Driving under the influence is a crime in Pennsylvania. The maximum blood alcohol level for driving is 0.08% for persons at or over the age of 21, with suspension of license on the first offense, and 0.04% for a person operating a commercial vehicle, with revoking of the license on the first offense. For those under 21, Pennsylvania follows a “zero tolerance” policy, meaning that any BAC over 0.02% is enough to warrant a DUI.
Many individuals facing DUI/DWI charges wonder whether it is necessary to hire an attorney to fight these charges, especially when you believe you are guilty of the pending charges. If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving, you won’t want to take your DUI/DWI lightly. Hiring an experienced DUI attorney always has its benefits. An experienced attorney will be familiar with the court system, knowledge of plea bargain details, and have the ability to navigate complex administration procedures. It’s especially important if you are a repeat offender.
Finding a DUI/DWI attorney experienced in this area of legal representation is imperative. Your attorney will advise you on all the factors involved in developing a viable defense and make you aware of any available alternatives. In many cases, the reason behind the stop of your car and reliability of the test results are susceptible to challenge in court. Your attorney may be able to show there is reasonable doubt as to the accuracy of the test. This can substantially change the outcome of your case.
The consequences of a conviction can be severe. In addition to substantial fines and the possibility of incarceration, you could put your job at risk, and lose your driving privileges for a lengthy period of time. John E. Kusturiss, with offices in Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, is a former assistant district attorney who has handled hundreds of criminal cases throughout eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We understand firsthand how the state prepares and argues criminal matters. Call us today at 610-565-0240 and make an appointment for an initial consultation. We serve Media, Springfield, Chester, Upper Darby, Ridley Park, Newtown Square, & Havertown, PA.