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LANCASTER PA DRIVING UNDER
THE INFLUENCE DEFENSE

 

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have major consequences.  We understand that sometimes good people end up being charged with this offense and sometimes innocent people end up getting charged with driving under the influence.  In order to preserve your options, it is critical that you retain a law firm that handles DUI Defense immediately after being accused of such an offense.  At the Law Office of Justin Gearty, we have experience with DUI trials, pre-trial dismissals, plea negotiations, and admission into the ARD program.

The legal limit in Pennsylvania for alcohol is only .08% BAC.  A person cannot have any trace of illegal drugs in their system, such as: heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, pcp, and more.

The potential penalty for DUI depends on the BAC level, whether a controlled substance is in the person’s system, and whether the Defendant has any prior DUI convictions within the past ten years.  Most convictions, if ARD is not approved, carry mandatory minimum jail or prison sentences.

For example:

*For a 1st offense DUI with a BAC over .159, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of 72 hours up to a maximum of 6 months.

*For a second offense at the same BAC level, there is a mandatory minimum of 90 days in jail

*For a third offense with a BAC of .159 (highest tier), there is a mandatory minimum sentence of 1 year in prison.

*For DUI’s involving drugs, the mandatory minimum is the same is the top tier for alcohol related DUI.

If you have been charged or accused of DUI, contact our DUI Defense Lawyers today for a free phone consultation.

*For 1st offense cases that are ARD eligible, we are often able to charge a flat fee that may be as low as $800.00*