The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts reports data of what offenses were committed over the past years. In their latest report, the data from 2017 shows that a number of counties had declining DUI enforcement when compared to 2016. The counties with the biggest declines were:
For its part, Dauphin county saw a decline of 1.98% from 1,417 DUI offenses to 1,389. While this may not seem significant at first glance, when compared to the statewide increase of 10.47% over the same period, these declines open a number of questions.
Learn more about DUI in Pennsylvania at: DUI in Pennsylvania by the Numbers.
Defending the Innocent
Many people assume that just because the police arrested someone and charged them with a crime that they must be guilty of something. Nothing could be further from the truth.
There are many organizations like the Innocence Project which are dedicated to exonerating people who have been wrongfully convicted. These are people who were:
- Wrongfully arrested
- Wrongfully charged
- Wrongfully prosecuted
- Wrongfully sentenced
And spent many years in prison for crimes they did not commit.
Take for example the recent exonerations of Stanley Mozee and Dennis Allen, two men who were wrongfully convicted of a murder. Absent the presence of any physical evidence, the two were convicted of capital murder in 2000 and sentenced to life in prison.
Both remained in prison until 2014 when new information uncovered by the Innocence Project, the Innocence Project of Texas, and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, led to their release.