Driving while under the influence is something that should be avoided at all costs. Not only is it against the law, but it’s simply dangerous for the intoxicated driver and for the people that they share the road with. However, regardless of the dangerous nature of this act, people do it anyway, often because they are too intoxicated to realize that they shouldn’t drive. In the best situations, the person gets home safe, but often, they are pulled over for DUI or they cause an accident that leads to their arrest. In either case, they will need a DUI defense attorney in Lancaster County, PA.
Possibly the only time that a driver won’t need a DUI lawyer is if they are facing their first offense. The exception is if the driver wasn’t drinking or doing drugs, then they’ll want representation whether it’s their first offense or not.
The penalty for a first-time offense that didn’t result in an accident or the injury or death of others is almost always the same. The person will face a fine and a suspension. While there are always some exceptions – there are people who receive bigger fines and jail time – there is never a lesser penalty. A lawyer will be unable to reduce the fine or probation period in this situation.
In a case where the breathalyzer test reveals a reading exactly one point over the legal limit, a lawyer may be able to get the charges reduced. The reason for this is that breathalyzers are known for not being entirely accurate. For someone who is borderline on their readings, it’s possible to argue that the test was inaccurate. This can lead to a lesser charge, but it’s doubtful that the charges will be dismissed entirely. Usually, a reckless driving charge will replace the DUI charge.
Injuries or Death
When a DUI offense leads to an injury or death, hiring a DUI defense attorney in Lancaster County, PA is vital. The courts don’t take kindly to drivers that injure or kill others because they were in an altered state while driving. A lawyer can make a huge difference when it comes to jail time.
Your best bet is to avoid driving under the influence. However, if you have and you’ve been arrested, you might want to call the Law Office of Melissa R. Montgomery to discuss your options.
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