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How to Beat DUI in Pennsylvania?

Date: Sep 13th, 2019 By SMA Law Group

Drinking and driving is against the law and incredibly dangerous. Law enforcement officials and prosecutors in Pennsylvania take these instances very seriously. If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence, you need to seek legal assistance. At the SMA Law Group, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to take your case and show you how to beat DUI in Pennsylvania. Let us investigate the evidence being used against you so we can begin to craft a defense.

What to do after you are charged with DUI

There is no question about your first step after being charged – contact legal assistance immediately. An attorney will work to craft a defense of your case after analyzing the evidence. Even if this is not your first DUI, you can still beat these charges.

The penalties for DUI in Pennsylvania are strict. Those driving with a blood alcohol level over .08% but less than .10% can face:

  • 6 months of probation
  • $300 fine

Those with a blood alcohol level of at least .10% but less than .16%, those operating a commercial vehicle were under 21 years of age, or those who cause an accident resulting in injury, death, or property damage, face the following:

  • 48 hours to 6 months in jail
  • $500 to $5,000 in fines
  • 12 months license suspension

Those with a blood alcohol level over .16%, or those who refuse a breathalyzer, or had a controlled substance in their system face:

  • 72 hours to 6 months in jail
  • $1,000 to $5,000 in fines
  • 12 months license suspension

Those with multiple DUI offenses face increased penalties. However, these are not the only penalties. A DUI conviction will lead to a mark on your criminal record and could affect your ability to get or keep your job. A conviction will also affect your insurance rates.

How to beat these charges

There are times when law enforcement officials do not follow proper procedures when making an arrest. In other cases, they make a mistake. This matters when you are facing serious charges like DUI. You have rights. If the police violated them, you should not be facing these charges.

At the SMA Law Group, we are going to look at the following:

  • Whether you were stopped legally.
  • Whether you were actually impaired at the time of the stop.
  • Whether the breathalyzer test was properly administered.
  • Whether all field sobriety tests were properly administered.

What are my next steps?

If you or someone you love has been charged with driving under the influence, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the SMA Law Group, we have extensive experience in these cases. Our qualified and experienced team is going to get to work on your case immediately. Our goal is to analyze all the evidence against you and craft a defense strategy. Come talk to us so we can tell you how to beat a DUI in Pennsylvania. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 1-888-976-2529.

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