Pennsylvania DUI – First Offense
DUI First Offense
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CHARGED WITH A FIRST OFFENSE DUI?
A DUI arrest and subsequent conviction can have devastating effects on many aspects of your life. This may be your first experience dealing with police, prosecutors, magistrates, and the entire court system. Justice may seem out of reach, especially if you failed a sobriety test. You may feel your plight is hopeless.
Clients often ask if there is any hope that their case can be won. After all, the police have evidence, you have already been arrested—it seems hopeless. Nothing could be further from the truth.
As an experienced Pittsburgh DUI Attorney, Justin Ketchel’s greatest strength lies in critically analyzing and dissecting the details of a police officer’s report looking for weaknesses, neutralizing the police officer’s testimony and questioning the testimony of any experts in regard to blood or breath testing.
At Justin Ketchel Law, we use our own experts to show why the blood or breath test reading was not accurate and we use the applicable case law to seek a full dismissal of your case when you were stopped without reasonable suspicion or arrested without probable cause.
The PA criminal justice system must presume you are innocent of DUI charges unless a judge or jury finds you guilty. A skilled attorney can assist you with every aspect of your DUI charge and will ferociously fight to protect your rights as guaranteed by the Constitution.
Remember, the prosecutor’s case has already started before you even have an opportunity to begin your defense. Don’t delay in contacting us at 412-456-1221 and scheduling a free consultation.
PENNSYLVANIA ACCELERATED REHABILITATIVE DISPOSITION (ARD) ELIGIBILITY
As a first time DUI offender, you may be eligible for a diversionary program, ARD. However, acceptance into the ARD program is not an automatic option. You will need an experienced Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer who will aggressively pursue eligibility into this program–for you.
To gain acceptance, you must meet specific eligibility criteria, be approved by the district attorney’s office in your county and then approved by the Court. That is a very tall task if you are not represented by an experienced and successful DUI lawyer.
Expungement is the process of removing, sealing or clearing a DUI related offense from your criminal record. Depending on the expungement order, this could include clearing of your criminal records as well as removal from police records and any other agencies that have copies of the record. If you are convicted, you will NOT be able to have your charges expunged. Therefore, it is extremely important to have a DUI attorney on your side. Expungement of your DUI is a good way to finally rid yourself of a past mistake.
CONSEQUENCES/PENALTIES OF A CONVICTION
If you are convicted of a First Offense DUI in PA, you will be facing substantial penalties which could include:
- Prison time, UP TO 6 MONTHS
- Probation, MANDATORY MINIMUM OF 6 MONTHS
- Driver’s license suspension, UP TO 12 MONTHS
- Fines, UP TO $5,000
- Fees and court costs
- Court Reporting Network (CRN) Evaluation of Your Drug and Alcohol Use
- MANDATORY Drug and Alcohol Assessment and compliance with recommended treatment
- SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER insurance premiums
- Unable to OBTAIN INSURANCE COVERAGE
DON’T WAIT—CALL JUSTIN KETCHEL LAW NOW – 412-456-1221
Justin’s extensive experience as a former public defender, and in private practice, gives him a distinct advantage when handling DUI cases. His number one goal: HAVING YOUR CHARGES DISMISSED.
At Justin Ketchel Law, we will do everything we can to minimize your expenses. You are never charged for phone calls or emails and your initial consultation is always free. We understand what you are going through and will tirelessly fight on your behalf to ensure that your arrest has a minimal impact on every aspect of your life. CALL THE LAW OFFICES OF JUSTIN J. KETCHEL AT 412-456-1221. We take your case seriously and are committed to providing quality legal advice.