Most people who have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs having many frequently asked questions about their case. The most frequently asked questions about driving under the influence cases are below. Contact us now, to ask us any additional questions or to set up a free consultation. Our goal at The Zeiger Firm, is to aggressively defend people charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
What is Drunk Driving, or “Driving Under the Influence”?
Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), now referred to in Pennsylvania as “Driving After Imbibing” (DAI), is a serious crime in Pennsylvania. Under the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code, Title 75, a person whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is .08% or higher is considered to be driving under the influence.
What is ARD?
ARD stands for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition. If you are accepted into ARD and successfully complete ARD, you will not have any conviction and you are eligible to have the entire case, including the arrest, erased from your record through the expungement process. We fight aggressively with District Attorneys’ offices to get our clients ARD when appropriate. Many people are simply not eligible for ARD, but those clients that are on the boarder need an aggressive Philadelphia lawyer to fight for them to get them into the ARD program.
What is the Punishment for Drunk Driving?
Driving under the influence (DUI) has severe penalties. The punishment for a drunk driving conviction varies based upon a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level and whether it is a first, second, third or fourth offense or conviction. But, in general, a conviction can lead to the suspension or revocation of driving privileges, jail time and serious personal and professional consequences.
What about Minors, Commercial Drivers and Others?
Minors, commercial drivers, school vehicle or bus drivers and others may be subject to penalties for a “high” blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level even if their BAC level was not in the “high” category.
Should I Refuse the Breathalyzer?
No. Never refuse. Refusal cases are the hardest cases to fight. While the DUI attorneys at The Zeiger Firm have success in refusal cases, it is never a good idea to refuse. Offenders who refuse breath or chemical testing also may be subject to the “high” blood alcohol concentration (BAC) penalties, even if they were under the limit.
Why Do I Need an Aggressive Lawyer to Handle My Case?
The laws governing driving under the influence in Pennsylvania are complicated, and the punishments are severe. It is vitally important to have an attorney represent the accused as early as possible in these cases. With aggressive investigation and lawyering, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys at The Zeiger Firm have convinced authorities to drop and dismiss cases at their inception, before reputations are ruined. When cases do go forward, our criminal defense attorneys understand the crimes a person may be charged with, and we aggressively and zealously will defend you against these charges.
When you need a lawyer to defend you against a charge of or arrest for driving under the influence, contact the Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys at The Zeiger Firm. Our criminal defense attorneys have represented numerous people charged with driving under the influence, and we zealously will defend you in Pennsylvania. To arrange a consultation, please give us a call at 215-546-0340 or send us an email via the form below.