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Dui With Injuries In Pennsylvania

Information on DUI with Injury Charges in PA

Automobile accidents unfortunately happen every day. While some accidents cause severe injuries and even death, others cause inconvenience and expense in property damage.

If you were involved in a car accident that caused damages or injuries and were charged with a DUI, the penalties you face are very severe, including being sentenced to prison and losing your license.

Being charged with any crime is frightening, but especially if you are not normally in trouble with the law. You probably have many questions and may not know what to expect. If you are guilty of drinking and driving, you probably feel remorseful and ashamed, especially if others were injured in the accident. You may feel as though your life and your future is out of your control.

But until you are convicted, you have rights. One of those rights is to a DUI Lawyer or DWI Lawyer, who can defend your freedom, fight your charges and build a strong case to have your charges reduced or dropped, or to have your sentencing lessened.

Pittsburgh DUI Attorney Christopher Thomas is a compassionate attorney and can help put your future in perspective. He has to experience in helping hundreds of people in similar situations.

Over the years, Attorney Thomas has successfully been able to have charges reduced or dropped altogether for many of his clients. He offers free case evaluations to anyone involved in a DUI in Pennsylvania – call him today to discuss your rights and your options.

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    Penalties In Pa For Dui With Injuries / Damages

    The penalties for a DUI are much more severe if you were involved in an accident that caused damages or injuries.

    A DUI with severe injuries can result in an Aggravated DUI Assault charge, which is a second-degree felony and can include up to ten years in prison.

    If the DUI resulted in the death of someone, you face a minimum of three years in prison upon conviction, among many other tough penalties. Recently, Pennsylvania courts have challenged the constitutionality of mandatory minimum sentences.

    Attorney Chris Thomas and the lawyers of SMT Legal are prepared to argue on behalf of our clients and against mandatory minimum sentences.

    The below information details the sentencing you face if convicted of a DUI with damages or injuries in Pennsylvania:

    First-time DUI in PA:

    • A misdemeanor on your permanent record
    • A $500 – $5,000 fine
    • 48 hours to six months in jail
    • One year license suspension
    • AHSS attendance

    Second-time DUI in PA:

    • A misdemeanor on your permanent record
    • A $750 – $5,000 fine
    • 90 days to five years in prison
    • One year license suspension
    • AHSS attendance
    • One Year of Ignition Interlock

    Third Time DUI in PA:

    • A first-degree misdemeanor
    • A $1,500 – $10,000 fine
    • One to five years in prison
    • 18 month license suspension
    • AHSS attendance
    • One Year of Ignition Interlock

    DUI with Aggravated Assault Charges:

    (See PA Code 3732)

    • A second-degree felony
    • A maximum $25,000 fine
    • Up to ten years in prison

    Vehicular Homicide by DUI:

    (See PA Code 3732)

    • A second-degree felony
    • A maximum $25,000 fine
    • A minimum mandatory three year prison sentence

    Learn more about being charged with Homicide in Pennsylvania.

    Please see the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s website or the PA Liquor Control Board’s DUI Sentencing Guidelines for more information on specific sentencing and penalties.

    Understanding Your Rights & Fighting Dui Charges

    Speaking with an experienced Pittsburgh DUI Attorney as soon as possible after you are charged with a DUI is the first step in fully understanding your rights and your options for fighting against your loss of basic rights and freedom.

    After being charged with a DUI or DWI, you will receive information regarding your preliminary hearing. This is the most important step in your case, where a judge will determine the direction of your case. Having an aggressive attorney to negotiate a plea or build a strong case for trial is what could help in having your sentence reduced or charges lessened.

    Our DUI / DWI Attorneys Can Make The Difference

    Our criminal attorneys believe that people are inherently good. But good people make mistakes and some are falsely accused. A harsh punishment is rarely productive for anyone. People facing DUI criminal charges also have families who have to bear the burden of their loved one being sentenced to jail and losing their job or their license. Many people need treatment programs, not harsh sentencing.

    Call Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer Christopher Thomas for a free legal evaluation of your case. Attorney Thomas is here to answer your questions, listen to your situation, explain your rights and offer the best steps to defending your rights and getting your future on track.