DUI Lawyer Bala Cynwyd
Many people believe that because driving under the influence is such a common crime, it must not come with very harsh consequences. Unfortunately for people facing these charges, that misconception could not be less accurate. DUI is a serious offense with serious penalties to match.
If the allegations against you lead to a conviction, you could be facing a long list of consequences. At “best,” you face the major inconvenience of substance abuse counseling, community service, and the installation of a IID breathalyzer in your car. At worst, you could lose your license, be forced to pay thousands of dollars in fines, and even be incarcerated. To complicate matters even more, having a criminal record could cause long-term problems when you attempt to seek out employment or other opportunities in the future.
If you are facing charges of driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, you need to act fast to defend yourself against the charges. To schedule you free, completely confidential legal consultation with a Bala Cynwyd DUI lawyer, call the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania today. The sooner we can start building your case, the better, so call us right away to start discussing your options.
Young, Marr & Associates: Bala Cynwyd DUI Attorneys
The state of Pennsylvania takes a tough approach when it comes to prosecuting drunk and drugged driving. There were nearly 50,000 drunk driving arrests throughout the state in 2012 alone, and over 400 fatalities. As a result, drivers who are convicted face harsh penalties. It is critical that you enlist the professional support of a committed, aggressive DUI defense lawyer during this challenging time.
At the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates, we are dedicated attorneys with more than 30 years of experience serving the people of Bala Cynwyd and Montgomery County. Our skilled legal team has handled thousands of cases, and we have a track record of success in the courtroom: over 98% of our first-offense intoxicated driving clients receive zero jail time and no criminal record. Our team includes two former prosecutors and a former senior deputy District Attorney, giving us a unique insight into building you the very strongest case possible.
DUI in Bala Cynwyd
If you are driving with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of 0.08% or higher, in the eyes of the law you are driving under the influence. It does not matter if you “feel sober.”
The penalties for a conviction are numerous and harsh. If there are any aggravating factors, such as a high BAC (classified as 0.10% or higher), child endangerment, or a history of offenses, the consequences become more severe.
Potential punishments if you are convicted include:
- Hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines.
- Probation or jail time.
- License suspension or revocation.
- Driving exams.
- Community service.
- Substance abuse counseling.
- Installation of an IID (Ignition Interlock Device) in your car.
In addition to these legal repercussions, you may also find that your insurance rates increase dramatically.
If another person was hurt or killed, you could be facing felony charges.
Pennsylvania’s ARD Program
If you are first-time offender, you could qualify for Pennsylvania’s ARD Program. The ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) Program is a unique opportunity which allows certain individuals to have their charges dismissed. For obvious reasons, this is an extremely desirable outcome — but not everyone can qualify for ARD participation.
In order to be considered as a candidate, you must have a clean criminal record. You may be disqualified if you have already entered ARD at any time within the past 10 years. Furthermore, your incident must not involve death or physical injury to other motorists. Acceptance or denial falls to the sole discretion of the District Attorney, meaning it’s extremely important that an experienced attorney helps to prepare and review your application.
DUI charges can impose devastating fines, strip you of your mobility, and even deprive you of your freedom. Don’t wait until it’s already too late: call the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates right away at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania, or contact us online. Your case evaluations will always be confidential, and the first comes free of charge.
NO JAIL TIME
Commonwealth v. "H" (DUI case)
Client was charged with three separate DUI cases calling for mandatory minimum imprisonment of 90 days on each case. Client was advised to seek immediate intensive alcohol counseling. Client was sentenced to 1 year of house arrest after serving 3 days in the county prison.
Commonwealth v. "C" (Felony drug/Firearms case)
Client was charged with felony Delivery of drugs and illegal gun possession and was facing a mandatory 3-6 year prison sentence in the State prison system. Client was sentenced to one year of house arrest.
Commonwealth v. "S"
Client was charged with simple assault, domestic. After a hearing where evidence and testimony was presented, the entire case was dismissed by Judge Leonard Brown.
State of New Jersey v. "H"
Charges for young man charged with second degree aggravated assault were downgraded to third degree and he was accepted into the County Pretrial Intervention program with charges to be dismissed and record expunged after one year of misconduct free behavior.
OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE TEAM INCLUDES TWO FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
We have decades of experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors, and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Anyone facing charges involving a criminal offense can expect to experience a heightened degree of emotional turmoil, for themselves, as well as their family members. Our team of highly qualified criminal law attorneys and expert legal support staff are committed to providing each of our client’s with the compassion and understanding they deserve, as well as an aggressive plan for representation at an affordable price.
As former prosecutors, we have a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system and how the prosecution prepares cases. In addition, we have long-standing experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
At Young, Marr and Associates, when we say “experience matters,” we mean it. Our lawyers, which include two former prosecutors and a former senior deputy district attorney bring more than three decades of criminal law experience, handling more than 10,000 criminal cases. It is precisely that experience that allows us to achieve outstanding results for our clients facing DUI, traffic, felony and misdemeanor charges in state, federal and juvenile courts.