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DEFENDING AGAINST DUI CHARGES

If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), it is important to contact an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable about Pennsylvania’s DUI laws, especially defenses to DUIs. The attorneys at Skinner Law Firm are experienced trial attorneys that aggressively fight driving under the influences charges.


Unlawful Vehicle Stop

Building a case against a DUI starts even before an officer makes contact with you. In order to stop a driver, police must have reasonable suspicion that you are driving impaired or have committed a crime. If an officer cannot articulate such grounds for stopping you, then your case can be won in pretrial trial litigation.

Another defense to an unlawful stop is jurisdictional limits. Local police cannot just cross municipal, county, or even state lines to randomly stop motorist. However, there are certain exceptions to this rule so it is important to consult with an experienced attorney.


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Unconstitutional DUI Arrest

Often times an law enforcement will request a suspected-DUI motorist to submit to field sobriety testing on the side of the road.  Whether a driver passes or fails these tests is often left up to an officer’s personal discretion.  Such aspects of an officer’s belief that you are driving impaired include the following:

  • “slurred speech”;
  • “glassy and bloodshot eyes”;
  • “odor of alcohol enumerating from person”; and
  • “unsteady on his or her feet.”

These observations are not always indicative of someone who is impaired or driving under the influence. At Skinner Law Firm our attorneys are trained in defending against such speculative opinions. Contact us today to learn more.


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Defects in Chemical Testing

If you have been arrested for a DUI, one of the first things a police officer will do is request that you submit to chemical testing of your blood or breath. Such tests are used to determine your blood alcohol content (often known as the BAC). If a police officer believes you are under the influence of a drug or controlled substance, a blood test can also detect for that.

Chemical tests are not infallible.  Errors in testing procedures and equipment malfunction can lead to inaccurate results. These inaccuracies, if left unchallenged can land you in jail and with thousands of dollars in court fees & fines. The attorneys at Skinner Law Firm are well versed in chemical testing procedures and know how to check for errors in blood, breath or urine test results.

If you did not submit to a chemical test but were asked to, you may have been deemed a “DUI refusal.” Refusing to submit to chemical testing can result in higher penalties. Contact a lawyer today at Skinner Law Firm to discuss your options.


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Experienced, Aggressive DUI Trial Lawyers

We represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, including Chester County and Delaware County. The attorneys at Skinner Law Firm will aggressively fight and defend your case. In some instances, you may be eligible for the ARD program. Call our West Chester Office at (610) 436-1410 to schedule a free consultation.

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