The attorneys at Buzgon Davis can defend your rights if you are charged with or convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Pennsylvania. Our experienced legal team will provide sharp legal guidance and diligent representation as you fight a DUI charge or work toward reinstating your driver’s license. You can count on us for the personalized attention it takes to build a strong case in your favor.
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Under Act 24, a driver can receive DUI charges with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or greater.
Pennsylvania upholds a tiered punishment system that increases in severity with the number of offenses and the extent to which the driver’s BAC surpasses the legal limit.
DUI punishment varies within three categories for impairment — general impairment, high BAC and highest BAC. Within these categories, the driver’s penalties will depend on the number of offenses.
All categories of DUI involve some level of misdemeanor charge, a fine and court-ordered alcohol highway safety education — if the first or second offense. Punishment may also include behavioral health treatment, probation, prison time, license suspension and the implementation of an ignition lock on the driver’s vehicle.
You can view DUI punishments for each category on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s website.
You can take various steps if you receive a DUI charge, and you have options to help you navigate them. Contacting a lawyer is your first step. The professional DUI lawyers at Buzgon Davis will provide legal representation and guidance throughout the DUI process.
After the incident, you will receive notice of your initial arraignment hearing. Arraignment will take place in 48 to 72 hours if you are in police custody or at a later date if you post bail — usually 30 to 60 days from the date of your arrest. The arraignment session is a preliminary hearing where the court will read the charges against you. Here, you submit your plea.
Prior to arraignment, you may have the opportunity to apply for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. This program is usually available to first-time alleged offenders. We can help you decide whether that program is the right choice for you after a DUI charge.
We can also represent you in court at the arraignment and subsequent trial dates. Our lawyers will make sure there are no reasons your charges should be dropped, such as the use of illegally collected evidence. We can also negotiate a favorable plea bargain and fight for a lesser sentence.
If convicted of DUI, you must follow court-ordered steps according to your sentence. These steps may include alcohol education, evaluation and treatment.
After completing your sentence, you will need to complete steps to reinstate your driver’s license or expunge the charges from your record. Pennsylvania requires you to apply for DUI license reinstatement and follow other guidelines, including paying fines and reinstatement fees and obtaining SR22 insurance.
The DUI attorneys at Buzgon Davis will represent you in the wake of a DUI charge. Please contact us online to schedule a consultation with our DUI lawyers.
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