DUI or Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is a serious crime.
If you are charged with DUI in Lancaster County and it is your first offense, you may be eligible for ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) which is a sentencing program that can often avoid any jail time or a license suspension. It is important to evaluate your eligibility for ARD early in the process, so you will want to consult with an experienced DUI attorney immediately after arrest.
Before a preliminary hearing, consult with an Attorney
There are defenses to DUI charges and this is another reason to seek immediate legal help. Often the circumstances of an arrest determine whether evidence was legally obtained and the arresting officer’s actions may be critical to your defense. You will want to contact your attorney before a preliminary hearing and while the facts are still fresh in your mind. Your defense starts before the first hearing.
Second or third offenses could face jail time.
If it is your second or third DUI offense, you could be facing jail time and a lengthy license suspension. You will need to know the potential outcomes right away, including the strength of any potential trial defenses, the sentencing alternatives available to you if you plead guilty or are convicted at trial, and the length of any license suspension, in order to plan a strategy to achieve the best possible result for your circumstances.
Get DUI answers from experienced defense attorneys
DUI includes substances like marijuana and even some prescription medications, like oxycotin, clonopin or xanax. If your DUI charge involves an accident, serious injury or even death, the potential penalties will increase and the consequences can seem overwhelming. A brief initial consultation with an experienced defense attorney can help answer all the important questions and give you the guidance you need to resolve your case.