If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you’re most likely feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn. Fortunately, it’s not hopeless. Although a DUI charge in Pennsylvania can have serious consequences including loss of a driver’s license and prison time, as well as emotional and financial consequences, you don’t have to navigate the system alone. It’s important to take a DUI charge seriously and engage a competent Montgomery County DUI lawyer as soon as possible. Whether it’s taking your case to trial, working through a plea bargain, or applying for a diversionary program such as ARD, we’re experienced DUI lawyers who can help. We know that most DUIs involve good people who just made bad decisions. Contact us today so we can get started working on your case.
We have defended hundreds of drivers charged with DUI in Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and throughout Pennsylvania. Our attorneys have worked tirelessly to keep clients out of jail and to continue driving. Speak with a dedicated Blue Bell criminal defense lawyer from our firm for guidance today.
There are three primary classifications for DUI charges in Pennsylvania. They are as follows:
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General Impairment DUI Penalties
If you are found guilty of a general impairment DUI, meaning your BAC was between .08% and .099% at the time of your arrest, you will face the following penalties (depending on whether it is your first, second, or subsequent offense, among other factors):
High BAC DUI Penalties
If you’re convicted of a high BAC DUI, meaning you had a BAC that was greater than .10% but less than .16%, you will face the following penalties:
Highest BAC DUI Penalties
If you’re arrested for having a BAC of .16% or higher, you will face highest BAC DUI charges. The penalties for these charges are as follows:
Importantly, DUIs are considered crimes in Pennsylvania, which means that in most cases, upon convicted, you will develop a criminal record, which, unfortunately, can haunt you for years down the road. Don’t face these charges without a competent Montgomery County DUI lawyer in your corner.
If you are convicted if DUI in Pennsylvania and you had a minor in your vehicle at the time of the DUI you are subject to additional mandatory penalties including:
If you are found operating a school bus with a BAC of .02% or higher, or another commercial vehicle with a BAC of .04% or higher, you will face the following penalties:
For a second DUI with a CDL, you will face the following:
Like other DUI charges, the number of previous offenses plays a significant role in the charges an underage person will face. That said, if someone under the age of 21 is found to have a BAC of even .02%, they will face DUI charges. The penalties for under 21 DUI charges in Pennsylvania are as follows:
First, reach out to us! It’s important that you contact a DUI lawyer right away. We can help you right from the start and make the entire experience easier. We offer a complementary strategy roadmap for dealing with DUI cases. Our deep bench of DUI resources will help position you for the best result possible. During this strategy road map meeting, we will tell you what you can do to better position yourself and also what might hurt you in your case.
From a DUI trial to PENNDOT proceedings, we have your back. We offer clients a clear guide to the DUI process in Pennsylvania so that they know what will happen during each phase of their case. After your DUI arrest, you can expect to receive a criminal complaint in the mail as well as a notice of hearing setting forth the time, date, and location of your preliminary hearing. A preliminary hearing is held before a Magisterial District Judge to determine if there is sufficient evidence for the case to go to trial. After the Preliminary hearing, you will be required to attend a CRN evaluation to determine if there is a problem with alcohol or drug abuse. You may also be required to attend a Drug & Alcohol evaluation. After the CRN evaluation, your case will either proceed to trial, or plea or an application will be filed to divert the case to ARD.
If your driver’s license is suspended due to a DUI, you still have options that we can assist with that will allow you to continue to drive. For example, we have assisted clients in obtaining ignition interlock limited licenses and the actual ignition interlock device at a discount. This option can be invaluable in allowing clients to continue driving to get to work and keep their jobs, go to doctor’s appointments, shop, attend school, and support their families.
An Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition or ARD is a diversionary program for which those without prior records or DUIs within ten (10) years may qualify. Most importantly ARD helps you avoid jail time and a criminal record. In fact, once you successfully complete the ARD program you are eligible to have your arrest record expunged, a process that a seasoned DUI lawyer can help with as well.
It is important to know that different counties have different requirements for being admitted to the ARD program. Our attorneys have helped countless individuals gain admission into the ARD program in Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County, and Delaware County. We have even been successful in gaining admission to ARD programs for clients who were first denied admission to the program. If ARD is right for you we can help.
Many DUIs are charged after a Police Officer pulls someone over for a violation of the traffic or motor vehicle code such as having a taillight out. Some are charged after an officer observes erratic driving such as crossing over the center line or fog line.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you need a DUI lawyer who can effectively fight your charges. The legal team at Mudrick & Zucker understands the seriousness of a DUI charge and is ready to explore all possible defenses on your behalf. Our firm recognizes how serious a DUI conviction can be and the impacts it can have on your future. To discuss your situation with a DUI lawyer at our firm, contact Mudrick & Zucker today.