First DUI in Montco, PA
Information on What Happens after a DUI Arrest and Procedures / Penalties.
If you have been arrested for a DUI first offense in Montgomery County, PA you are probably wondering what happens next and whether you will lose your license. Like most DUI offenders, you probably have had no other arrests and are not familiar with the legal system.
You may be wondering if you will have to spend time in jail or attend drunk driving school. You also may be wondering whether you will now have a permanent criminal record for the world to see – including future employers, landlords, college admissions, banks, etc.
The penalties and repercussions of a first time DUI Conviction in Pennsylvania can be far reaching and last years. Even though most people who are charged with DUI in Pennsylvania are responsible and mature adults, the process and penalties are the same for everyone.
A criminal record can make your future much more difficult than it would be otherwise, not to mention you could spend time in jail and be forced to pay heavy fines.
You could also lose your license, which may mean losing your job. A DUI conviction takes a toll on families. However, just because you were charged with DUI of alcohol or drugs does not necessarily mean you will be convicted.
An Arrest is Not a Conviction
Fortunately, not all DUI arrests result in a full conviction. There are many options that may help you avoid the most severe punishments, especially if this is a first DUI arrest.
For instance, you may be eligible for the Montgomery County, PA ARD Program. This program can help you keep your license and your criminal record clean.
Being charged with DUI does not mean you have been convicted. There are still ways to fight and win a DUI in court, or other options to reduce the charges and keep them off your record.
At Saadzoi Law, we successfully represent people charged with DUI in Montco PA, including Norristown and also neighboring counties of Delaware County and Chester County.
Attorney Saadzoi can help you get answers to your questions and find alternatives and options to reduce or dismiss your DUI charges.
Attorney Saadzoi knows that good people can make bad decisions and some people are not even guilty of criminal charges. She will help you fight for your freedom and fight to have your charges reduced or dismissed.
Call her for a free legal case evaluation today – 610-566-5956
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Consequences of a First Time DUI Charge in Montgomery County PA
Pennsylvania has very strict drunk driving laws. Much of the penalty you face depends on your blood alcohol content level (BAC) at the time of your arrest.
A first-time DUI defendant with a BAC level of .10% or higher faces up to six months in jail, a one-year license suspension and up to $5,000 in fines. A conviction also means a misdemeanor on your permanent criminal record.
Even at the lowest BAC level, a first-time DUI defendant faces up to six months of mandatory probation, a $300 fine, Alcohol Highway Safety Treatment, a license loss of one year and a criminal record with a misdemeanor.
Please see our page on Penalties for DUI in Montco PA for a more detailed breakdown of the punishments involved for each BAC level and our page on the DUI Court Process in Montco, PA so you know what to expect.
Sentencing Guidelines for a First DUI Charge in Montgomery County, PA
- Tier 1: General Impairment (BAC .08 – .099)
A misdemeanor, six months probation and a $300 fine, and attend Alcohol Highway Safety School
- Tier 2. High Rate (BAC .10 – .159)
A misdemeanor, 48 hours to six months jail, a $500 – $5,000 fine and a one year license suspension;
- Tier 3. Highest Rate (BAC .16 +); Controlled Substance (Drug DUI) ; Refusal of Chemical Test
A misdemeanor, 72 hours – six months jail, a $1,000 – $5,000 fine; a one year license suspension;
How a DUI Lawyer in Montgomery County Can Help You
Attorney Saadzoi has extensive experience and knowledge of the legal system and DUI court process in Montgomery County. She understands what it takes to fight and win DUI charges.
Her goal is to have your charges to be drastically reduced or dropped altogether.
She will work hard to get your driver’s license back or help try to obtain a probationary license or work license that will allow you to drive to your job.
Attorney Saadzoi can also help you apply for alternative programs, like the Montgomery County ARD Program.
FREE LEGAL CASE EVALUATION FROM ATTORNEY SAADZOI
Attorney Saadzoi is here to help – call her today for a free legal consultation regarding your DUI charges in Montco, PA.
Attorney Saadzoi will do everything possible to get your charges reduced or dismissed altogether. Battling DUI charges on your own could increase the likelihood that you will face DUI penalties to the fullest potential of the law.
Learn more about DUI charges in Montgomery County, PA:
- Montgomery County PA ARD Program
- Penalties for DUI in Montgomery County PA
- DUI Legal Process in Montgomery County PA
- DUI Lawyer Montgomery County PA
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