A Lancaster County driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the 0.08% legal limit can be charged with DUI in the state of Pennsylvania. Law enforcement officers who suspect you of DUI will verify whether you are impaired by conducting field sobriety tests and a blood or breath test that measures your BAC.
If you are ultimately convicted of DUI, you face potentially severe penalties, which may include a permanent stain on your criminal record, a suspension of your driver’s license, payment of fines, and even incarceration.
Beyond these legal consequences, however, a DWI conviction can result in the loss of your job, the suspension or loss of your professional licensure, and a consequent loss of income for your family. Given these potentially devastating consequences, it is essential that you enlist the assistance of a Lancaster County DUI attorney who will provide you with a staunch defense.
The Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis understands what’s at stake for you in a DUI case. We are dedicated to aggressively representing your interests in order to work toward your preferred outcome, whether it is to get the charges dismissed, pursue a deferral option, or simply minimize the potential consequences of a conviction.
Lancaster County DUI Accidents
Under Pennsylvania DUI law, an offender involved in a DUI accident can face enhancement, meaning that they can be charged at a higher tier resulting in much stricter penalties, including mandatory jail time.
Unfortunately, the way the law is written, the accident does not even have to be your fault; the fact that you were involved in a motor vehicle accident while impaired allows you to be charged at a higher tier.
If you are involved in a DUI-related automobile accident in Lancaster County, you may face serious felony and misdemeanor charges, the penalties for which can include up to 10 years in prison. To help avoid some of the harshest punishments, get in touch with a Lancaster County DUI lawyer right away.
Lancaster County Underage DUI Lawyer
Underage DUIs are serious business. It’s very easy to lose track of how much you’ve had to drink over the course of a night. Some people make every effort to control their drinking, but still get behind the wheel when their blood alcohol content (BAC) is too high.
For drivers of legal drinking age, the consequences of a DUI are bad enough. But for people under the age of 21 who receive a DUI, the consequences can be pretty shocking.
If convicted of an underage DUI in Lancaster County, a person may face the following consequences:
- Steep increases in car insurance premiums or outright termination of their policies
- Additional charges surrounding the DUI charge
- Possible permanent black mark on their criminal record
- Up to 90 days in jail (or even six months in jail for two or more DUIs)
- Fines ranging from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars
- Suspension of their driver’s license
What’s worse is that it’s much easier for prosecutors to get a DUI conviction when the incident involves an underage driver than it is with drivers who are legally able to drink.
Convictions are easier to reach because the BAC requirements to charge underage drivers with DUIs are much lower. Underage drivers only need to have a BAC of .02% to be convicted of a DUI, while drivers of legal drinking age (21+) must have four times as much alcohol per volume in their system (.08% or higher) to be convicted of a DUI.
Mr. Kellis served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney and DUI prosecutor for five years, experience that gives him a unique insight into defending DWI cases. Additionally, Mr. Kellis has the following qualifications:
- Over 25 years of jury trial experience
- National certification in field sobriety testing
- Extensive experience with blood and breath testing procedures and results
With this quality of experience in the area of DUI law, Mr. Kellis can offer you the kind of representation that you need when facing the potentially severe consequences of a conviction. As a seasoned Lancaster County DUI attorney, Mr. Kellis knows the laws, procedures, and requirements that are involved in your case. He can analyze your situation, evaluate the evidence against you, and build the strategy that is individually designed to achieve the most favorable outcome.
At The Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis, we pride ourselves on dedicating all of our efforts to defending Lancaster County clients against DWI charges and other related impaired driving offenses. Rather than practicing in a wide variety of legal areas, we have chosen to concentrate on DUI and related laws so we can better serve our clients.
Our focus on DUI law has allowed us to amass a tremendous amount of experience in this area and continue to gain additional knowledge as laws and procedures change over time. With years of experience on your side, you can rest assured that we will explore every option that is available in your case.
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