Pennsylvania DUI/DWI/DAI Information
Do you know what to do if you are arrested or stopped for suspicion of DWI/DUI/DAI? This is a position that no one ever wants to be in. Unfortunately, people are human and can make poor decisions. Even if you only had one drink too many, you can face serious penalties, if convicted for drunk driving. Therefore, one of the most important things you can do after being arrested for drunk driving is to consult an experienced DUI lawyer. For information on Pennsylvania's DUI laws or for legal advice regarding your case, contact the drunk driving defense attorneys at MyPhillyLawyer.com, sponsored by Silvers, Langsam & Weitzman, P.C., in Philadelphia.
Information You Need to Know if Stopped for a DUI
- Be careful of what you say: At the point of the traffic stop, the officer has very little evidence to hold against you. Many drivers who are under the influence of alcohol will start talking and back pedaling. Not only does this give the officer the opportunity to hear a slur in your voice or smell alcohol on your breath, it gives them evidence to use in court. You have a right to remain silent — use it. Don't confess to driving drunk without consulting with a lawyer first.
- Know your rights before refusing a breathalyzer: In some states, refusing a breath test may be the right decision because there would not be evidence of blood alcohol content (BAC). But in Pennsylvania, if you refuse a breath test or other chemical BAC test, you will receive the highest level of penalties — as if you had a BAC of .16 or higher AND you will receive an automatic license suspension AND you will automatically be sentenced to three days in jail — in addition to any penalties you may face for a DUI conviction.
- Contact a DUI lawyer: If you are facing criminal charges, there is a lot at stake. If convicted, you may face fines, minimum jail time, installation of ignition interlock, license suspension, and many other consequences. With the help of an experienced drunk driving defense attorney, it is possible to minimize the consequences by getting charges reduced or even altogether dismissed. Learn more about why to hire a DUI lawyer.
For more information or to discuss the specifics of your case, contact MyPhillyLawyer.com and schedule a consultation with our DUI defense lawyers. Our Philadelphia DUI attorneys will go to work immediately to prepare a solid defense strategy.