According to the Pennsylvania DUI Association, in 2021, alcohol-related crashes increased to 9,220 from 7,700 in 2020. Additionally, 18% of the driver fatalities in the 16-20 age group were a result of drinking and driving, an increase from 17% in 2020. This has made driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs a problem across the Keystone State and across age groups. If you have been charged with drunk driving in Northeastern Pennsylvania, you need to contact the Scranton DUI lawyers at Mazzoni Valvano Szewczyk & Karam. Without help, you may lose your driver’s license, face an underaged DUI, face thousands of dollars in fines, or worse, spend time in jail for driving under the influence.
At Mazzoni Valvano Szewczyk & Karam, we understand how much a DUI charge can affect your future. Our firm has a reputation for successfully resolving cases involving Pennsylvanians and out-of-state drivers charged with DUI. With our lawyers at your side, we will strive to meet your legal needs every step of the way.
In 2004, Pennsylvania lawmakers enacted Act 24 which revamped the state DUI laws in response to federal law. Now, the BAC (blood alcohol content) threshold is .08%. This ensures that the state will continue to receive federal highway funds.
These legal adjustments also altered the penalties of drunk-driving offenses.
Following Act 24 legal changes, the state also adopted a tiered approach to DUI penalties. Such actions that you may undergo include:
However, depending on your BAC or the controlled substances in your system will determine what penalties you may face.
When people have an undetermined BAC or reading of .08 to .099% BAC, there are three tiers to penalties.
A high BAC penalty is for those who had a BAC of .10 to .159% in their system.
For a BAC of .16% and higher or under the influence of a controlled substance, the penalties continue to increase.
However, if you are a first-time offender, it’s important to know your eligibility rights with the Pennsylvania ARD Program.
The rules and regulations involving Pennsylvania’s DUI laws are constantly changing. This is why it’s best to speak with an attorney as soon as possible after an arrest. To help you become aware of the legal implications of various DUI charges, visit the following sections of our website:
We know that police sometimes pull over and arrest drivers who have blood alcohol concentrations below the legal limit. They have even pulled over people who have not been drinking. But even if you were drinking and driving, you have many legal options available to you. Along with getting the court to dismiss your DUI charge altogether, we could potentially reduce your penalty, your fine, or incarceration.
There are many different ways to accomplish your goals. We strive to help clients get an acquittal or a dismissal. In cases where there is strong evidence against a client, we work to minimize the damage of the charges. We may be able to work out an acceptable plea bargain that may include probation.
Possible defenses of a Pennsylvania DUI charge include:
We don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to DUI cases in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We want to meet with you and take the time to learn about the specific details of your case. After you meet with us and if you decide we are the right attorney for you, we will weigh the prosecutor’s evidence against you and apply the law to devise a solid legal strategy. Our detailed, hands-on approach consistently produces positive results in case after case.
Don’t wait another minute after your arrest. Remember, if this is your first offense, there may be ways to prevent you from having a criminal record. Contact our law firm today for more information. We want to help you.
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