State College Criminal Defense Blog

When is speeding classified as reckless driving?

Most of us would like to identify ourselves as safe and careful drivers, but it is likely that there are occasionally times when we drive one or two miles above the legal speed limit. This might be because of an increased acceleration due to traveling down a hill, or just because we did not keep a close eye on our speed as we were traveling down the highway.

Minor violations of the legal speed limit usually go unpunished because they are not excessive enough to be detected, and they are not generally unsafe. However, when a car is driving five or more miles over the legal speed limit, there could be safety implications.

Legal limits on underage DUIs

As a driver under the age of 21, you have a higher risk of being involved in a car accident, whether under the influence of alcohol or not. Therefore, the law tries to limit these occurrences as much as possible by enforcing stricter rules for drivers under the age of 21.

Drivers over the age of 21 can only legally drive when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is below .08 percent. This is because studies show that actions become impaired once a person has a higher amount in their blood stream. If you are under the age of 21, you must have practically no alcohol in your system, and measure a BAC of .02 percent or less.

Can you defend against allegations of reckless driving?

Most everyone feels rushed and in a hurry at some point during their lives. For exceptionally busy individuals, these feelings may happen multiple times a day. If you find yourself in such a predicament, you may want to speed up some of your tasks in the hopes of squeezing in more productivity during the day. However, if you choose to speed while behind the wheel of a vehicle, your life could slow down in more ways than one.

In addition to speeding, many drivers often carry out questionable maneuvers as they try to get to their destinations more quickly. However, you could end up pulled over by a police officer, and not only will your day face delays as you discuss the scenario with the officer, you could face additional hurdles if you end up charged with reckless driving.

Your protections and on-campus violent assault

When an assault or violent interaction happens on-campus, the incident may be dealt with by campus officials before the police are involved. This can mean that victims of assault can feel concerned or worried that the incident that they unfortunately had to experience will not be taken care of appropriately.

As a student or prospective student, it is important that you understand how your college handles assault, fights and other complaints regarding campus-related crime. This is so that you are well-prepared for how the process functions if an incident does occur.

The different types of traffic tickets

When you are driving, there are many rules that you are obliged to follow by law. This is because you are privileged as a driver, and in addition, you have the potential to present many dangers to other drivers and pedestrians. Therefore, it is important that you obey all laws, so that you keep the road safe and avoid getting a ticket.

In addition to this, there are many different traffic tickets that you could acquire. Some have minor consequences consisting of a menial fine, but some could cost you your license or even send you to jail. The following are some of the most common traffic tickets.

College parties: Your rights when the police show up

When college students throw a house party, it is more than likely that someone underage will be consuming alcohol there, even if the person that is hosting it is under the age of 21 and does not intend to facilitate underage drinking.

As a college student you might be worried about throwing a house party in case the police show up and potentially find the existence of underage drinking at your party. The following is some information about your rights in the event of the police turning up to your party.

Are there exceptions for drug charges at college?

Being caught in the possession of drugs, with the intent to sell drugs, or being caught in the act of selling drugs is a serious crime. However, many students believe that they are safe to engage in this type of activity on campus, since they believe that the consequences of such activity is much more relaxed.

Although this might be somewhat true, it is extremely important that all college students know what the consequences of their actions in relation to drugs could mean for their future education and career prospects.

The consequences of drunk driving as a college student

As a college student, you may or may not be of drinking age, but you are likely to socialize and consume alcohol in groups of people that are both over and under the legal age of 21. Although it is illegal to drink under the age of 21 pretty much regardless of the circumstances, (one exception is if you are calling for medical assistance on behalf another underage drinker) you are unlikely to receive a harsher penalty than a citation and community service.

However, if you are found to be an underage drinker that is operating a vehicle while you have some alcohol in your system, the consequences can be devastating. It means that you are far more likely to get into a serious accident, causing harm to yourself and to others. In addition, the criminal penalties are also much more severe.

How much you know about DUI may influence your defense

Whether you're a currently enrolled student in State College or simply decided to hang out in Pennsylvania for a while after graduation to see if you might want to live here permanently, you likely already know that this town is well known for several things. For one, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn't heard about the Penn State football team.

It's also known as quite the party town; in fact, if you live on campus or recently earned your diploma, you might have been part of that scene yourself from time to time. Now that you're 21 or older, it's legal for you to purchase alcohol or imbibe; however, you must adhere to all traffic regulations and laws pertaining to drinking and driving. It's also crucial to remember that not all DUI incidents pertain to alcohol. A police officer might suspect you of being under the influence of drugs as well.

Texting and driving in Pennsylvania

Engaging in distracted driving is a broad term that refers to many different types of behaviors. Distracted driving is any type of behavior that prevents you from having full focus on the road and your safe driving. It may be talking on the phone, engaging with other people in the car and indeed texting while driving.

Texting and driving is responsible for many fatalities each year, and for these reasons, it is illegal. But how the law defines and prosecutes the act of texting and driving can be confusing. The law is in place primarily to deter drivers from risking their own and other people's lives for the sake of a text message. These are the consequences you can expect to face if you text and drive.

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