Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs – DUI
In the state of Pennsylvania, law enforcement considers driving a serious responsibility, and expects drivers to obey all of the laws and guidelines that it has established. Among the most important of these rules are the ones dedicated to preventing people from driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you have been charged with a DUI offense in the state of Pennsylvania, it is essential that you have an experienced attorney to protect your rights. James P. Peters provides legal counsel in Delaware County, Montgomery County, Chester County and Philadelphia County, as well as many other locations throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He will advise you of your rights and use his knowledge and passion to ensure that you are treated fairly and get the best possible outcome for your circumstances.
Drivers who are found to have BACs above .08 but below .10 are considered to be “generally impaired.” This can mean any of a number of penalties, including mandatory probation, fines, attendance at an alcohol highway safety school, and community service. Fines and penalties increase with subsequent violations.
Under Pennsylvania’s drunk driving laws, a driver is considered to be legally drunk when their blood alcohol level is 0.08 or more — for commercial drivers that number is halved to 0.04 percent, and for school bus drivers and drivers under the legal drinking age it is halved again to just 0.02 percent. The penalties for drunk driving vary based upon the level of the blood alcohol as well as whether there have been previous offenses: for those with a BAC of less than .10 there is no suspension of driver’s license, but for those with a BAC level that is higher of .10, as well as if you have one or two previous convictions, you face suspension on a sliding scale. If you have had three or more DUI convictions the law requires that your license be revoked for five years, with subsequent convictions extending that period of revocation.
The state’s penalties imposed for driving under the influence become even more stringent with each exacerbating factor such as drivers who are underage or responsible for driving school children, and this is because drunk drivers have been responsible for so many serious injuries and deaths of other motorists, pedestrians, passengers and cyclists. If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence it is essential that your attorney is well-equipped to provide you with an energetic defense that looks at important factors such as probably cause for being pulled over, proper calibration of the breath machine, and whether the rules of evidence are properly adhered to. James P. Peters can provide you with this type of experience. He understands the process and will work hard to get your penalties reduced or your DUI charges dismissed. For legal assistance that will explore all of your options and help you make the best decisions, contact us today.