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Criminal Defense Alert: Legislation Calls for Stronger DUI-Related Penalties

Lauren Dentone

By Lauren Dentone —

Senate Bill 961, currently pending approval, proposes to make third and subsequent, highest-tier Driving Under the Influence charges, a felony of the third degree in Pennsylvania. Currently, the maximum penalty in Pennsylvania for a Driving Under the Influence charge is a misdemeanor of the first degree.

“(4.1) An individual who violates section 3802(a)(1) where the individual refused testing of breath or chemical testing pursuant to a valid search warrant, court order or any other basis permissible by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Pennsylvania, or who violates section 3802(c) or (d) and who has two or more prior offenses commits a felony of the third degree.”

Lauren Dentone is a partner at Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, where her practice includes Criminal Defense and Litigation. Lauren can be reached at ldentone@gawthrop.com or 610-696-8225.

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