A DUI conviction in Pennsylvania usually means there will be a misdemeanor on your permanent criminal record. This is a serious enough offense that can affect your future, as a misdemeanor shows up on standard background checks and could harm your chances of getting into college or getting a job.
But a DUI felony conviction in PA is a much harsher penalty and comes with steeper fines and lengthy jail sentences. A DUI with severe injuries can result in a second-degree felony, which can include up to ten years in prison.
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A felony is a very serious conviction that can have lasting and detrimental consequences to your future.
A person can be charged with a felony DUI if a person (other than the driver) was injured or killed due to an automobile accident while DUI. Even the slightest injury can result in a DUI felony charge. The injured victim could be a passenger in your vehicle, a person in another vehicle, a person on a bicycle or a pedestrian on the sidewalk or street.
A DUI Felony conviction can mean a fine of up to $5,000, a suspended driver’s license for up to one year and up to six months in jail.
If you have been charged for a DUI with Injuries contact an experienced DUI attorney right away.
If a driver is suspected of DUI and is found to have recklessly endangered someone’s life – a passenger or other persons in another vehicle – he or she can also be charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, a second-degree felony.
An Aggravated Assault by Vehicle conviction can include up to ten years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine, among many other tough penalties.
If a person is killed at the scene of the accident, a suspected DUI driver can be charged with DUI Homicide, a second-degree felony.
If the DUI resulted in the death of someone, a convicted person faces a minimum of three years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
If you have been charged with a DUI Felony, DUI Aggravated Assault or DUI Homicide, you should get a free consultation from an experienced Pittsburgh DUI Attorney as soon as possible.
If you have been charged with a DUI felony, you still have options. Up until your sentencing you have not yet been convicted or proven guilty.
A DUI in PA can be beat.
Having an experienced and skilled DUI attorney by your side at your preliminary hearing and arraignment could make all the difference in the outcome of your case. In addition, a skilled attorney can help negotiate to reduce fines and other penalties, such as decreased jail time.
A recent (2016) U.S. Supreme Court Ruling – The Birchfield Ruling – could actually mean that a past DUI conviction could be overturned or the sentencing could be drastically reduced, depending on the specifics of your case. Consult with our DUI lawyers to learn more – we offer free consultations.
Pittsburgh Criminal Attorney Christopher Thomas is an experienced, aggressive and compassionate attorney who will thoroughly investigate your case to have your charges dismissed or your sentencing reduced.
At SMT Legal, we will fight the prosecutors to show weaknesses in their case and be aggressive in demonstrating doubt that you were negligent or intoxicated.
In order for you to be convicted, prosecutors have to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that you were DUI and that you negligently caused the accident. There are many ways a strong defense team can disprove evidence and police reports.
We know that people make mistakes and that sometimes people are not even guilty of the crimes they are charged with – that is why we fight hard for our clients to ensure every protection available under the law.
Our DUI attorneys represent people charged with DUI and DUI Felony in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Butler County, Westmoreland County, Beaver County, Washington County, Indiana County and all of Western Pennsylvania.
Call Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer Christopher Thomas for a free legal evaluation of your case. He is here to answer your questions, listen to your situation, explain your rights and offer the best steps in fighting for your freedom.