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You are probably scared about going to jail, losing your license, ignition interlock devices, your record, your family and your financial security. If you are like most people, you are probably overwhelmed by the complexity of Pennsylvania DUI Law. You have every right to be afraid, because you are facing an allegation that can cause you great hardship now, and affect the rest of your life.
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Pennsylvania DUI Penalties: The punishments for driving under the influence in Pennsylvania are severe, but the right attorney can make the difference between jail and no jail, or between a longer and shorter sentence.
There are also steep fines, alcohol classes, license suspensions and other serious sanctions that a lawyer will help you minimize and negotiate. An experienced DUI lawyer will advise you about little things that you can do while your case is pending to help yourself and minimize the potential penalty you might receive.
You have so much at stake in a Pennsylvania DUI case that you need the help of a seasoned professional.
Don’t go to court without an experienced attorney who concentrates on Pennsylvania DUI cases
Pennsylvania DUI Process: Navigating the criminal court process can be daunting in any case, but is especially so in DUI cases. This is because, due to the high volume of charges that the courts and prosecutors must process, and due to the fact that a Pennsylvania drunk driving charge is truly the “every-man’s” charge, prosecutors and judges may see your case as “routine” and less than serious unless you have a strong voice in the courtroom pointing out that this event and its outcome will have a lasting impact on your life and the lives of those you care about.
In addition to the criminal court process which will determine your guilt or innocence, as well as your sentence and terms of probation, you will also need to navigate the civil license and driving aspects of your PA DUI case. Did you know that if you don’t request a license hearing in certain cases within 10 days of your arrest, you can forever lose your right to challenge the suspension? A Pennsylvania DUI attorney will guide you through the system and make sure that nothing gets missed.
The Pennsylvania DUI case against you may not be as strong as it seems
When you were arrested for your PA DUI, did you give a chemical sample for alcohol or drugs? Pennsylvania DUI chemical testing is not foolproof. There are many sources of potential errors in DUI forensic evidence, ranging from human error to machine error to laboratory errors. A good Pennsylvania DUI lawyer will be on top of all of the latest issues that might benefit your case. If you choose not to have an attorney, or if you chose the wrong lawyer, you may never learn about potential police errors, forensic contamination issues, breath test machine malfunctions, disciplined, missing or retired police officers, and scores of other issues that can literally make the difference between you getting a DUI conviction or walking away with a clean slate.
Take this opportunity to access the experienced DUI lawyers who participate in this site, and who each offer free initial consultations. Choose the lawyer for the county where your case is pending, and call him, or fill out an online consultation request today. Together, you will make sure that you are on the right track and that nothing gets missed in your important and potentially life-altering case.