Since 1994 any person convicted of the possession or sale of controlled substances or the underage consumption or possession of alcohol has been subject to a suspension of their driving privileges. Thanks to a new bill signed by Governor Wolf on October 24, 2018 those suspensions are coming to an end.
As it stands, any crime involving the sale or purchase of a controlled substance is subject to a six month suspension of his driver’s license, even if he is nowhere near a vehicle. The length of suspension increases with second and subsequent offenses regardless if a vehicle is involved or not.
The underage possession or consumption of alcohol presently carries a 90 day suspension for a first offense and one or two year suspensions for subsequent offenses, again regardless if a vehicle is involved or not.
Many viewed these penalties as unfair and overly burdensome, causing those convicted of even minor offenses from being unable to maintain or find gainful employment, drive to school or make it counseling sessions, while at the same time, doing very little to combat the issues of drug or alcohol abuse. In fact, most people are surprised to find out their license will be suspended for on offense that did not involve a motor vehicle, meaning the law had little to no effect as a deterrent.
Act 95 of 2018 takes effect in six months and persons convicted of drug or underage drinking offenses will no longer be subject to a suspension of their operating privileges. What was a needless and burdensome penalty is going by the wayside.
If you find yourself facing criminal charges, the possibility of a driver’s license suspension or any other legal issue you can Count on Mooney to protect your rights, protect your reputation, and to protect your name. With 16 offices spread throughout Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland, we bring our law firm close to you. Contact us today for a consultation at 833-MOONEYLAW.