Operating a vehicle after drinking is never a great idea, but mistakes do happen. And you may find yourself being pulled over by the police on suspicion of DUI. If this happens, it's important to know your rights and options under Pennsylvania law. As you probably...
3 reasons why you should never post about a motor vehicle accident on social media
On Behalf of John C. Lackatos, P.C. | Sep 30, 2022 | DUI Defense
Social media has revolutionized the way we express ourselves and share experiences with our family and friends. Websites and apps have replaced live interaction as a way to share news with friends and family. Instead of meeting up for coffee or drinks to share our...
11 is the magic number in the Pennsylvania points system
On Behalf of John C. Lackatos, P.C. | Sep 19, 2022 | DUI Defense
When drivers receive moving violations, they pay fines and acquire points on their driving records. These points help the state monitor habitually bad drivers. Points accumulate over time, and drivers may suddenly find themselves without a license if they get too...
Can I say no if the police ask to search my car?
by John C. Lackatos, P.C. | Jun 17, 2021 | Criminal Defense, DUI Defense
If the police pull you over for any reason, it can be a nerve-wracking experience, and even more so if they ask to search your car. Are they simply asking to be polite, and will search your car no matter what your answer is? And can you rightfully say no? Your Fourth...
Are DUI checkpoints legal in Pennsylvania?
John C. Lackatos, P.C. | Jun 2, 2021 | DUI Defense
With Memorial Day weekend coming up (or recently past, depending on when you read this), police departments throughout Pennsylvania are announcing that they will be setting up DUI checkpoints across the commonwealth. After the last 15 months or so, law enforcement may...
How accurate are DUI breathalyzer tests?
On Behalf of John C. Lackatos, P.C. | Feb 17, 2021 | DUI Defense
When police arrest you for drunk driving, a lot of questions go through your mind. Will you have to spend more than one night in jail? What other penalties might you face? How will a DUI conviction impact your life? One question you may not ponder is if the...
Defenses against DUI charges
On Behalf of John C. Lackatos, P.C. | Nov 5, 2020 | DUI Defense
In Pennsylvania, a DUI conviction can come with considerable consequences. A first offense can result in months of probation, hundreds of dollars in fines, and DUI classes and alcohol treatment. When higher tier charges can result in the permanent loss of a license,...
Can I refuse to take a field sobriety test in Pennsylvania?
On Behalf of John C. Lackatos, P.C. | Jun 25, 2020 | DUI Defense
A fun night out can quickly turn into a stressful, potentially life-changing encounter if you get pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence. While panic may set in as soon as you see the red-and-blue lights start flashing, it’s important to keep a cool...
DUI arrests don’t stop after the holidays
On Behalf of John C. Lackatos, P.C. | Jan 21, 2020 | DUI Defense
The holidays may be over, but that doesn't mean that law enforcement agencies will be letting up on their efforts to arrest drunk drivers. The parties and gatherings may have slowed, but officers' commitment to crack down on DUI remains strong. Here are some ways you...
Is it possible to defend against DUI charges?
On Behalf of John C. Lackatos, P.C. | May 9, 2019 | DUI Defense
Whether Pennsylvania residents realize it or not, driving is an essential part of their daily lives. Without a driver's license, it is more difficult to get to work, get groceries, pick up children from school and even get a bite to eat from the corner restaurant....
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