself. He has been able to elude police for so long because he had multiple driver’s licenses with different identities. It is believed he used more than half-dozen aliases to accomplish his 15 DUI crime spree. The use of multiple driver’s license with different identities may work for while, but it eventually will be discovered. PennDOT uses facial recognition technology to analyze a driver’s photo and then make sure only one name is associated with that photo. Such a method would hopefully contribute towards the prevention of   someone being charged with a 15th DUI offense. But there is a time when...

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