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Pennsylvania cop faces drunk driving charges

Many Pennsylvanians may choose to blow off steam after work or catch up with friends over a cocktail, glass of wine or a beer. While drinking and driving don't mix, false accusations alleging that someone was driving under the influence of alcohol can have a negative impact on one's career and personal life.

A Pennsylvania police officer currently faces allegations that he was driving while intoxicated. Supposedly, the 19-year veteran of the police force struck another vehicle and did not stop. Following the alleged incident, the driver of the car that had been purportedly struck followed the accused's vehicle and called the police. The accused 43-year-old has been out of work as a police officer for several months following an injury suffered in the line of duty. He is now facing drunk driving charges.

In Pennsylvania, whether a person is considered to be driving under the influence depends on his or her age and occupation as well as his or her blood alcohol concentration. If under 21 years of age a BAC of .02 percent or above is considered under the influence. If 21 years of age or older, a BAC of .08 percent or above is considered under the influence. For commercial drivers, a BAC of .04 percent is considered under the influence. Police may use a blood or breath test to determine a driver's BAC. If a driver refuses to take such a test, the driver's license may be suspended for one year, if it is the first refusal. Generally, if a driver refuses to take a BAC test, he or she is considered guilty of driving while intoxicated.

Those facing drunk driving charges may feel overwhelmed or intimidated by the complicated laws surrounding drunk driving offenses. Fortunately, a strong defense could prevent the imposition of the most serious consequences or even lead to an acquittal.

Source: ABC 27, "SE Pa. police officer charged with DUI hit-run," Mar. 6, 2014

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