State College DUI Lawyer
In a typical Pennsylvania DUI case, the police conduct a traffic stop, request that the person exit the vehicle, administer field sobriety tests, possibly issue a breath test at the scene, and then make the decision to arrest the DUI suspect and transport them for either a blood or breath test to determine blood alcohol concentration. The person is then released with no paperwork and generally no idea of what to expect in the future. Most people then have a slew of questions – am I being charged with a DUI? When and how are charges filed? What is going to happen to me? Why didn’t the officer Mirandize me? For answers to many frequently asked questions about driving under the influence cases, check out our DUI Question and Answer page.
Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Pennsylvania DUI Convictions
A conviction of any criminal offense has a negative impact because a judge would impose a sentence, and a criminal record can make it more difficult for the person to obtain employment in the future. In Pennsylvania, the DUI laws often require a judge to impose mandatory minimum sentences that include mandatory fines, mandatory jail time, and mandatory license suspensions, even for first time offenders. Aside from the minimum penalties, a conviction of driving under the influence can unexpected collateral consequences on a person’s future, such as decreased marketability for employment purposes, an impact on professional licensing, and even restrictions on constitutional rights, such as the right to possess or carry a firearm.
Some first-time DUI offenders are able to reduce the impact of the charge by participating in a pretrial diversionary program called Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD). Every county uses the ARD program for DUI and some other criminal charges, but the program and its requirements varies from county to county, and the program may even have different requirements for different types of cases within the same county. The basic concept of ARD is that a person pleads not guilty to the charges but accepts a punishment from the court. Upon completion of the punishment, the person completes the ARD program, and completion allows the person to have the charges dismissed and expunged.
Aside from ARD, other programs such as Intermediate Punishment, commonly referred to as in-home detention, may be used to avoid jail time. With regard to the license suspension, limited licenses like the Ignition Interlock Limited License (ILL) and Occupational Limited Licenses (OLL) may be available to allow a person to drive subject to certain limitations.
Experienced and Successful Driving Under the Influence Attorney
Because of the severe consequences associated with a drunk driving conviction, any person charged with a DUI should have the case reviewed by an experienced Pennsylvania DUI attorney. The attorneys at the State College criminal defense firm of JD Law have represented people charged with drug and alcohol-related DUIs, DUI refusal of chemical test cases, and DUIs involving accidents that result in assault and homicide charges. Not only do our attorneys have experience, our attorneys have successfully represented clients since 2004. You can review a sampling of cases that the firm has won over the years by reading some of our Success Stories.
Call JD Law for a Free DUI Defense Consultation
We offer a free consultation to review the facts of your case and discuss what JD Law can do for you. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Centre County criminal defense attorney, please call (814) 954-7622 or contact us by email. We will work aggressively to protect your rights and minimize, or possibly eliminate, the ramifications associated with the DUI charges in your case.