Columbia County DUI Lawyer
Arrested for Drunk Driving? Call (570) 784-5211
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is considered a serious offense in Pennsylvania. If you are convicted of a drunk driving charge in the state, you may face the following consequences:
- Fines and penalties
- Suspension of driver's license
- Jail time
- Higher auto insurance rates
- Installment of an Interlock Ignition Device (IID)
- Community service
- Mandatory treatment for alcohol addiction
- Mandatory alcohol highway safety school
- Inability to get certain licenses and certifications
- Loss of employment
- Negative effects to your credit rating
- Damage to reputation
If you have been arrested on an alcohol-related driving charge, a conviction isn't automatic. Like anyone charged with a crime, you have a right to your day in court. To present the most credible case on your behalf, you need to consult an experienced drunk driving defense attorney.
For four generations, Law Offices of Kreisher & Gregorowicz has successfully represented residents of Columbia and Montour Counties who've been accused of drunk driving offenses. For the sake of you and your family, call us today at (570) 784-5211 for a free consultation.
Pennsylvania's Three Tiered System
Unlike many other states, Pennsylvania breaks drunk driving charges into three categories of severity. Categories are based on Blood Alcohol Content (BAC):
- General impairment: BAC of 0.08 to 0.099 percent
- High BAC: 0.10 to 0.159 percent
- Highest BAC: 0.16 percent and over
Penalties are more severe for each level higher your BAC registers and for each additional offense. A third conviction on a Highest BAC charge can result in:
- A first degree misdemeanor charge
- 18 months automatic driver's license suspension
- One to five years in prison
- Fines up to $10,000
- Mandatory alcohol addiction treatment
- Ignition interlock system for one year
Defense Strategies Against Drunk Driving Charges
While many people think a DUI charge is un-fightable, this is far from the truth. An experienced attorney can examine the evidence of your arrest and the manner in which it was collected, searching to find any holes in the prosecution's case. Flaws in the case against you can get the charges reduced or dropped all together. A skilled DUI defense attorney will ask the following questions about your arrest:
- Did law enforcement have reasonable suspicion to pull you over?
- Did law enforcement have reasonable cause to arrest you for drunk driving?
- Did the arresting officer read you your Miranda rights?
- Was the breath alcohol testing device properly calibrated?
- Was the breath, blood, or urine test operator properly certified?
- Was the BAC test given within two hours of the time you were stopped?
- Was video of the stop and arrest reviewed?
With the minimum BAC level lowered to 0.08 percent, it is easier than you may realize to be considered under the influence. If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving, you need to be proactive about your case. Hiring a skilled defense attorney who understands Pennsylvania drunk driving law should be the first step you take.
The seasoned legal team at Law Offices of Kreisher & Gregorowicz has represented central Pennsylvania residents for over four decades. We are highly knowledgeable of the state's impaired driving statutes.
To protect your freedom, reputation, and pocketbook, call our Columbia County criminal defense lawyers today for a free consultation at (570) 784-5211.