Philadelphia DUI Defense Lawyer

DUIs are one of the most serious criminal charges in Philadelphia.  In 2011, nearly 50,000 DUI arrests were made in the state of Pennsylvania — and over 400 fatalities related to drunk driving were reported.  Bucks County, specifically, has one of the highest DUI rates per capita in the country.

But while DUI may be a common charge, that doesn’t mean it’s a trivial charge.  The legal system of Pennsylvania imposes harsh punishments for individuals who are convicted of DUI (“Driving Under the Influence”), including mandatory jail time, large fines, and license suspensions.  Depending on the driver’s BAC, and whether the DUI offense is their first, second, or third, those penalties can increase dramatically.

Penalties for DUI Charges in Philadelphia

If you are accused of drinking and driving, the penalties are far more severe. It is critical that you treat any DUI charge seriously regardless of whether you have ever been charged with a DUI before.

Potential penalties associated with a DUI conviction vary based on whether this is the first or subsequent offense. Depending on which offense, penalties could include any of the following:

  • Monetary fine of up to $10,000
  • Probation
  • Time in jail
  • Alcohol treatment program
  • Ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle
  • Mandatory alcohol highway safety school

In Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania, a BAC of 0.08% or greater will result in DUI charges.  Depending on the exact BAC level, and the driver’s record of previous offenses, those charges can lead to a variety of penalties with both short- and long-term effects.

First Offense DUI

  • BAC: 0.08% and higher, less than 0.10%
  • Fine: $300
  • Sentence: up to 6 months probation
  • License Suspension: none
  • BAC: 0.10%-0.159%
  • Fine: $500-$5,000
  • Sentence: minimum 2 days in jail
  • License Suspension: 1 year

Second Offense DUI

  • BAC: 0.08% and higher, less than 0.10%
  • Fine: $300-$2,500
  • Sentence: minimum 5 days in jail
  • License Suspension: 1 year
  • BAC: 0.10%-0.159%
  • Fine: $750-$5,000
  • Sentence: minimum 30 days in jail
  • License Suspension: 1 year

Third Offense DUI

  • BAC: 0.08% and higher, less than 0.10%
  • Fine: $500-$5,000
  • Sentence: minimum 10 days in jail
  • License Suspension: 1 year
  • BAC: 0.10%-0.159%
  • Fine: $1,500-$10,000
  • Sentence: minimum 90 days in jail
  • License Suspension: 18 months

It should be noted that while the BAC limit for adults of legal drinking age (21 or older) is 0.08%, the BAC limit is substantially lower for individuals drinking underage.

Minors With Alcohol-Related Charges

If you are a minor caught and convicted of drinking, buying, or transporting alcohol, your parents will be notified, you will have to pay a fine, and your driver’s license may be suspended. There will potentially be additional ramifications both at school and legally.

If you are a minor caught with alcohol, you never want to admit to drinking any of it, or that it was even yours. Instead, call our office to speak with a Philadelphia alcohol charge lawyer, and do not speak to the police without an attorney present.

Why You Need a DUI Defense Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Anytime you are arrested for an alcohol-related charge, you should exercise your right to remain silent and not say anything that could incriminate you. If you admit to having drunk a certain amount of alcohol, it could be used against you later on.

If you or a loved one has been charged with the crime of DUI, it is critical to your success that you immediately retain a team of experienced and aggressive Philadelphia DUI defense attorneys.  At Young, Marr & Associates, we offer our clients multiple advantages over other law firms that defend against DUI charges in Pennsylvania.

  • We are veteran DUI attorneys.  At Young, Marr & Associates, our Philadelphia DUI attorneys have been representing DUI clients for over 30 years.  In our decades of legal work, we have handled more than 10,000 criminal cases.
  • We know Philadelphia.  Because of our many years serving Philadelphia and local communities across the state of Pennsylvania, we’ve been able to establish professional relationships with judges and jurors across the state.  We can utilize those relationships to benefit our clients.  Additionally, because we have been practicing in Philadelphia for so long, we’re highly familiar with area prosecutors, and the arguments they try to use.  Because we can anticipate the arguments, we’re exceptionally well-equipped to defend against them.
  • We are aggressive in court.  We take a highly rigorous approach to defense on your behalf.  Our attorneys have won major sentence reductions, and have had many cases dismissed altogether.  Our track record boasts a long list of client victories.  With 98% of our first-time DUI clients receiving no jail time or criminal record, our DUI success record is close to perfect.

Our Philadelphia DUI Lawyers Can Help You

The consequences of a DUI conviction can continue to cause damage long after the fines have been paid and the jail time has been served.  In some cases, the long-lasting loss of transport can ultimately lead to the loss of a job.  Additionally, a record of DUI convictions can bar drivers from finding employment in industries and positions involving transportation and vehicles.

A DUI charge is a serious matter.  If you or a loved one is facing allegations of DUI in Philadelphia, don’t delay: call the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania immediately, or contact us online to arrange for a free and confidential consultation with a DUI defense attorney.

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RESULTS

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.

CASE DISMISSED

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.

CASE DISMISSED

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.

CASE DISMISSED

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.