The Dedicated, Zealous Drunk Driving Defense You Need
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense that can carry a number of life-changing punishments upon conviction. If you have been arrested for or charged with DUI, you need to take immediate action to ensure your rights are protected.
With the help of The Law Office Of Michael T. Winters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, you can trust that your case will be aggressively defended and your future preserved. Mike Winters draws upon his more than 25 years of experience handling all types of criminal defense cases when he steps in to provide you with the knowledgeable, dedicated representation you need.
Consequences For A DUI Conviction
Even a first offense DUI should be taken seriously. If it is established that your blood alcohol content (BAC) was over 0.08% and you are convicted, you are facing a range of consequences that include probation, jail time, monetary fines and the suspension of your driver’s license. Important aspects to note include:
- A first offense DUI may allow you to qualify for the Accelerated Disposition Program (ARD) in Pennsylvania. This is a program that involves taking educational and rehabilitative classes. Upon successful completion of the ARD, the DUI conviction would be removed from your record.
- The higher your BAC was at the time of arrest, the more severe the consequences.
- This is also the case for subsequent DUI convictions. If you are arrested and convicted of DUI a second, third, fourth or more time within a certain time period of your first DUI, you are facing thousands of dollars in monetary fines, months and years in jail, and the loss of your driving privileges for years at a time.
- In addition, you will also have a criminal record that can be viewed by potential employers, potential landlords and other members of the public.
Driver’s License Suspension
For all individuals who are convicted of DUI, all of the consequences have an impact on their lives. However, the loss of a driver’s license can be especially detrimental. Being unable to drive to work or school, or to drive your children to where they need to go, can create increased challenges and stress in one’s life.
If you have had your driver’s license suspended, it may be possible to obtain an Occupational Limited License (OLL) after a period of suspension. This would allow you to legally drive under certain conditions.