Do I Need an Attorney for a DUI?

Dont drink and drive concept with a toy car in a glass on whiskeyIN A WORD: YES

At the very least an attorney can help explore programs and alternatives means to resolving your case, especially for first time offenders. Hiring an attorney does not mean you are pleading guilty/not-guilty rather you are having representation for your case.

But why? DUI is one of the most common criminal offenses charged in Pennsylvania, yet it is one of the least understood by lay people.

The DUI statutes would be complex enough if they were set in stone, but the rules which govern every aspect of the DUI offenses are constantly changing and dependent upon the specific factual circumstances and legal contingencies of the specific case. Which warrants having a professional on your side to help walk you through the process and your unique situation and the laws at the time of the offense.

DO I HAVE A DEFENSE TO MY DUI?

The best reason to seek legal representation when facing a DUI charge is that a lawyer will be able to determine whether you have a defense. As mentioned above there are many factors that go into a DUI offense and an attorney will have the right and current facts to help you determine a defense, if applicable.

WHY A FRIEND CAN’T HELP YOUR DUI?

Everybody seems to have a friend-of-a-friend who beat a DUI at some point – it should go without saying that this should not be your source for legal advice. Whatever happened to your acquaintance is probably not applicable to your case given the infinite set of circumstances under which DUI charges arise.

No two DUIs are alike.

[SIDE NOTE: The Pennsylvania courts and legislature are continually modifying the procedures which control the manner in which your vehicle is stopped, the reasons for the stop, the testing of breath or blood, and police conduct during the investigation – all of which can give rise to defenses to DUI, and none of which a non-lawyer is likely to be acquainted with.]

GUILTY OF A DUI, NO DEFENSE – NOW WHAT?

DUI CONVICTION INFORMATION AND ALTERNATIVES

First, an attorney can help you to fully understand the consequences of a DUI conviction.

Second, even if you don’t have a defense to DUI, it is just as to important to have an attorney in order to fully explore diversionary programs and alternative means of resolving the case.

The Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program provides a path to expunge the charge from the record of eligible offenders.

Intermediate Punishment Programs (IPPs) and house arrest can reduce the amount of jail time, as can having an experienced attorney negotiate the charge itself. At the very least, it is unwise to enter into a DUI plea without a thorough understanding of all of the potential ramifications, including fines, driver’s license suspension, probation and imprisonment.

These are just a couple of the many reasons that, if you find yourself facing a DUI charge, it is so important to be represented by a qualified attorney who has experience with the DUI laws and defenses, and who keeps up to date with the latest changes and amendments to the laws.

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