Being charged with a DUI is a criminal offense in the state of Pennsylvania and carries harsh penalties. When it happens to you, it can cause tremendous stress, especially if it’s your first arrest. You’ll likely have concerns about losing your driving privileges, substantial fines and possible jail time.
Your first step should be contacting an experienced DUI lawyer who can advise you of your rights and guide you through the legal system. You’ll need an advocate who understands drinking and driving laws to protect you from the potentially negative consequences of your charge.
Attorney Steven Kellis has been serving Pennsylvanians in DUI-related cases for more than twenty years. He will scrutinize all aspects of your arrest and has the knowledge and expertise to help you get the best possible results for your offense. Having been a Senior Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted hundreds of drinking and driving cases, he understands both sides of DUI law. He will fight to reduce your charge or have it thrown out altogether. His practice is focused solely on DUI, and he offers a straightforward approach to helping his clients in Berks County and throughout the state.
Resolving Your Charge
There are remedies to a DUI offense, especially if you are facing your first drinking and driving arrest. In Pennsylvania, the Accelerated Rehabilitative Discharge (ARD) program is available to help first-time offenders stay out of the system while still addressing the fact of your alcohol-impaired driving charge. The program is designed to rehabilitate the offender and cuts down on court costs and time required for trials and other legal proceedings.
The ARD program can quickly and completely resolve your case without having your driver’s license suspended. You’ll be placed under supervision, but in many cases, will still able to keep your job and ability to provide for your family while resolving your case. An experienced attorney can help you get into the program and benefit from its advantages.
After completion of the program, your charges will be dismissed and you’ll be able to file a petition for an expungement, which will give you a clean record. If asked by a school, creditor or employer, you can then legitimately respond that you have not been convicted of a crime. Your record will be sealed, and only available to the District Attorney in the event that you are arrested again.
Subsequent DUI Arrests
The ARD program is available only if this is your first DUI arrest. However, if you’ve had more than one offense, there are other defenses that can potentially be used to minimize your charge or have it dismissed entirely. Was there cause for your traffic stop? Did the officer read you your Miranda rights? These questions must be investigated. There is also the possibility that the breathalyzer test wasn’t administered properly and you had a false reading.
The accuracy of the blood testing and field sobriety testing must also be considered. Due to the potential for human error, these tests may have faulty results. You will benefit from an experienced DUI attorney who will evaluate the facts of your case and determine the defenses that will best resolve your charge.
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Contact Steven Kellis
A DUI can cause a tremendous amount of anxiety due to the potential complications of the offense. You will need an attorney who thoroughly understands Pennsylvania drinking and driving laws and can aggressively defend you against the prosecutor’s assertions. We offer a free evaluation of your case and are available 24 hours a day. Contact our Berks County law firm today to discuss options for successfully resolving your pending DUI charges.