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How Can A Criminal Defense Attorney Help After A DUI Arrest In Pennsylvania?

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Whether it’s your first DUI arrest or your third, you may not know how an attorney can benefit your situation. While there are many reasons to work with an attorney, one of the most important is that they can help examine your situation and create a defense strategy to minimize the penalties of your offense. They can also help make sure that your rights weren’t violated and file a suppression motion if the initial reason for the traffic stop was illegal.

Ultimately, the most important reasons to work with a criminal defense attorney is to make sure that a knowledgeable legal advocate is fighting for you, regardless of what happened. DUI penalties can carry serious consequences that could involve time in jail, fines and a criminal record. Hiring a lawyer is the first step you can take to protect your freedom and rights.

 An Attorney Can Evaluate The Evidence Against You

In Pennsylvania, driving with a blood alcohol content of at least .08% may be enough to convict someone of driving under the influence. No other proof may be necessary for penalties to be enacted. However, the process to test someone for driving while impaired can be more complicated than it may initially seem. Breathalyzer devices must be meticulously maintained to work correctly, and police officers must adhere to strict regulations while administering the test.

Furthermore, the reason for the stop should be legal for the evidence to be used in court. If you were pulled over because of a reason that didn’t impact your driving ability, such as having fuzzy dice in your window, you may be able to file a suppression motion to have the evidence suppressed. This means that some of the evidence collected during the stop may not be shown in court.

A criminal defense attorney can help assess your case and determine if the police officer who pulled you over did so legally, followed the necessary procedures and used properly maintained equipment. If one of these steps weren’t followed, your lawyer may be able to advocate for a reduced sentence or even dropping charges, based on improperly gathered or lack of legitimate evidence.

Very Little Evidence Is Needed For A Conviction

DUI penalties can affect you for years after your conviction. You may be facing jail time, up to $5,000 in fines and license suspension up to a year or more. While the threshold for a conviction is .08% for most drivers, it is .04% for commercial drivers and .02% for drivers under 21 years old. Because blood alcohol content may be the only necessary evidence for DUI conviction in Pennsylvania, it’s important to understand the levels at which a driver could be charged.

An attorney adds value to your case by advocating for your rights, ensuring the police followed proper procedures throughout the process and helping preserve your freedom by advocating for the best possible outcome in your situation.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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