Jenkintown, PA DUI Defense Lawyer
The most important decision you can make if you’ve been charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) is what attorney you choose to represent you. Trying to take the law into your own hands can leave you with hefty fines, a suspended license and possibly jail time. An experienced attorney can help you understand the charges against you and fight to reduce those charges.
Young, Marr and Associates has more than three decades’ experience in DUI law. We have worked with thousands of clients, many from Jenkintown, PA, who faced DUI or DUID charges. There are many details surrounding most DUI/DUID charges and navigating through the legal process yourself can be confusing, stressful, and detrimental to the outcome of your case.
What are the Penalties for a DUI in Jenkintown, PA?
In Pennsylvania, a person can be charged with DUI for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance or street drug. For drivers under the age of 21, lower DUI thresholds apply. For instance, a BAC of .02 results in a DUI charge.
A DUI or DUID charge can result in:
- up to 30 days in jail
- 3-month license suspension
- at least 12 hours in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
- a $1000 insurance surcharge for 3 years
- a $250 – $500 fine
- a $100 Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund surcharge
- a $100 Motor Vehicle Commission restoration fee
- a $100 Intoxicated Driving Program fee
- a Safe and Secure Community Program fee of $75
- a Violent Crimes Compensation Fund fee of $50
While jail time and license suspension aren’t usually an issue for first-time offenders in Pennsylvania for those with a BAC less than .10%, offenders can expect a $300 fine, up to 6 months of probation, attending alcohol safety school, and other treatments or penalties may be imposed.
ARD Program for a Pennsylvania DUI First Offense
Also in Pennsylvania is ARD, a program unique to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and designed to spare first-time offenders, who are unlikely to repeat their offense.
Completion of the ARD program results in the dismissal of charges and provides you with a clean criminal history. The District Attorney has final say in who can participate in an ARD program, but generally you must have a clean record and no previous ARD participation within the last 10 years. Further, a minor under the age of 14 cannot have been a passenger nor can a third party have suffered injury or death.
Despite ARD’s benefits, you should consult with one of our experienced attorneys before agreeing to any program. In some instances, the facts may dictate that you should fight the charges against you.
Call Our DUI Defense Attorneys in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
You need an experienced lawyer on your side and Young, Marr and Associates offers that. We will work with you and for you to reduce or entirely dismiss the charges against you.
Do not speak to the police if you’ve been arrested and charged with DUI or DUID. Instead, pick up the phone and call us now! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We make emergency jail or holding center visits, and free consultations are available. Let us help you determine the best course of action, based on your circumstances. We will walk you through the finite details of the arrest, the charges against you, potential consequences if convicted and most importantly, whether or not your rights have been violated in the process. We will stand by you and fight to ensure you get the best possible outcome in your case.
You can reach one of our experienced Jenkintown, PA DUI lawyers by filling out the available form or by calling (215) 701-6519.
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.