Doylestown DWI/DUI Lawyers
Experienced DWI/DUI Lawyers Vigorously Advocate for Clients Arrested in Doylestown and Throughout Pennsylvania
Questions about the possible consequences for a DWI/DUI arrest can keep you awake at night and make it difficult to concentrate on what’s important in your life. This is understandable, as a DWI/DUI conviction can have far-reaching consequences that extend beyond completing the punishment in your case, especially if you have any prior DWI/DUI convictions or were considered to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) that rendered you highly intoxicated at the time of your arrest.
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You do not have to go through this time alone. The experienced Doylestown DWI/DUI lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg, and Gifford P.C. understand how difficult the uncertainties and fears that you face during this time period can be, and are here to help. We not only answer your pressing questions but ask you questions of our own so that we can work to formulate possible defense strategies in your case. No lawyer can guarantee that your case will be dismissed, but our lawyers can guarantee that we will explore every available option to help minimize the consequences in your case. Call our offices today to schedule a free initial consultation to see how our team can help.
Minimum Sentencing Rules for DWI/DUI Convictions in Doylestown Pennsylvania
Under a Pennsylvania law that was enacted to crack down on drunk driving in recent years, when a driver tests positive for a BAC of 0.10 percent or greater, that driver will be sentenced to at least two days (and up to six months’) jail time. When BAC register at 0.16 percent or more, that minimum jail term becomes three days. These are the minimum jail requirements that apply for first-time DWI/DUI offenders, and apply even if you have never been accused of committing any other crime.
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Although judges, of course, have the discretion to impose the minimum amount of jail time possible, spending even one night in jail is never a pleasant experience. The penalties for DWI/DUI conviction only become harsher after a first conviction, even if you were allowed to participate in a diversionary program after your first Doylestown DWI/DUI arrest. For second offenders, the penalties range from:
- 0.08-0.99 percent BAC, between five days and six months in prison, with fines of $300-$2,500,
- 0.10-0.159 percent BAC, between 30 days and six months in prison, with fines of $$750-$5,000 and a 12-month driver’s license suspension,
- BAC above 0.16 percent, between 90 days and five years in prison, a fine of $1,500 and an 18-month driver’s license suspension.
Second and subsequeoffennt ses also require a mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, which will require that you submit to a breathalyzer each time you attempt to drive your vehicle. The court may also mandate drug and alcohol counseling and screening.
Doylestown DWI/DUI Lawyers Help Clients Navigate the Pennsylvania Legal System to Minimize DWI/DUI Consequences
Despite Pennsylvania’s minimum sentencing laws for even first-time DWI/DUI offenders, when you have an experienced DWI/DUI lawyer in your corner, you have a much more significant chance of challenging the arrest and challenging application of higher-tier penalties. The DWI/DUI lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. are committed to thoroughly researching and investigating all of our clients’ cases to help minimize the consequences of the arrest.
Contact Our Offices to Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Your Doylestown DWI/DUI Arrest Today
If you have been arrested on DWI/DUI charges in Doylestown, call our skilled team of DWI/DUI lawyers to schedule a free initial consultation for advice and evaluation about your caseor send us a confidential email and we will get back to you. For your convenience, we have two offices that are located at 2605 N. Broad Street, Colmar, PA 18915 and 12 Penns Trail, Suite 145, Newtown, PA 18940. We offer free and convenient parking for all of our clients.
About Doylestown, PA
Doylestown is located about 35 miles north of Center City in Philadelphia and is the county seat of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The borough of Doylestown itself originated from an inn and tavern located on what is today the corner of Main and State Streets. Building on its history, as the years went by, Doylestown began to develop into a tourist destination and is known for its many bars and restaurants, attracting visitors from nearby Philadelphia and New York City, who historically maintained country estates in the area.
Frequently Asked Questions About DWI/DUI
Legally, yes. Pennsylvania’s implied consent law means that all drivers on the roadway are considered to have agreed to chemical blood, breath or urine tests simply by driving on the Pennsylvania roadways. Refusal to submit to a chemical test results in a mandatory one-year driver’s license suspension (and a $500 fee to have the license reinstated). If you refuse a second or third time, your license will be suspended for 18 months and the reinstatement fee increases to $1,000 or $2,000, respectively.
Usually, refusing to submit to a chemical test will not help your situation, especially if this is your first offense. While the penalties for a DWI/DUI conviction are harsher than those that apply if you refuse a test, refusal to submit to a chemical test does not mean that you cannot be convicted of driving under the influence—law enforcement officials are not strictly required to present evidence via a chemical test in court, and can testify as to their observations at the time you were pulled over. In fact, refusal can even be used as evidence that you were, in fact, guilty of driving under the influence. That means you can face both the penalties for refusing the test and the penalties for DWI/DUI. If you have been arrested for refusal to submit to a chemical test, contact our offices today for advice specific to your case.