A conviction for DUI doesn’t just involve jail, probation, and fines. There are many collateral consequences of a DUI conviction, whether the conviction arises out of Chester County, Delaware County or any county in the state of Pennsylvania. Some of these consequences carry impediments that make daily living very difficult.
A few common DUI consequences include:
If you have been charged with a DUI in Chester County or Delaware County, it is important to contact an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable about Pennsylvania’s DUI laws, especially the consequences of a DUI. The attorneys at Skinner Law Firm will aggressively fight for each client charged with DUI.
Call (610) 436-1410 today to schedule a free consultation regarding your DUI case.
A first offense DUI carries mandatory penalties including jail time, license suspension, fines, costs and completion of certain conditions. A judge may impose additional penalties including community service, ignition interlock, probation, or restitution. A conviction for a second or subsequent DUI carries more severe penalties.
Each part of a defendant’s sentence must be completed before the case is over. This means all fines and costs must be paid, all probation must be served, and all conditions and/or treatment completed. A defendant who fails to complete any part of his or her punishment may be found in violation. At a violation hearing, a judge can sentence a defendant to additional penalties, including jail or probation.
If a driver is found guilty or pleads guilty to DUI, he or she will always have a criminal record. The criminal record will be available to the public, including potential employers, school administrators, licensing boards and volunteer entities.
The criminal ‘record’ is broader than most people know. Under public access laws, anyone can go to the local District Court or Court of Common Pleas and look at the criminal file, including the complaint, hearing notices, motions, and guilty plea documents. Even after a file is archived, anyone from the public may access it.
A conviction for DUI will almost always carry a license suspension. A driver license suspension is based on a number of factors, including the number of prior offenses, blood alcohol content (BAC), whether controlled substances were involved, refusals, and other factors. Driving on a suspended license based on a DUI conviction is a severe charge that results in mandatory jail time and fines.
In certain cases, a person convicted of a DUI may be eligible for an Occupational Limited License (OLL) after serving part of his or her suspension. An OLL will only be granted for driving to work, school or for medical needs. An OLL is a privilege, not a right. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) may deny an OLL to any driver if it suspects the driver will not comply with OLL rules.
Contact the Skinner Law Firm today for a consultation about your DUI offense in Chester County or Delaware County. It is important to understand the consequences of a DUI.
In some instances, you may be eligible for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. Successful completion of ARD means no criminal record, no jail time and less license suspension.
Our West Chester criminal defense attorneys at Skinner Law Firm will listen to the facts of your particular situation, and help you identify any defenses or mitigating circumstances to your charge to find the most optimum outcome for your situation. Call (610) 436-1410 for a free consultation.