Arrested For Drunk Driving In Pennsylvania?
If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence in Pennsylvania then you are likely dealing with a range of emotions right now.
A DUI arrest can be a frightening, stressful, and confusing experience filled with many uncertainties:
- Will I lose my driver’s license?
- Am I going to jail for this?
- Should I fight the charges?
Don’t worry… these are all common questions after a DUI and will be answered by a qualified defense attorney soon.
Legal Options After A DUI
Many people mistakenly believe that their only option after being arrest for intoxicated driving is to plead guilty to the charges and accept the standard penalties of a DUI conviction.
However, this is not the case.
Challenging Your Arrest
The DUI laws in Pennsylvania are strictly enforced. Any driver who has a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08% or more is considered to be under the influence and can be arrested for DUI – no exceptions.
Shouldn’t we have the right to hold the law enforcement to equally strict standards?
Mistakes Are Made
The truth is that mistakes are made, and not just by drivers.
Many police officers actually make errors when stopping and arresting drivers on suspicion of intoxicated driving:
- Was there probable cause to stop your vehicle in the first place?
- Did the arresting officer administer your field sobriety tests and/or chemical test correctly?
- Were you read your Miranda rights during the arrest?
Some of these mistakes can result in certain evidence against you being dismissed and your charges being dropped.
In fact, a mistake made by a police officer during a DUI arrest could even cause a miscalculation of your estimated BAC level, leading to an unwarranted arrest.
Negotiating A Favorable Outcome
Even if you are not completely acquitted of the charges against you, it may be possible to negotiate a plea bargain or other favorable outcome, such as:
- A reduction in your charges and associated penalties
- Enrollment in Pennsylvania’s ARD program
- Expungement of your criminal record
Pursuing alternative legal options after a DUI arrest is highly advisable, but should only be done with the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.