Maybe not. The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has recently held
that tinted windows are not per se illegal. A man was stopped in Camp Hill
Borough and cited for having his car windows tinted. He argued that
Pennsylvania law simply prohibits sun screening which does not permit a person
to see or view the inside of the vehicle through the windshield, side wing or
side window of the vehicle.
The police officer used a light meter to measure the amount of
light per state regulations. He found that much less light than the 70%
required by law was passing through the driver's windows. The driver was cited
for having illegally tinted windows. The Superior Court agreed that the PA
State Regulations were incorrectly applied and constituted an unreasonable
interpretation of the state sun screening law.
If you have been stopped by the police for having tinted
windows, call John Ogden to see if you qualify for relief. Many times the
police will stop a driver for having tinted windows, but cite the driver for
other offenses. These additional charges may be quashed if the initial stop was
The ARD program
offered to certain offenders who have no significant criminal record. This
program offers a driver charged with a DUI offense to perform community service
and attend certain classes in exchange for a shorter driver's license
suspension and expungement of the charges upon successful completion of the
program. The details can be viewed at the York County District Attorney's Website.
If you have been denied ARD
contact us and we will seek reconsideration by highlighting the reasons why you
should have been accepted into the program. We have had success in persuading
the District Attorney to change his mind when the facts and circumstances
warrant admission into the ARD program
Yes. In recent years, drugged driving arrests have surpassed for driving while impaired by alcohol alone. Drugs that affect the Central Nervous System (CNS) can result in a DUI, even if prescribed.
CNS depressants, sometimes referred to as sedatives and tranquilizers, are substances that can slow brain activity. This property makes them useful for treating anxiety and sleep disorders. Among the medications commonly prescribed for these purposes are the following:
Benzodiazepines, such as diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax), are sometimes prescribed to treat anxiety, acute stress reactions, and panic attacks. The more sedating benzodiazepines, such as triazolam (Halcion) and estazolam (ProSom) are prescribed for short-term treatment of sleep disorders. Usually, benzodiazepines are not prescribed for longterm use because of the risk for developing tolerance, dependence, or addiction.
Non-benzodiazepine sleep medications, such as zolpidem (Ambien), eszopiclone (Lunesta), and zalepon (Sonata), have a different chemical structure, but act on some of the same brain receptors as benzodiazepines. They are thought to have fewer side effects and less risk of dependence than benzodiazepines.
Barbiturates, such as mephobarbital (Mebaral), phenobarbital (Luminal Sodium), and pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal), are used less frequently to reduce anxiety or to help with sleep problems because of their higher risk of overdose compared to benzodiazepines. However, they are still used in surgical procedures and for seizure disorders.
Below is an excerpt from the Pa DUI statute concerning drugged driving:
75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3802
§ 3802. Driving under influence of alcohol or controlled substanceEffective: May 11, 2006
(d) Controlled substances.--An individual may not drive, operate or be in actual physical control of the movement of a vehicle under any of the following circumstances:
(1) There is in the individual's blood any amount of a:
(i) Schedule I controlled substance, as defined in the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 233, No. 64),1 known as The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act; (ii) Schedule II or Schedule III controlled substance, as defined in The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, which has not been medically prescribed for the individual; or (iii) metabolite of a substance under subparagraph (i) or (ii). (2) The individual is under the influence of a drug or combination of drugs to a degree which impairs the individual's ability to safely drive, operate or be in actual physical control of the movement of the vehicle.
(3) The individual is under the combined influence of alcohol and a drug or combination of drugs to a degree which impairs the individual's ability to safely drive, operate or be in actual physical control of the movement of the vehicle. (4) The individual is under the influence of a solvent or noxious substance in violation of 18 Pa.C.S. § 7303 (relating to sale or illegal use of certain solvents and noxious substances).