DUI With a Minor Passenger

The crackdown on people convicted of DUIs just became even more intense. On July 9, 2012, a person arrested for driving while intoxicated (DUI), when there is a minor occupant in the car will suffer enhanced DUI penalties on conviction.

Pennsylvania lawmakers created the new drinking-and-driving connected offense to further deter drunk drivers. Act 39, as it is called, makes it a first degree misdemeanor for anyone convicted of DUI who had a minor in the car as a passenger at the time of the arrest. This charge is in addition to the initial DUI charge. The law amends Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes that relate to vehicles.

Penalties for DUI When There Is a Person Under 18 in the Car

The new drunk-driving offense comes with it own set of steep consequences. A first-time conviction of DUI with a minor passenger, which is anyone under the age of 18, will cost at minimum $1000 in fines and a community service sentence of 100 hours. A second DUI conviction with a minor in the car will cost you a minimum of $2500 in fines along with a one to six month prison sentence.

Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr., Senate District 44, introduced the “minor in the car” bill. Prosecutors have long been inclined to seek steep penalties for those arrested for DUI with a child in the car. Now the law backs them up.

Those convicted of a DUI with a minor in the car will not be eligible for the Alternative Rehabilitative Disposition Program (ARD). ARD is a sentence diversion generally available, for people who are dealing with a first-time DUI conviction.

Talk With an Experienced Pennsylvania DUI Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested for DUI with a minor passenger in the car or are facing any other criminal charges, the law office of Laguna Reyes Maloney LLP can aggressively protect your rights and your freedom.

Please call to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney in our Harrisburg, PA, office: 717-233-5292. You may also email us to schedule your appointment.

Hate Crime Laws in Pennsylvania

Providing You with Information Relevant to the Defense of Your Case and Your Rights

In Pennsylvania, many crimes are made legally more serious when prosecutors deem that the alleged crime was a hate crime.

In recent years, several high-profile cases have resulted in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reducing the scope of our state’s hate crime laws. Still, many individuals facing criminal charges face hate crime charges when the alleged perpetrator is suspected of being motivated by bias against people for their sexual preference, national origin, gender, religion, race, ethnicity or political affiliation. For more information regarding Pennsylvania’s hate crime laws, visit the website PartnersAgainstHate.

If you face hate crime charges in Pennsylvania, contact the attorneys of Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP. We understand the frustration and confusion that can result when criminal charges involve allegations of a hate crime.

Have you been accused of committing a hate crime relating to an alleged assault on a minority? Were you charged with a hate crime just for sharing or spreading your views regarding an individual or a group of individuals?

The legal team at Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, includes experienced criminal defense attorneys and a former police officer. We have investigated hundreds of criminal cases and can question allegations relating to your motives in an alleged crime.

If you face hate crime charges, it is essential that you obtain qualified legal assistance in handling Pennsylvania’s complex laws and legal system and in fighting your charges. Our firm provides free initial consultations regarding any criminal charge. To discuss your concerns with an attorney at no charge, call 717-233-5292.

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