Upper Dublin DWI/DUI Lawyers
Experienced DWI/DUI Lawyers Committed to Defending Clients Arrested in Upper Dublin and Throughout Pennsylvania
After you have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Upper Dublin, you might feel as though there is nothing you can possibly do to challenge your arrest—after all, your blood alcohol content (BAC) was established using scientific evidence. This belief, although common, is mistaken. Even if your BAC was established through a breathalyzer test, or blood or urine sample, you continue to have rights that an experienced Upper Dublin DWI/DUI lawyer can fight to protect throughout the criminal process.
At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., our team of DWI/DUI lawyers has dedicated their careers to making sure clients both understand their rights and that the prosecution and law enforcement officials have respected those rights. Pennsylvania’s DWI/DUI laws are strict, and winning your case may be an uphill battle—but our DWI/DUI lawyers have over 65 years’ worth of combined experience helping clients who have been arrested on DWI/DUI charges navigate the legal system and obtain the best results possible under the circumstances.
Understanding Pennsylvania’s DWI/DUI Laws
Pennsylvania has enacted a multi-tiered system to determine the punishment that will apply for those convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (Pennsylvania’s latest DWI/DUI law actually refers to the crime itself as driving after imbibing, or DAI).
The severity of the punishment for DWI/DUI depends upon a number of factors, including the driver’s BAC and whether the driver has ever been convicted of DWI/DUI in the past. As in most of the country, the legal limit for a driver’s blood alcohol content in Pennsylvania is 0.08 percent, or 0.02 percent for minors (in other words zero tolerance).
Penalties for a first offense DWI/DUI in Upper Dublin vary depending upon how high the driver’s BAC was at the time of arrest, as follows:
- BAC between 0.08 and 0.99 percent, resulting in six months’ probation and a $300 fine,
- BAC between 0.10 percent and .159 percent, which results in between two days and six months in prison, a $500-$5,000 fine and loss of driving privileges,
- BAC above 0.16 percent, which results in between three days and six months in prison, a $1,000-$5,000 fine and a 12-month driver’s license suspension.
The penalties for second and subsequent DWI/DUI offenses continue to increase, and also vary based upon the driver’s BAC. Because of this, retaining the advice of a knowledgeable and reputable DWI/DUI lawyer is critical even if this is your first offense and your BAC was within the first tier.
Arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Upper Dublin? Call a DWI/DUI Lawyer You Can Trust
At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., we understand how a DWI/DUI conviction can impact your life, and fight to leave no stone unturned in defending your case. While every DWI/DUI case is different, we ask a number of common questions in every case to determine how we might proceed with a defense if possible, including questions about:
- Why the officer stopped your vehicle, and whether probable cause for the stop existed,
- Whether any field sobriety tests were properly performed,
- How the breathalyzer tool was maintained, and whether the breath test was properly performed,
- Law enforcement’s respect for your constitutional rights,
- Whether law enforcement had probable cause for arrest.
The answers to these questions are often not as clear cut as you might initially imagine, and an experienced DWI/DUI lawyer can often challenge your arrest on a number of grounds. In cases where it is not possible to obtain dismissal of the DWI/DUI charges, we will fight to minimize the damage and punishment that applies in your case. Judges have discretion in determining sentencing within the minimum ranges, and alternative forms of punishment may be available in your case.
We Offer a Free Initial Consultation for All of Our Potential Clients in Upper Dublin, PA
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you likely have a variety of questions about your options going forward and possible defense strategies in your case. Call our skilled team of Upper Dublin DWI/DUI lawyers to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case or send us a confidential email. 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 Upper Dublin, PA
Upper Dublin is located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. Originally, the area consisted of two separate townships—Upper Dublin and Lower Dublin. Lower Dublin was officially incorporated into Philadelphia in 1854, while Upper Dublin remained an independent township. Today, Upper Dublin is home to the Fort Washington Office Park, which is both the current center of commerce in Upper Dublin and the first modern office park to open on the east coast (in 1955). Long-term business tenants include Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson and NutriSystem.
The consequences of a DWI/DUI conviction depend upon a number of factors, including whether you have ever been convicted of a DWI or DUI in the past. Probation or jail time are possible in some cases, and you can lose your driver’s’ license for up to 18 months and be ordered to pay fines that can exceed $10,000. Some courts will require you to install an ignition interlock system that will essentially take a breathalyzer test every time you attempt to start your car. Importantly, your insurance rates can increase dramatically, and, in extreme cases, you may be unable to obtain car insurance at all for a period of time.
At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., we handle all types of DWI/DUI cases, including first-offense DWI/DUI, multiple offense DWI/DUI, failure to take breathalyzer cases, underage drinking, DWI/DUI cases involving commercial drivers, and more.