Driving Under the Influence(DUI) / Driving While Intoxicated(DWI)
There can be significant consequences if you are convicted of a DUI offense in Pennsylvania. A DUI can cause a loss of license (or even a loss of your job), incarceration, lengthy probation, hefty fines and court costs, complex obligations for completing probation and getting your license back.
If it is not your first DUI offense, or if the DUI involved an accident with damage to property, or injury to people, the case is even more complicated. You can be charged with a DUI for the presence of alcohol, drugs, prescribed medications, or a combination of those in your system. The legal limit for blood/alcohol in Pennsylvania is .08%. But if you refuse to give your blood for testing, there could be an automatic suspension of your driver license, even if you are never charged or convicted of a DUI charge.
There are many options for an experienced criminal defense attorney to lessen the consequences or to negotiate for certain punishments in a DUI case. The important thing is to contact an attorney as soon as possible after you are arrested, because as the case proceeds through the court system, you may be closing the door to raising certain challenges if you are unaware and don’t have counsel.