DUI Defense Lawyer
Central and South Central Pennsylvania DUI Defense Lawyers
Our DUI Defense Attorneys serve in Cumberland County, Dauphin County, York County, Adams County, Perry County and Surrounding Areas
Be Informed: What is a DUI Charge?
A charge of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), whether by alcohol or drugs, can be very serious. DUI is a criminal offense, and it can have very harsh consequences in Pennsylvania. The potential consequences you could face if convicted for DUI include jail time, probation, driver license suspension, fines, house arrest, ignition interlock device installation, and a range of other conditions. Some DUI offenses even call for mandatory minimum jail sentences. A DUI conviction may also result in a criminal record that could follow you and impact your future for a lifetime. The DUI defense lawyers at Colgan & Associates possess the knowledge, training and skill needed to help aggressively defend any type of DUI case.
Know Your Rights
Many DUI arrests begin with a police traffic stop, which are often based on an officer’s belief that he/she observed a minor Vehicle Code violation while driving. However, the mere fact that you are in a vehicle does not mean you do not have rights, and any police traffic stop must be for lawful reasons.
Your attorney will review your case to help you determine whether a traffic stop in your case was conducted lawfully. Once you have been stopped, an officer may ask you to step out and submit to Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFST). The SFTSs are not mandatory, are highly subjective, must be properly conducted, and are not a “pass/fail” test. If you agree to SFSTs, the officer will likely have an opinion as to how you performed. Your attorney will review the circumstances of any SFSTs to determine whether they were properly and lawfully done, and whether the officer’s opinions and conclusions from the tests should be relied upon. Based on the SFSTs and the officer’s opinion of your impairment, you could then be arrested and asked to submit to chemical testing to detect blood-alcohol content (BAC) or the presence of drugs.
While Pennsylvania law provides harsh punishments for those who refuse chemical testing under certain circumstances, this does not mean that police have the right to require chemical testing for all motorists they encounter. Your attorney will review all circumstances of your arrest, chemical testing, or an alleged refusal to submit to chemical testing, to help you determine whether they were conducted lawfully and properly. If the police believe that there is evidence that you are impaired by drugs or alcohol, you may be charged with DUI.
However, DUI is just like any other criminal allegation. You are absolutely innocent until proven guilty, and you cannot be found guilty unless and until the state can prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt in court. Only a skilled DUI lawyer can help ensure that your rights are protected in a DUI case, and you want a lawyer who can represent your case at trial aggressively and competently if it becomes necessary.
Recent Court Decisions May Affect the Outcome of Your Case
If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, please don’t hesitate to contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer at Colgan & Associates. It is important that you make the call immediately after your arrest or notification of charges so your attorney at the firm can begin advising you immediately. Remember, jail time or losing your driver’s license can devastate your life and livelihood.
It is in your best interest to speak with an experienced and aggressive attorney who will work with you to provide a comprehensive defense in your case. At our firm, our DUI lawyers will provide legal defense and legal counsel. With over 30 years combined experience and specified training unique to DUI defense litigation, our DUI lawyers have established reputations as tough litigators throughout South-Central Pennsylvania. When it comes to legal counseling and overall client satisfaction, our lawyers clearly understand that at our firm, “Every Client Matters.”
- Recent Decisions of the Pennsylvania Superior Court Significantly Affecting DUI Cases in Pennsylvania
DUI Penalties in Pennsylvania:
|TIER||1ST OFFENSE||2ND OFFENSE||3RD OFFENSE||4TH OR SUBSEQUENT|
.08 - .099
Incapable of Safe Driving
|6 months probation;||5 days mandatory minimum, maximum 6 months jail;|
$300 - $2,500 fine;
|10 days mandatory minimum, maximum 2 years jail;|
.10 - .159
Minor & .08-.099/Incapable
Accident & .08-.099/Incapable
|2 days mandatory minimum, maximum 6 months jail;|
$500 - $5,000 fine;
|30 days mandatory minimum, maximum 6 months jail;|
$750 - $5,000 fine;
|90 days mandatory minimum, maximum 5 years jail;||
maximum 5 year jail;
.16 and above
Refusal of Blood/Breath
Drugs or Drug/Alcohol Combo
|3 days mandatory minimum, maximum 6 months jail;|
$1,000 - $5,000 fine;
|90 days mandatory minimum, maximum 5 years jail;|
$1,500 - $10,000 fine;
|1 year mandatory minimum, maximum 5 years jail;|
The outline of DUI penalties set forth above is not all inclusive. However, it gives an individual charged with DUI some perspective in terms of the penalties they may be subject to. Clearly, the penalties for DUI in Pennsylvania can be significant.
The mandatory jail time coupled with a license suspension can place a person’s livelihood at risk. It is, however, important to note that a person charged with a DUI is subject to these penalties upon conviction, not arrest.
A conviction occurs upon entry of a guilty plea and sentencing or finding of guilt following a trial. As a result, it’s important to get a knowledgable and experienced PA DUI defense attorney involved in your case at the earliest possible stage and before a conviction occurs.
Contact an Experienced DUI Attorney in Pennsylvania
With the right attorney, you may be able to minimize or eliminate some or all of these penalties by either negotiated plea agreement or acquittal following a trial. Our attorneys have experience defending DUI cases in counties throughout Pennsylvania.
Contact a DUI Defense Attorney at our firm today. Our legal team serves all of South Central Pennsylvania including Gettysburg, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, York, Adams County, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Perry County, York County and surrounding areas.