In the state of Pennsylvania, those who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are committing a criminal offense. A conviction for any criminal offense in Pennsylvania can result in serious penalties. In the case of a conviction, potential penalties can include fines, loss of one’s driver’s license, and even incarceration. A DUI conviction in Philadelphia County can pose other long-term problems, as well, such as the loss of employment and income, higher insurance rates, and damage to one’s reputation.
Given the severity of the consequences that you can face if you are convicted of DUI, we know that it is important to take all steps possible to potentially minimize a negative outcome in your case. Fortunately, we have nearly unparalleled experience and knowledge when it comes to handling DUI cases. Steven E. Kellis is a former prosecutor with 25 years of experience in cases involving DUI-related offenses. We know how to investigate the facts surrounding your charge, assess the evidence against you, and develop a strategy that is designed to bring you the fewest negative consequences. Contact The Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis today to learn how we can help with your case.
Challenging Your DUI Charges
The ability to build a strong defense against DUI charges is dependent upon the facts and circumstances surrounding your case. While some cases may appear to be air-tight, there are often facts that call into question the legality of your arrest or the charges against you.
Philadelphia County law enforcement officers must follow certain procedures and laws when stopping a driver on suspicion of DUI, administering field sobriety and blood alcohol content tests, and arresting a driver on DUI charges. In many instances, police officers improperly administer field sobriety tests, fail to properly calibrate or maintain breathalyzer machines, or do not appropriately advise drivers of their rights as required by law. When these incidents occur, there may be grounds for challenging the charges against you or otherwise avoiding a conviction. Mr. Kellis is adept at determining which defenses may be available to you, and can help you decide on an optimal way to approach the charges against you.
Assert Your Right to Legal Representation
Even if a DUI conviction cannot be avoided, there are options that may be available to you in order to minimize the negative consequences of a DUI conviction in Philadelphia County. For a first-time DUI offender, there are programs for which you may be eligible that can ultimately result in your conviction being removed from your record, such as the state’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. Mr. Kellis can be instrumental in determining your eligibility for such programs, and otherwise assisting you in accruing the fewest penalties in the event of conviction. Possible penalties for a DUI conviction may include:
- Alcohol/DUI education classes
- Driver’s license suspension
- Installation of an ignition interlock device
The full range of potential penalties for a DUI conviction can vary according to your history of DUI or other criminal offenses, as well as the level of your BAC at the time of your arrest. Attorney Steven Kellis can advise you about the potential penalties in your case if convicted, and help you make optimal decisions about how to proceed with your defense.
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We are dedicated to helping you and your loved ones with your DUI case from beginning to end. Call us today to schedule a FREE consultation with Steven Kellis, and learn about our plan for assisting you through this difficult time.
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1500 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19102