DUI – Driving Under Influence
Building a Strong Defense to Reduce or Drop Your Charges
DUI Attorney in Chester County, PA
If you’re facing DUI charges, you may feel overwhelmed and anxious about what comes next. Our experienced DUI attorneys understand the impact a DUI can have on your reputation, livelihood, and your family. We are dedicated to providing top-notch legal representation, helping you understand your rights, and handling your case with compassion.
Our Defense Attorneys Help You Understand Pennsylvania DUI Laws and Penalties
In Pennsylvania, a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% can be arrested for a DUI. For minors, this limit is BAC of 0.02% or higher. It is also illegal to drive with drugs like marijuana, cocaine, or other drugs in your system. Typically, the penalties for driving under the influence of drugs are similar to those for drunk driving. It is also important to keep in mind that even if your BAC is lower than 0.08%, you can still be charged with a DUI if there is evidence showing you were impaired while behind the wheel. A high BAC (0.10% – 0.159% BAC) can lead to stiffer penalties, even for first-time DUI offenders.
DUI offenses can come with severe penalties including driver’s license suspension, jail time, costly fines, ignition interlock, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. If you are in possession of illegal drugs, you may face additional charges as well. Penalties for DUI vary depending on the circumstances and whether you have previous drunk driving convictions on your record. Having an experienced defense lawyer in your corner is critical. At Perna & Abracht, LLC, our attorneys are experienced litigators who assess your case, advise you of all your options, and act as your staunch advocates. We look at all evidence and angles of your case to determine what type of strong defenses there may be to have your DUI charges reduced or dismissed.
What is an ARD Program?
If you are a first-time DUI offender with no prior criminal convictions, you may be eligible for an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program. Though specific requirements can vary from case to case, an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program for DUI usually includes:
- Attendance and completion of Alcohol Highway Safety classes
- Driver’s license suspension for up to 90 days
- Payment of ARD costs/fees. In many counties, the cost of ARD for a DUI can range from $2,500
- Alcohol or drug counseling
- Community Service
Typically, if you adhere to all terms of the ARD program and successfully complete it, DUI charges will be dismissed. However, not every first-time DUI offender qualifies for an ARD program. If you had a prior DUI within 10 years, an accident caused injury or significant property damage, or you had a passenger under the age of 14 with you, you may not qualify. Successful completion of an ARD program can mitigate some of the damage a DUI conviction can wreak on your life. Our DUI lawyers can determine whether you qualify and help you apply for the program.
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If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, you don’t have to go it alone. We serve clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and Northern Delaware. Contact our Chester County criminal defense attorneys online or call 610-444-0933 to schedule a consultation with an experienced DUI attorney today.
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