DUI/DWI

Scranton DUI Attorney

Defense for Drunk Driving Charges in Pennsylvania

Are you searching for a lawyer for DUI in Scranton? At Rogan Law, we are availabel 24/7 to provide you with answers to these questions and can address any additional concerns you may have regarding DUI, DWI, or OUI charges.

After being arrested and charged with DUI in Pennsylvania, there are a number of issues people typically consider: Will they have to serve time in jail? If so, how much time will they have to spend there? How much will they owe in fines? Will they lose their driver's license? Will they have to complete DUI School or perform community service?

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is against the law, and any individual found to be operating a motor vehicle while their blood alcohol content is over the legal limit of .08 percent can be arrested and charged with drunk driving. A lawyer can do much to improve the overall status of your case and will help you during the criminal process. Oftentimes, individuals arrested for driving under the influence will neglect to hire an attorney because they feel like there is too much evidence against them and they lose hope. As any experienced DUI attorney will tell you, there are ways of defending you against this type of charge, even if a breath or blood test showed your BAC to be over the legal limit.

Penalties of Driving Under the Influence

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Depending upon your blood alcohol content and the number of previous DUI convictions on your record, you could face jail, fines, probation, community service, driver's license suspension, alcohol rehabilitation or counseling, and DUI School. The extent of the penalties and the skills of your DUI defense lawyer are directly correlated, so it is important to choose an attorney who is capable of effectively handling your Scranton or Wilkes-Barre drunk driving case. Looking at the Pennsylvania drunk driving laws, 75 Pa.C.S.A. §3802, the breakdown of penalties includes:

1 st offense:

  • Up to six months on probation
  • A fine of up to $300

2 nd offense:

  • One year license suspension
  • Between five days and six months in prison
  • A fine between $300 and $2,500
  • Ignition interlock device

3 rd offense:

  • One year license suspension
  • Between 10 days and two years in prison
  • A fine between $500 and $5,000
  • Ignition interlock device

Defense Tactics for DUI Charges

Challenge the "driving" aspect- Were you actually driving the vehicle at the time of the alleged offense. Did the arresting police officer actually see you driving?

Challenge the arrest aspect- Did the officer have probable cause to arrest you? Did the arresting officer fail to read you the Miranda Warning?

Challenge the officer's testimony- The arresting officer will give a testimony regarding your behavior at the time of arrest. If their testimony is false, you could call up witnesses that saw what really happened. You could also provide answers as to the real reason why you behaved a certain way.

Challenge the Field Sobriety Tests- These types of tests are not an accurate measurement of sobriety, they are basically made for people to fail.

Challenge the breath or blood test results- Thee are strict regulations on how the blood and breath tests are to be conducted. If the arresting officer deviated from protocol in any way then the results could be compromised.

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It is important to note that these are the penalties for general impairment. The consequences can be more severe if there was a high rate of alcohol in the drivers' system. A high rate of alcohol from .10% to .159% and the 'highest' rate of alcohol is between .16% and above which could hold harsher consequences as well.

Contact Rogan Law anytime 24/7 to discuss your unique drunk driving case and the penalties at stake. Our Scranton DUI attorneys can help you defend against your charges.