DUI Lawyer Berks County
DUI, or Driving Under the Influence, is one of the most common criminal charges in Berks County and throughout Pennsylvania. However, that doesn’t mean the consequences are minor. On the contrary, Pennsylvania imposes harsh penalties, and a DUI conviction can have serious negative repercussions. Depending on details like your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) at the time of the incident and whether or not anyone was injured, you could be facing thousands of dollars in fines, months behind bars, and a long period of license suspension.
In addition to these major penalties, you could also be forced to perform community service, receive substance abuse counseling, or install an ignition interlock device in your car. Not only do you face all of these immediate consequences — having a DUI on your record could cause employment problems in the future as well. A conviction of drunk or drugged driving can damage your career, your professional reputation, your financial stability, your mobility, and can even take away your personal freedom.
The bottom line is that you’re facing serious charges: you need the support of an aggressive and experienced defense attorney in your corner. To schedule a completely free and confidential legal consultation with a Berks County DUI lawyer, call the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania today. Let’s start exploring your options together.
Young, Marr & Associates: Berks County DUI Attorneys
Being charged with a crime can be an immensely isolating, anxiety-inducing, and overwhelming experience. You probably have many questions and concerns about what to expect in the days to come. But you don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. The dedicated attorneys of Young, Marr & Associates are here to guide, support, and represent you.
At Young, Marr & Associates, we are veteran attorneys equipped with three decades of experience serving thousands of clients. Our skilled legal team includes former prosecutors, and a former senior deputy District Attorney. Not only are we experienced: we have a history of excellence in the courtroom. Over 98% of our first-time DUI clients receive no jail time, and no criminal record.
When Can You Be Charged with DUI?
If you are driving with a BAC of 0.08% or greater, you can be considered an intoxicated driver, regardless of how sober you feel.
It should be noted that commercial drivers can be charged with DUI at half the standard BAC: just 0.04%.
Bus drivers in particular are bound to an ever lower cut-off: 0.02%.
Refusing a Breathalyzer Test
Many people mistakenly think that if they can simply avoid a breathalyzer test, they can avoid being charged with DUI altogether. This is an unfortunate misconception. Pennsylvania lawmakers have already anticipated this thought process, resulting in what’s called “implied consent.”
Under Pennsylvania’s implied consent law, all motorists “imply” that they give their “consent” to breathalyzer testing by accepting their driver’s license. Therefore, while breathalyzer refusal is technically within your legal rights, it can still result in fines and license suspension. Furthermore, it can actually hurt your DUI case, because it can be argued that you were trying to hide your BAC because it was over the limit.
DUI Penalties in Pennsylvania
It should be noted that Pennsylvania divides intoxicated driving offenses by tier based on BAC:
- Tier 1 (General Impairment): 0.08% to 0.099%
- Tier 2 (High BAC): 0.10% to 0.159%
- Tier 3 (Highest BAC): 0.16% and greater
As BAC tiers climb, so do the legal consequences. The penalties cited below are those associated with Tier 1.
- Sentence: None, but up to 6 months of probation
- Fine: $300
- License Suspension: None
Keep in mind that you will also be assigned mandatory substance counseling, and mandatory driving safety courses.
- Sentence: Up to 6 months
- Fine: Up to $2,500
- License Suspension: Up to 1 year
- Sentence: Up to 2 years
- Fine: Up to $5,000
- License Suspension: Up to 1 year
Pennsylvania’s ARD Program
If you are a first-time offender with a clean criminal history, you may qualify to participate in Pennsylvania’s ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) program. The benefits of this program are truly tremendous. You will not have to plead guilty, you will not receive a conviction, and the charges against you will be dismissed. Acceptance into the program is at the discretion of the District Attorney. However, even if you are initially denied, your attorney can request a reconsideration on your behalf.
DUI charges are serious, but an experienced attorney can help you fight them. To schedule your free and private case evaluation, 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.
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.