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What Happens If You Get a DUI in PA

DUI Attorney Serving Greater Philadelphia Area

Getting charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in Pennsylvania can be an overwhelming experience, with potentially serious consequences. At Applebaum & Associates, we understand the concerns and uncertainties that come with such charges. That’s why we’re here to provide you with a comprehensive guide on what happens if you get a DUI in Pennsylvania and how our legal firm can help you navigate the process.

Immediate Consequences

When you’re arrested for a DUI in Pennsylvania, you can expect immediate consequences that may impact your life:

a. License Suspension: Your driver’s license can be suspended, even before a conviction, as a result of the arrest. This can affect your ability to commute to work and perform daily activities.

b. Arrest and Booking: You will be arrested, taken to the police station, and subjected to fingerprinting and booking procedures. 

c. Bail: Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, you may need to post bail to secure your release from custody.

Criminal Penalties

If you are convicted of DUI in Pennsylvania, you may face several criminal penalties, including:

a. Fines: DUI convictions often come with substantial fines that can place a significant financial burden on you.

b. Probation: You may be placed on probation, which can restrict your freedom and require you to adhere to specific conditions.

c. Mandatory Alcohol Education Programs: The court may require you to attend alcohol education or treatment programs.

d. Ignition Interlock Device: For repeat offenders or individuals with high blood alcohol concentrations, an ignition interlock device may be installed in your vehicle.

Impact on Your Driving Record

A DUI conviction can have long-lasting consequences on your driving record, including:

a. Points on Your License: Convictions result in points being added to your driving record, potentially leading to further license suspension or increased insurance premiums.

b. Insurance Premiums: Your auto insurance rates may skyrocket after a DUI conviction, making it even more costly in the long run.

Employment and Future Opportunities

A DUI conviction can negatively impact your current job and future employment prospects. Many employers view DUI convictions as a reflection of poor judgment and may be hesitant to hire or retain employees with such records.

How Applebaum & Associates Can Help

At Applebaum & Associates, we specialize in criminal defense services, including DUI cases. Our experienced DUI attorneys understand the intricacies of Pennsylvania’s DUI laws and are committed to protecting your rights.

a. Legal Expertise: Our legal team will thoroughly examine the details of your case, looking for any procedural errors, violations of your rights, or opportunities for dismissal or reduction of charges.

b. Negotiation Skills: We have a proven track record of successfully negotiating reduced charges or alternative sentencing options, such as diversion programs or probation.

c. Trial Representation: If necessary, we will provide strong and aggressive representation in court to fight for your rights and interests.

Contact Our Philadelphia DUI Attorney Today

Facing a DUI charge in Pennsylvania can be a challenging and life-altering experience. However, with the right legal representation from Applebaum & Associates, you can navigate through this difficult time with confidence. We are committed to protecting your rights, minimizing the consequences, and helping you move forward with your life. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

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