When facing charges for a DUI in Erie PA, having a strong defense can mean the difference between jail time and a criminal record and walking away with your dignity intact.
The short answer, in many instances, is probably not. The long answer as you might expect, is it depends. It depends on the county in which you were charged because in most instances the more rural the county the more likely the Commonwealth is to be seeking a penalty of incarceration.
A summary offense, even “Non-Traffic” summaries like Public Intoxication, Disorderly Conduct, and Harassment can be very different from criminal offenses which manifest themselves in the form of a Misdemeanor or a Felony. To be honest, jail is extremely unlikely for a non-traffic summary.
It’s 2017. The world today is very different than the one I or my parents grew up in. Hours spent playing cards, hide and go seek, and baseball have gone the way of the dinosaurs. Those activities have been replaced by our obsession with any one of a myriad of electronic devices.
Within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in order for law enforcement to search a vehicle they have generally needed to have both probable cause and exigent circumstances. That all changed in April of 2014. It’s a three year old case, but the impact the case has had on the criminal justice world has been significant.