The charge of driving under the influence (DUI) carries with it a negative social stigma that is often disproportionate to the crime. The tendency of many people is to want to plead guilty and be done with it. Doing so can be a serious mistake that will haunt you for years to come. Many individuals, often at the advice of their attorneys, have done just that only to later discover that the case against them had serious flaws which could have been exploited by a savvy attorney.
At The Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis, every facet and every case is thoroughly examined before any recommendation is ever made. Mr. Kellis is a former prosecutor who is now an esteemed and respected advocate for the accused. He is a veteran jury trial lawyer with 20 years’ courtroom experience who relishes the chance to battle for his clients’ rights. Call today to have him personally review your charges during free, no-obligation initial consultation.
Potential Penalties for DUI in York County, Pennsylvania
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offense that can result in harsh penalties, and by working with a drunk driving defense attorney, you can fight back against the prosecutor and attempt to limit punishment, which could include:
- Driver’s license suspension
- Driving restrictions
- Jail time
- Criminal record
- Community service
Methods for Challenging DUI Charges
Just because you have been charged with a DUI doesn’t mean you are convicted. The prosecution bears the burden of proving the allegations against you beyond a reasonable doubt. There are many sophisticated methods for defending a DUI case. Among them are:
- Challenging the traffic stop: There must be articulable reasons to have pulled you over.
- Challenging the selection of field sobriety test (FST): Only certain approved tests may be given.
- Challenging the administration of the FST: The FST must be given in the prescribed manner.
- Challenging the breath test: Breathalyzer results are notoriously unreliable. A proficient DUI lawyer is frequently able to cast doubt on the test or even have the results excluded.
- Causation of an accident: If there is an accident involved in your case, and you are charged with causing an injury, it is not enough that the prosecution shows you were intoxicated. They must prove that you were the cause of the accident.
- Moving to strike a prior: If you have a prior conviction, and even if there is nothing that can be done in your current case, there is the possibility of striking the prior and having this case be charged as a first.
The penalties for DUI in Pennsylvania vary greatly depending on the level of blood alcohol. The punishment can range from no loss of license and no jail time to lengthy sentences behind bars, loss of driving privileges and hefty fines. Obviously, you want an accomplished DUI attorney representing you with so much at stake.
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Defending DUI Charges in York County, PA
The most effective point of action you can take in ensuring that your rights are protected is to retain an attorney that specializes in DUI cases. Many law firms practice a wide range of law, including civil cases, and often appoint their most junior associates to handle DUI cases to get them experience in the courtroom. Do not settle for the services of anything but a proven entity in the DUI field. Mr. Kellis will personally review the charges against you for defects and areas of possible challenges. Call The Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis today for your free initial consultation.