Arrested for Drunk Driving? Our DUI Lawyers Can Help
Respected and Experienced Newtown DUI Lawyers Are Available to You
Across the country, DUI and DWI laws are becoming more and more strict. If you have been stopped for driving under the influence, then you cannot afford to proceed without consulting a trustworthy experienced DUI defense attorney. Challenging a DUI charge is possible if you have the right information. Did the officer have the right to stop your vehicle? Did he or she have the right to ask you to step out of your vehicle? Ask you to perform field sobriety testing? Did the officer request that you submit to a chemical test of either your blood or breath? These questions need to be reviewed by experienced, aggressive Newtown DUI lawyers who are trained to detect the flaws in the Commonwealth’s case against you.
If you are arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Newtown or the surrounding areas, then you will need help from a highly qualified legal team to fight for your rights. At Kardos, Rickles & Hand, we work aggressively to protect our clients’ rights and achieve the best possible outcomes. We treat our clients with respect and dignity as they deal with criminal charges.
What Are the penalties for DUI Convictions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey?
The penalties for being convicted of a DUI or other criminal charges such as traffic violations or drug crimes vary by state and even county. In Pennsylvania, the penalty structure is complicated and depends largely on the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and the number of offenses. Please refer to our reference sheet for details on Bucks County penalties, or talk to the firm if you are located in one of the surrounding counties, as there may be significant differences.
In New Jersey, the penalties for DUI are also based largely upon the offender’s BAC and the number of offenses they already have. The structure is as follows:
- First offense with a BAC of .08% -.10%: Fine of $250-$400; jail sentence of not more than 30 days at the discretion of the court; 12-48 hours must be spent at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center over the course of two days; three-month license suspension.
- First offense with a BAC of .10% or more: Fine of $300-$500; jail sentence of not more than 30 days at the discretion of the court; 12-48 hours must be spent at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center over the course of two days; license suspension between seven months and a maximum of one year.
- Second offense with a BAC of .10% or more: Fine of $500-$1,000; jail sentence of no less than 48 hours; two-year license suspension; 30 days community service.
- Third offense with a BAC of .10% or more: Fine of $1,000; jail sentence of no less than 180 days in county workhouse; 10year license suspension.
How Can a Local DUI Attorney Help You?
The criminal defense lawyers of Kardos, Rickles & Hand participate in and teach at cutting edge symposia on DUI and DWI; we have the most current information on changes in the law, its variations from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and how to identify a questionable case. We take no DUI charge lightly, and we advocate passionately for our clients. Furthermore, our network of exceptionally qualified experts can help analyze your case, determine when forensic evidence is not strong and get the charges reduced or dismissed.
If you chose to do nothing or do not use a qualified DUI/DWI lawyer, then you are much more likely to be convicted of a DUI. Even on your first offense, you will face costly fines, license revocation and jail time if convicted. Additionally, you may have to complete alcohol safety courses and community service. Penalties for subsequent offenses become significantly greater including mandatory imprisonment. We can help facilitate alternatives to you going to jail due to a DUI conviction.
We Are Newtown DUI Lawyers Who Make a Difference
The criminal defense attorneys of Kardos, Rickles & Hand get results. We have been practicing law for over 35 years and, having handled thousands of DUI cases — starting with the preliminary hearing through trial phases including appeals — we have extensive trial experience pertaining to DUI/DWI in the criminal justice system. We possess the necessary qualifications and experience needed to successfully resolve your charges.
Our office location in Newtown, Pennsylvania make us easily accessible to clients throughout Bucks County, Montgomery County and Mercer County. For more information, or to connect with a lawyer regarding your DUI charge, contact our firm online today or call us at 215-968-6602.