A man was Georgetown was arrested by Delaware State Police after they found that this was his driving drunk arrest for the 7th time. That was the number of times he was caught driving under the influence. He was not mindful of all the previous arrests and fines he paid.

It happened again last night when a trooper viewed a Dodge red Dakota traveling south along the left turn lane of North DuPont  Blvd. He saw that the car was running a red light and hurriedly turning onto North Bedford St.

The trooper asked the pick-up truck to pull over and smelled a strong odor of alcohol on the driver. Darren McGrath, age 59, resident of Georgetown, and  he was now under a DUI investigation.

Trooper 4 took McGrath back to police station in Georgetown where he was arrested for DUI. When police made a computer check, they found that the man had six other previous DUI convictions.

The driver was also filed other charges as (1) driving even though his licensed has been suspended & revoked; and (2) not stopping and running a red light. After being arraigned, he was confined in jail in lieu of a $10,600.00 cash bond. With all these charges, may McGrath will never commit the 8th DUI.

Pennsylvania’s law on DUI has been made stiffer including both penalties and fines. This kind of traffic infraction is very common which is the common charge of a first-time offenders, Majority of convicted are of DUI and for last year, this accounted to around 1,659 individuals. Around the states, about 109 people in the county were convicted of DUI at least four or more times. It was highest with 146 in 2007.

Over a period of five years, the number of individuals that earned four or more convictions has generally decreased each year.

In 2004, Pennsylvania transformed DUI law to discouraged DUI drivers. The imposed stiffer fines and longer jail sentences. The purpose was to hit repeated offenders the hardest to discourage people to avoid getting above the BAC levels

Pa has the three-tiered penalty system that places drivers into categories depending upon how much alcohol has been consumed and a mandatory minimum sentence is imposed. After a 2nd DUI conviction, the mandatory minimum jail sentence is 90 days; for those with three or more convictions, it is one year. The same jail sentence is also applicable to defendants: (1) whose DUI are drug-related, (2) whose BAC are higher than 0.16; or (3) who refuse blood tests.

Bucks County Deputy District Attorney, Robert James, who oversees DUI prosecutions, stated that the five-year maximum jail sentence for DUI is almost never imposed for it is only applicable to those offenses rated as first-degree misdemeanors.

Accident victims have rights. If you were injured in a car accident, contact experienced Delaware DUI Lawyer now for free consultation. He will protect the rights of you and your loved ones. You may be entitled to financial compensation for economic damages, as well as pain and suffering.

Source: My Fox Philly Com

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