Should I Get a Lawyer for DUI? Yes, and Here’s Why
An arrest for DUI may change your life. Under Pennsylvania law, punishment and fines for DUI can be serious, and a conviction can mean jail time.
More than 200 persons died in alcohol-related vehicle accidents in 2017 in Pennsylvania—Phialdelphia County accounted for 17 and Chester County 15.
If you have been arrested for DUI, speak to an experienced defense lawyer as soon as possible. Contact the Skinner Law Firm at (610) 436-1410 or online and schedule a free consultation and review of your case.
There are three levels of DUI in Pennsylvania, based on blood alcohol content (BAC):
- General Impairment: 0.08 to 0.099 percent
- High BAC: 0.10 to.0159 percent
- Highest BAC: 0.16 percent and more
The BAC level of a driver, coupled with any record of prior DUI offenses, can affect a potential case in different ways. It is therefore critically important to speak to a DUI defense lawyer, particularly if any other charges are involved, such as:
- Underage DUI
- Failure to submit to breath or blood test
- DUI involving narcotics
- Assault or homicide by vehicle while DUI
Regardless of whether your DUI arrest was a first offense, or one of multiple offenses, you need someone on your side who understands the legal system. There are varying degrees of charges, and the plea you make will help determine the consequences you face. If you have been arrested for DUI, contact the Skinner Law Firm without delay. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we may be able to help.
Protect Your Future
It is not uncommon for someone to consume alcohol at a happy hour after work, while enjoying a night out with friends, or as a wedding reception guest and then be over the legal limit to drive. In fact, a single drink can put a driver over the limit, depending on alcohol content and type of drink, the physicality of the drinker, and time frame from consumption to driving. If someone makes the decision to drive after drinking, even if they are unknowingly above the legal limit, a DUI arrest may mean they end up heading to jail rather than home.
Having a DUI arrest may be a scary and overwhelming experience, especially considering the potential consequences, including:
- Driver’s license suspension or revocation
- Monitoring, such as an ignition interlock system
Every case is unique, and the consequences are not necessarily pre-determined by the charges. Don’t trust decisions about your future to an online search, or second-hand knowledge based on what happened to someone else. If you have been charged with DUI, you need a skilled and experienced Pennsylvania DUI defense lawyer.
The Skinner Law Firm
Mike Skinner is a former prosecutor who now uses his skills and experience to serve clients in defense cases. Mr. Skinner concentrates his practice on DUI and criminal defense, and he uses all available resources to ensure his knowledge of the law is current. He is understanding and compassionate, and committed to working hard for his clients to get them the best possible outcomes for their case.
If you have been arrested for DUI, contact the Skinner Law Firm as soon as possible. Call us at (610) 436-1410 or online to discuss your case. Protect your future by securing the services of the Skinner Law Firm today.