Latrobe DUI & Criminal Law Attorney
Because Driving Under the Influence offenses are common, it is easy to come to the false belief that a DUI is “no big deal.” However, Driving Under the Influence is a significant charge that can result in the revocation of your driver’s license for up to a year for even a first offense. Moreover, with each subsequent DUI conviction the penalties increase substantially.
In many instances, the judge, the police and the assistant district attorney handling your case may be courteous and may seem very reasonable. However, their job is to enforce the law — not to protect your interest. It is important to have the guidance of an attorney who represents you through this difficult process to protect your rights and your driver’s license to the fullest extent of the law.
Some common concerns that people have include:
Will I lose my license?
You may, but working with an attorney early can help to mitigate the loss of your license. Some potential strategies to limit the loss of your license include negotiating an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) plea and strategic litigation to reduce the grading of your DUI to a lower tier. Planning and careful action, in collaboration with your counsel, can optimize success in this regard.
Can we make this go away?
An ARD can earn you a full dismissal of the charges against you. Upon successful completion of the program, you may be eligible for a full expungement of the charges against you so that the only remaining record of the charges against you and the ARD may then only remaining on your driving record. This is much more beneficial than having a criminal record and may have significant benefits in employment, family court (should you be involved in custody matter) and when obtaining clearances, such as to volunteer in your children’s school. Our attorney can discuss other DUI defense strategies with you in a free consultation.
How much will this cost?
The cost of counsel depends on many factors, including the attorney’s skill, experience, reputation, and other factors. Court costs can quickly add up to the thousands of dollars and restitution can sometimes be perceived to be greater than the actual loss sustained by a victim. Competent counsel can frequently take measures to mitigate costs and expenses, and to ensure that restitution owed does not exceed the actual damages sustained by victims.
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If you have been charged with driving under the influence, or another criminal offense, contact our office for a free evaluation of your case today. Just call 724-804-8430 or contact us online to start the conversation.