Today a substantial change in DUI law took effect in Pennsylvania. For the first time in history, a person can be charged with a Felony for driving under the influence in Pennsylvania. Under the new law, any person who is charged with a DUI and has three or more DUI offenses within the past ten years will now be charged with a Felony of the third degree. Also, third time DUI offenders under certain circumstances, such as a minor being present in the vehicle, will also be charged with a Felony of the third degree. A felony of the third degree is punishable by up to seven (7) years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine. DUIs in Pennsylvania, even certain types of first offenses, continue to carry mandatory jail/prison time under the new law. As such seeking counsel immediately when charged with any type of DUI is imperative.
Commonwealth v. Olson, Supreme Court Grants Appeal
Recently I had a case certified for appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. It will be a landmark case in Pennsylvania for DUI law. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will be applying Birchfield v. North Dakota, a landmark United States Supreme Court case regarding DUI traffic stops and blood testing. The case will directly impact the way DUI’s are prosecuted in the state of Pennsylvania. I represent Mr. Olson, the Defendant in the case on appeal Commonwealth v. Olson. For more information about the case visit the following link: https://paablog.com/commonwealth-v-olson-allocatur-grant/.