Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious charge, but a quick glance at the Lower Merion police blotter will show you it is one many drivers face. While this charge can be life-changing, with a Lower Merion DUI lawyer on your side, you can work to make the best of a bad situation. We are often able to mitigate the impact and minimize the disruption a DUI arrest has on a client’s life.
At the McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., we work with clients facing a DUI or driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge. Do you need help fighting a potential conviction in Lower Merion or elsewhere in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania? Are you wondering if you can beat your DUI?
Will I lose my license after a PA DUI arrest?
For many people, their primary concern after a DUI arrest is the status of their driving privileges. They are wondering if they will be able to head down the street to grab some groceries, pick up their kids from school, or even just drive to and from work. If police arrest you for DUI, there is an automatic administrative driver’s license suspension that goes along with the charge.
However, you have an opportunity to request an administrative hearing to present your case and keep your license. Note, if you do not request this hearing within ten days of your arrest, you will lose your license.
This hearing is often the first order of business we attend to for our clients, representing them in front of the administrative law judge. We present evidence to back up your request for an Occupational Limited License, which would allow you to drive to and from work or make other necessary trips. In some cases, we might be able to help clients retain full driving privileges.
However, this process only applies to the administrative license suspension. If the court finds you guilty of DUI or a related offense, you may still face a criminal license suspension as a part of your sentence.
Pennsylvania does offer an Accelerated Rehabilitative Discharge (ARD) program to help first time offenders get their license back sooner. We can determine if you are eligible for this program, and will do everything we can to help you keep your license.
What other penalties might I face if convicted of a DUI in Pennsylvania?
Many factors play a role in the sentence you receive after a DUI conviction, such as your blood alcohol content (BAC) and any previous DUI convictions.
Will I have to go to court for my Lower Merion DUI?
If the police arrest you for DUI/DWI, you will most likely need to appear in court at least once. Occasionally, we can get the prosecution to drop the charges outright; if not, you will need to appear in court for your arraignment. This is when you enter your plea. In many cases, this is the only court appearance necessary. We can often reach a plea agreement with prosecutors before trial.
How can a Lower Merion DUI lawyer help me?
Our goal is to minimize the impact a DUI arrest has on our clients’ everyday lives. The best way we can do that is to prevent the court from convicting them. We can go about this in a number of ways, depending on the facts of your case. This may include:
- Asking the prosecution to drop the charges due to lack of evidence, mishandling by police, unreliable or improper collection of evidence, etc.
- Negotiating a plea deal for reduced charges such as a “wet reckless”
- Taking the case to court and presenting a strong case in your favor to the jury
We are familiar with the prosecutors, judges, and others involved in trying Lower Merion DUI cases, and understand how to navigate the process. With our team on your side, you can feel confident we will do everything we can to protect your rights and help you beat your DUI.
Contact the McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. for Help Today
At the McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., we know how stressful a DUI charge can be. Let us help you understand your legal options today. Call 610-680-7842 to schedule a no-risk case evaluation today, and our Lower Merion DUI attorney can determine which strategies we can use to help you beat your DUI or mitigate the effects of your arrest.