Being arrested for driving under the influence is a stressful experience. There is little doubt that you are dealing with heightened emotions. You may be fearful of what comes next, and we know that you have questions. You have a copy of your charges, but now what? If you have found yourself in this overwhelming situation, it is important that you consult with a lawyer who specializes in DUI defense in order to determine your legal options.
Cumberland County DUI lawyer Steven E. Kellis has been representing people like yourself for more than two decades. Steven has dedicated his life to defending people facing DUI charges. Prior to becoming a defense attorney, Steven spent several years in the prosecutor’s office. This experience gives Steven a unique insight into the local court system and has given him the opportunity to develop positive relationships with the court. You can rest assured that he will use his knowledge and experience to build a strong case on your behalf. Call our office today at (215) 940-1200 for a free consultation.
Implied Consent in Pennsylvania
Our state is not alone in having established what is known as implied consent. What this means is that when you signed your name on your driver’s license, you told the state that you would consent to any chemical test requested by a law enforcement officer who believes you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In most cases, the test requested will be a breathalyzer. When an officer of the law suspects that you are under the influence of a legal or illegal drug, you may be asked to submit to a chemical analysis of your blood or urine.
While you certainly have the right to refuse any testing, you can be charged with an additional crime for refusing. Should you choose to refuse a chemical test, your driver’s license will be suspended automatically for the period of one year. If you are found guilty of driving under the influence, you face additional consequences which could include a lengthier suspension.
Penalties for DUI in Cumberland County
Any person who is convicted of DUI in Cumberland County faces stiff penalties. If you are found guilty and had a blood alcohol concentration of between 0.08 and 0.09, you are facing up to 6 months of probation and a monetary fine of no more than $300. The good news is that there is no mandatory jail time for a first offense.
If you are convicted a second time with the same blood alcohol concentration, you could spend up to 6 months in jail and pay fines totaling in the thousands. You could also lose your license for a year. Should you be convicted a third time, you are facing 2 years in jail, higher fines and the same license suspension. The penalties only get more severe for subsequent convictions.
If the incident you were involved in caused property damage or injury, and if your blood alcohol concentration was higher than 0.09, the penalties are increased. Subsequent convictions may have you forced to install an interlock ignition device in your vehicle. You may have to attend treatment programs and safety classes, and you may be required to complete community service.
No matter how many times you have been convicted of DUI, having the best legal representation possible is important.
Going to Court
Once you hire Steven, he will begin to gather evidence that is pertinent to your case. He will work to determine whether that evidence was gathered legally, and he will file appropriate motions on your behalf if applicable. In some instances, those charged with DUI have had their cases dismissed due to improperly gathered evidence or no evidence at all.
If your case does go to court, Steven will fight for your rights. This may mean ensuring that you don’t spend time behind bars or working out a plea deal for lesser penalties. Your case is unique, and Steven will treat it that way.
Speak with a Cumberland County DUI Lawyer Today
If you have been charged with driving under the influence, time is of the essence. Cumberland County DUI Lawyer Steven E. Kellis has been defending people against DUI charges for over 20 years. You can trust that he will fight hard on your behalf. Call our office today to schedule your no-obligation consultation.