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Arrested for DUI in Pennsylvania?

Five things you can do

Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is dangerous, serious, and still far-too-common in Pennsylvania.  Based on prior record of conviction, and on the blood alcohol content (BAC) of an impaired driver, penalties[H1] include the following:

  • Suspension of driving privileges
  • Treatment or education programs
  • Fines
  • Jail or prison time
  • Probation and other consequences

We have represented clients on DUI matters for decades. Given the consequences of a DUI conviction, here are simple steps to take to assist your defense:

  1. Speak only to counsel: Do not answer questions from law enforcement without legal representation.  Politely provide identifying information as requested, but nothing else.
  2. Roadside tests: You can refuse to participate in roadside sobriety tests without penalty.  These tests provide additional proof of impairment—but are physically challenging even to sober individuals.
  3. Take it seriously: A DUI citation is not just a traffic ticket.  Conviction results in a criminal record and administrative suspension of driving privileges.
  4. Write down your account: As soon as possible after arrest, write down your activities 24 hours prior to arrest including amount of sleep, medications taken, health issues, diet, and contact information for witnesses.
  5. Consider options: First-time DUI offenders are usually eligible for a pretrial diversionary program called Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD).  Upon completion, your criminal record may be expunged.

Driving impaired is dangerous.  Understanding your rights is important.  If arrested for DUI in Reading, Kutztown, or anywhere in Berks County, call us—we can help.


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