The Consequences Of Drunk Driving Charges
Driving under the influence (DUI) charges have different names in different states. In Pennsylvania, these charges are called “driving after imbibing” (DAI). In New Jersey, the term for drunk driving is “driving while intoxicated” (DWI).
No matter the name of the charge, drunk or drugged driving has severe consequences — even for a first-time offender. There are mandatory minimum sentences for first-time, second-time and third-time offenders based on blood alcohol content (BAC).
If you are charged with violating any state’s DUI, DAI or DWI law, you will likely pay both substantial fines and increased insurance rates. In addition, your driver’s license may be suspended or revoked.
Our Defense Is Aggressive And Dedicated
At Hark and Hark, our lawyers begin protecting your rights immediately after you retain our services.
Our first goal is to have your charges dismissed at the preliminary hearing by thoroughly cross-examining the police officer who concluded you were drunk. We will examine such points as:
- Was the traffic stop necessary?
- Was your breath test performed properly?
- Was your field sobriety test administered properly?
- Were drugs found in your blood?
- When did the blood test occur?
- If you refused a blood test, when did you exercise your right to refuse?
In cases where the driver refuses to submit to a blood test, it is especially important to have an experienced lawyer because a refusal is a separate proceeding and can result in a one-year license suspension.
Are You A First-Time Offender?
If you have been charged with DUI, DAI or DWI for the first time and have no prior criminal record, you may qualify for a first-time offender Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. In Pennsylvania, your eligibility for ARD or pretrial probation is determined immediately upon your arrest or at your initial court appearance.
It is important to understand that you have no right to ARD. It is a privilege. At times, convincing a prosecutor to permit entry into the program requires skillful and aggressive negotiation. Having a DUI lawyer to advocate for your rights at that first appearance is crucial.
We Take Drunk Driving Charges Seriously
DUIs, DAIs and DWIs are no joke. We will aggressively defend you from consequences that could impact you for years to come. Call 215-665-0766, or contact us online to begin your defense today. We work throughout Philadelphia, King of Prussia and Cherry Hill and the surrounding areas.