For most people who are stopped and arrested for Driving under the Influence (DUI) or Driving while Intoxicated (DWI), it is their first encounter with the criminal justice system. They could face arraignments, hearings, and trials, and will have to make important decisions about whether to plead guilty or not guilty. If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Harrisburg or York, PA, it is important to contact an experienced DUI lawyer to help you through these difficult choices.
Many first-time DUI offenders are eligible for A.R.D. (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition), which allows a person’s record to be expunged (wiped out) and the charges dismissed after serving a period of probation, serving a short drivers’ license suspension, undergoing Court Reporting Network (CRN) evaluation and attending Alcohol Highway Safety School (AHSS). While the consequences for a first DUI offense may seem minor, the penalties for subsequent drunk-driving convictions increase substantially, and include longer drivers' license suspension (at least 1 year), significant jail time (at least 30 days), Ignition Interlock, and mandatory Drug and Alcohol (D&A) assessment and treatment. The penalties can be even worse for drivers with a CDL license and drivers who are underage. However, an experienced criminal defense attorney can protect your current and future interests.
The skilled attorneys at Kope and Associates are committed to helping protect the rights of Pennsylvania residents who have been stopped and charged with driving under the influence. They will analyze and decide whether to challenge the results of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) tests, field sobriety tests, and breathalyzer results in court, as well as the legality of the original stop. Because the DUI law sets minimum and mandatory penalties for convictions (which are based on BAC levels), a skilled DUI defense attorney will review your case to analyze any possible defenses and thoroughly explain your rights.
If you have been stopped and charged with drunk driving (DUI) in Harrisburg, York, or surrounding areas of Pennsylvania, please contact Kope and Associates as soon as possible for a free consultation. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.