If you’re facing a drunk driving charge, you are likely experiencing anxiety and will need to make informed choices about your case. A DUI conviction can have a negative impact on your job, reputation and family. Pennsylvania law carries harsh penalties for drinking and driving, especially if it’s your second or third offense.
At our Lehigh County law firm, we understand that this unexpected situation in your life requires the support and guidance of an experienced DUI attorney. We focus solely on drinking and driving charges and understand your plight. Attorney Steven Kellis has a long history of serving DUI clients and will fight hard to help you mount an effective defense for your case.
Building a Defense Strategy
A skilled lawyer handling your offense can help to minimize the potential negative consequences of the charge. Attorney Kellis is knowledgeable about both sides of DUI law in Pennsylvania, having served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted hundreds of drinking and driving cases before starting his practice as a DUI defense attorney.
As your personal advocate, he will meet with you in order to get a clear picture of the circumstances of your arrest. He will then obtain all evidence from law enforcement officials and the prosecutor in order to evaluate your case. After careful scrutiny of the facts, he will determine the best defense strategy for your charge. Attorney Kellis will consider:
- What were the conditions under which field sobriety tests were performed, and what was the experience and training of the officer(s) who conducted the tests?
- Were the breathalyzer results reliable, based on the operator’s experience and skills, and the machine’s calibration and maintenance records?
- Did the officer have probable cause to stop you for a traffic violation?
- Did the arresting officer properly and fully read you your Miranda rights before asking about your actions?
These questions are important as they may lead to the development of defenses that can be useful in minimizing your charge or having it dismissed altogether.
Navigating the Legal System
There may be multiple issues in your case beyond a simple DUI charge. For instance, you may also be faced with the administrative suspension of your driver’s license and other criminal charges related to the incident that led to your DUI.
In Pennsylvania, there are three categories of impairment based on your blood alcohol content: General (.08 to .099%), High (.10 to .159%) and Highest (.16% and higher). Your penalties, potential jail time and fees will be determined by your level of impairment. Any BAC over 0.10 percent is considered to be an extreme DUI.
If you have a drunk driving charge and are involved in an injury accident, or if there is property damage, the penalties are further increased. Minors, commercial drivers, bus drivers, or anyone involved in an accident that causes injury to another person or property damage, may be charged with high BAC penalties even if their blood alcohol content was categorized as general impairment.
It is also important to understand that your sentence can be subject to enhancements if you have prior offenses or if you refused chemical testing. Saying no to a breathalyzer or blood test will not help your case.
Contact Our Law Office Today
You will benefit from speaking with a lawyer as soon as possible after a DUI arrest. Attorney Steven Kellis has the background and experience to advise and help you through all aspects of your DUI case, and aggressively defend you against these serious charges. Contact our office today to make an appointment for a free consultation to help you address your offense and make decisions that are best for you and your family.
Lehigh County Office
3477 Corporate Parkway
Center Valley, PA