Fighting Drunk Driving Charges
Being charged with drunk driving is a serious, potentially life-altering matter.
Also referred to as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving after imbibing (DAI), a drunk driving conviction can result in significant fines, a suspension of your driver’s license and even incarceration. If you are charged with DUI, it is critical that you meet with a DUI attorney.
Our lawyers at Griest, Himes, Herrold, Reynosa LLP, in York County, are skilled at representing clients charged with DUI. We have years of criminal law experience that we put to use in every DUI case. We will fully explain your rights, the court process and all of the options that are available to you.
Driver’s License Suspension
If you are arrested for DUI, there’s a strong likelihood your driver’s license will be suspended upon conviction. Your license will be automatically suspended if you refuse a blood/breath/urine test after the officer notifies PennDOT of your refusal and PennDOT sends a suspension letter. One must act fast to challenge this license suspension for refusal.
It is possible to obtain a restrictive license that allows you to drive from home to work or school and back. It may even be possible for you to keep your license altogether.
These may only be possible if you challenge the suspension at an administrative hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Time is of the essence in these matters. You only have a few days after your arrest to request a driver’s license hearing.
Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)
Pennsylvania offers an alternative type of consequence for first-time offenders of nonviolent crimes. This is called the accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) and offers a way for individuals to avoid jail time, maintain their driver’s licenses and have their records expunged after successful completion of the program requirements.
As part of ARD, you may have to undergo alcohol education and treatment classes, attend meetings with your supervising official, be free of additional criminal charges, and pay court-ordered fines, along with any other specific requirements that the court orders.
Not all offenders are eligible for this program. However, since we have an extensive understanding of ARD and have had numerous clients accepted into the program, we can provide you with a straightforward assessment of whether or not we believe you to be a good candidate for ARD.
Talk With Us About Your DUI
For more information about how we handle drunk driving cases, call our firm at 717-900-5677 or contact us online.