Pennsylvania is tough on those who commit drunk driving or impaired driving crimes, so it’s not a surprise that the penalties are harsh. The state has three tiers that range from a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 to .10, .10 to .16 and .16 or greater. Depending on your BAC at the time of an arrest, you could be charged based on the tier you fall into.
While a DUI charge is possible, you may also face additional charges. For example, you could have a reckless driving charge filed against you if you seemed out of control of your vehicle. If someone was hurt or killed, you could face charges for that, too.
Why is it so important to work with an attorney if you’re facing a DUI?
When you’re facing a DUI, the reality is that you’re already in a bad position with the court. While you’re supposed to be presumed innocent, you may face bias from others in the court system. Bad evidence could be used if you don’t defend yourself against it, or evidence that was collected illegally might be presented if your attorney isn’t there to have it removed from the case.
Your attorney’s job is to defend your rights and minimize the penalties you face. They will question the reason for your traffic stop, the field sobriety tests, the Breathalyzer test’s calibration and other factors that could impact the outcome of your case. Most importantly, they’ll be there on your side to fight against unfair biases and penalties that don’t fit the crime.
Our website has more information on DUIs and how to fight back if you’ve been accused.