Having to call a DUI lawyer is never a position someone wants to be in. But if you are facing drunk driving charges, you will need an attorney to help get you through this difficult and stressful time with as little disruption to your life as possible. A DUI charge is an urgent matter, and the potential consequences — legal, professional and social — can seem overwhelming.
If you are in the Willow Grove area, the McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. can go over your case and your best options for a legal defense. Our focus is on DUI cases, which gives us the experience necessary to build a strong case and potentially get your charges reduced or dropped. We know how to navigate the court system in Montgomery County and how to proceed with your future in mind.
What penalties come with a DUI conviction?
The penalties for a Pennsylvania drunk driving conviction are severe. The maximum sentences depend on whether you already have a DUI record and your level of intoxication at the time of your arrest.
Note: If you caused an accident while intoxicated and others were injured, you may face felony charges which bring even stiffer penalties. You will also face higher penalties if there was a minor in the car.
What can I expect a DUI attorney to do for me?
We start by looking at the facts of the case and pulling together information vital to your defense. Here are a few examples of the questions we might ask to determine the best plan of action:
Were the police justified in stopping your vehicle? Police officers must have a good reason to suspect a driver is intoxicated before making a traffic stop. We will ensure law enforcement demonstrates they had just cause in pulling you over.
Did police perform sobriety tests in a proper manner? The implied consent law in Pennsylvania requires drivers submit to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test by chemical means, either through a breathalyzer, urine, or blood test.
The law does not require motorists to comply with a field sobriety test, which might include walking in a straight line, standing on one leg, reciting the alphabet backwards, etc.
If you did consent to such a test, we can examine whether police administered it legally.
Are the chemical BAC test results usable as evidence? If an officer did not conduct breath or blood tests properly, the results might not be admissible in court as evidence in your case. In some cases, the breathalyzer malfunctioned or the officer did not calibrate it correctly. We will examine whether the test results could have been compromised by the officer or affected by the equipment in a manner that might make them inadmissible.
Was the administrative suspension of your license properly carried out? Refusing a chemical BAC test in Pennsylvania means an automatic license suspension no matter what happens in a DUI case that may result from the traffic stop. This is called an administrative suspension. There is a 30-day deadline to appeal such a suspension. We can represent you throughout the process and work to get your suspension thrown out.
Do you qualify for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)? ARD is a program for first-time DUI offenders. If you qualify for an ARD, your case is eligible for dismissal and milder penalties. You could even qualify for having the offense expunged from your record.
A Willow Grove DUI lawyer at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. can look at your case and provide candid analysis and advice every step of the way. We will work to minimize your sentence by exploring every available option.
We will vigorously evaluate your options for dismissal and negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf to drop charges or reduce them to a “wet reckless.” If we are unable to get your license suspension or DUI charge thrown out, we will work to get you an Occupational Limited License, also known as the “bread and butter” license, which lets you drive to work, school, and other essential places.
Both of these processes are complex, but we have years of experience navigating both.
If the case goes to trial, we will defend you with the benefit of comprehensive DUI practice.
Protect your future. Call the McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. today.
One mistake does not need to change your life forever. Get help from a law firm with extensive experience handling DUI cases in Montgomery County. The McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. knows how to find the right evidence and how to hold police accountable for mistakes.
David McKenzie has spent years fighting for drivers charged with DUIs. If you are facing a drunk driving charge in Willow Grove, call 610-680- 7842 today to set up a consultation.