Underage Drinking and Driving

Underage drinking and driving is a serious charge. We have over 25 years of experience assisting clients. We also have a reputation for aggressively defending our clients’ rights and protecting their legal interests.

For additional information about our qualifications and high level of personalized attention, please visit our Firm Overview page. Also, we invite you to examine our Why You Should Retain a DUI Attorney page, for information on the benefits of retaining an experienced DUI lawyer, or contact us for a free phone consultation.

Why are people so adamant about teenage drinking and driving?
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers), a group made of many mothers who lost children because of an alcohol related accident, puts forth the following statistics:

Researchers found that teenage deaths in fatal car crashes dropped considerably – in some cases up to 28% – when the drinking age was changed from 18 to 21.
Like it or not, it is clear that more young people were killed on the highways when the drinking age was 18. Back in 1982, when many of the states had minimum drinking ages of 18, 55% of all fatal crashes involving youth drivers involved alcohol. Since then, the alcohol-related traffic fatality rate has been cut in half!
Research estimates that from 1975-2002 more than 21,000 lives have been saved.

Teenage Drinking and Driving Laws (drinking and driving penalties)
1) For a first offense, to:

(i) undergo imprisonment of not less than 48 consecutive hours nor more than six months;
(ii) pay a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $5,000;
(iii) attend an alcohol highway safety school approved by the department; and
(iv) comply with all drug and alcohol treatment requirements imposed under sections 3814 and 3815.
The penalties become much more severe for repeat offenses. In addition, a conviction can result in a one-year license suspension. If you are a parent, you may also experience a substantial increase in your insurance rates.

DUI Defense for CDL Holders

As a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, your livelihood is at risk when your driving rights are challenged. In addition to more stringent penalties, you can face a lifetime suspension of your commercial driver’s license for two DUI convictions, even if they were while driving your personal vehicle.

Attorney John W. Gibson defends commercial driver’s license holders charged with DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol) or DAI (driving after imbibing) in Pennsylvania.

Please examine our Why You Should Retain a DUI Attorney page for some of the benefits of retaining an experienced DUI lawyer. For additional information about our qualifications and high level of personalized attention, please visit our Firm Overview page, or contact us for a free phone consultation to discuss your CDL and DUI matter.

DUI Laws for CDL Holders
(f) Commercial or school vehicles.—An individual may not drive, operate or be in actual physical control of the movement of a commercial vehicle, school bus or school vehicle in any of the following circumstances:

(1) After the individual has imbibed a sufficient amount of alcohol such that the alcohol concentration in the individual’s blood or breath is:
(i) 0.04% or greater within two hours after the individual has driven, operated or been in actual physical control of the movement of a commercial vehicle other than a school bus or a school vehicle.
(ii) 0.02% or greater within two hours after the individual has driven, operated or been in actual physical control of the movement of a school bus or a school vehicle.
(2) After the individual has imbibed a sufficient amount of alcohol such that the individual is rendered incapable of safely driving, operating or being in actual physical control of the movement of the vehicle.
(3) While the individual is under the influence of a controlled substance or combination of controlled substances, as defined in section 1603 (relating to definitions).
(4) While the individual is under the combined influence of alcohol and a controlled substance or combination of controlled substances, as defined in section 1603.

Penalties for CDL Holders Convicted of DUI
For a first offense, to:

(i) undergo imprisonment of not less than 48 consecutive hours nor more than six months;
(ii) pay a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $5,000;
(iii) attend an alcohol highway safety school approved by the department; and
(iv) comply with all drug and alcohol treatment requirements imposed under sections 3814 and 3815.
Accelerated Rehabilitative Dispositions (ARD) are treated as convictions for the purpose of imposing CDL sanctions.

Two DUI convictions will result in a lifetime disqualification, and DUI convictions after September 30, 2005 involving personal vehicles are counted.

Debt Relief Attorney

Does financial strain have you at your wit’s end? Do you have a debt problem? Overwhelmed with debt? Are creditors harassing or threatening you?

Attorney John W. Gibson has over 25 years of experience representing clients throughout the communities in and around Downtown in need of debt relief services.

We understand your anxiety, and have the experience and compassion to provide you with the representation you seek. We are never judgmental, and will take the time to listen to and assess your situation and then offer experienced advice on your best course of action. For information about our firm, our qualifications, and the high level of personal attention we give every client, please visit our Firm Overview page.

Our Debt Relief Practice
Unlike many firms that focus solely on bankruptcy as a means of debt relief, we are a full-service consumer debt relief firm that provides the following debt relief services:

Negotiations Outside of Bankruptcy – If you like, we can negotiate a payment plan with your creditors outside of bankruptcy and can often provide favorable terms to facilitate a structured payment plan, unsecured debt consolidation, or debt settlement tailored to meet your specific needs.
Defending Collection and Foreclosure Suits – If you are being sued for a debt, harassed by a creditor, or threatened with foreclosure, we can help.
Credit Repair – We can assist you in repairing your credit and ensuring that credit agencies are accurately reporting your debts.
Consumer Bankruptcy – We can help you determine if filing bankruptcy would be beneficial and, if so, assist you in filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.