DWI/DUI Lawyers Put All of Our Skills and Resources to Work in Crafting Your Defense Strategy
Conviction for DWI/DUI can impact all aspects of your life, making it critical that you have a skilled advocate on your side when facing these types of charges. DWI/DUI conviction can be embarrassing, and you may be required to disclose this information when applying for jobs, higher education or even a place to live. Financially, a conviction for DWI/DUI can have an impact on your car insurance premium rates for years to come.
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At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., our team of Lansdale DWI/DUI lawyers is committed to exploring every potential avenue for success in your case, and this means keeping current on the relevant Pennsylvania laws as they continue to evolve. We put in the hard work and research necessary to determine how the new legal regime can help each and every one of our clients, and leave no stone unturned in obtaining the best possible outcome in your case. Our over 65 years’ worth of experience dedicating our careers to defending clients arrested on DWI/DUI charges means that we know what it takes to minimize the potential damage following an arrest, and we will be by your side through every step of the process.
Pennsylvania’s New Ignition Interlock Law for DWI/DUI Cases
The law governing DWI/DUI charges in Pennsylvania has undergone a variety of changes in recent years, most of which are designed to provide harsher penalties to those who drive while severely intoxicated. The new ignition interlock law is one of those changes, and also follows the tiered system that is now used to determine punishment after you are arrested for a DWI/DUI in Lansdale. An ignition interlock device is a device installed within your vehicle that will require you to blow into a breathalyzer in order to start the vehicle.
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Under the ignition interlock law, even a first offense DWI/DUI charge can require you to install this device in order to obtain full driving privileges. The law now requires:
- First offenders. First offenders are immediately eligible for restoration of driving privileges if they install the ignition interlock device in the vehicle.
- Second and subsequent offenses. For a second or subsequent offense, a license suspension period of at least six-nine months will still apply, after which the individual may apply for an “interlock license”.
Even if a first offender is not eligible for Pennsylvania’s accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) program, which can reduce the length of a driver’s license suspension from 12 months to between one and three months, that first offender may still apply for an interlock license. As of October 2018, the ignition interlock law is fully effective and can provide those convicted for DWI/DUI with an opportunity to satisfy the required punishment while retaining the ability to drive.
DWI/DUI Lawyers Stand Ready to Defend Clients Arrested for Driving Under the Influence
At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., our dedicated team of DWI/DUI lawyers can help fight for your right to continue driving under Pennsylvania’s ignition interlock law even if escaping conviction for DWI/DUI is not possible in your case. We understand how thoroughly a suspended license can impact your ability to earn a living and even accomplish everyday tasks and will fight to win restoration of your driving privileges. Our experienced DWI/DUI lawyers are here to provide advice and guidance on every aspect of your DWI/DUI charges and are ready to begin fighting on your behalf today to help minimize the potential consequences after your arrest.
Call Today to Schedule a Free Initial Consultation With a Straight-Shooting DWI/DUI Lawyer
Call our skilled team of Lansdale DWI/DUI lawyers to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case or send us a confidential email. We always provide our honest and straightforward opinion about the potential results in your case and are ready to advocate on your behalf throughout the entire legal process. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions About DWI/DUI
A conviction for DWI/DUI in Lansdale will almost certainly impact your insurance premium rates, as the insurance company will view you as a more high-risk driver. Car insurance companies can request and review your driving record before they set the premiums on your policy and, while every case is different, will likely take a DWI/DUI conviction into consideration. With respect to car insurance that you already maintain, you will be required to file a Form SR-22 vehicle liability insurance document with the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles (or the insurance company may make this filing) that proves you have the proper amount of insurance coverage. This form is required for you go get your driving privileges back after a suspension.
If you are injured and must use your health insurance relating to an accident caused while driving under the influence, your health insurance premiums should not be affected because of the Affordable Care Act restrictions that now apply. When applying for a life insurance policy, however, the insurance company will likely ask about any prior DWI/DUI convictions and can charge an extra rate because of this. Existing life insurance policies should not be impacted at all.