Pennsylvania’s blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is 0.08% for general motorists, 0.04% for commercial drivers and 0.02% for drivers under the age of 21.
In Pennsylvania, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious offense that carries serious penalties. In addition to substantial fines, possible penalties include: incarceration; probation/parole; license suspension; an ignition interlock device on your vehicle; drug or alcohol treatment; fines; costs; and more. You could also lose your auto insurance and put your employment at risk.
An Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer Doylestown Can Make a Difference
Before pleading guilty to a DUI charge, contact Keith J. Williams for DUI Defense to protect your rights. As an experienced DUI Defense Attorney, Mr. Williams defends clients in all types of DUI cases in Bucks County, Montgomery County, Lehigh County, Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Whether taking your case to trial or negotiating a satisfactory resolution with the district attorney’s office, Keith J. Williams has the knowledge, training and experience to avoid and/or minimize penalties you could be facing.
Pennsylvania’s DUI Sentencing Tiers Levels
The severity of sentencing penalties increase based on your Blood Alcohol Content levels, the number of times you’ve been convicted, and whether or not injuries and damages resulted from your DUI.
GENERAL IMPAIRMENT: 0.08 to .099% BAC
HIGH RATE: 0.10 to 0.159% BAC
HIGHEST RATE: 0.16% BAC and Up
In addition, it is also illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance. These substances include some prescription medications (above the therapeutic level) along with marijuana and street drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and oxycodone.
It’s important to note that driving under the influence of a controlled substance is also punished at the Highest Rate BAC level. Click here for info on Minimum Levels of Controlled Substances or Their Metabolites in Blood to Establish Presence of Controlled Substance.
Strategic Drunk Driving DUI Defense
Bucks County DUI Defense Attorney Keith J. Williams will guide you from the time of arrest through trial. He fully understands Pennsylvania DUI law and the court system. As your experienced DUI Defense lawyer in Doylestown, Keith J. Williams will aggressively fight for your rights, work to protect your driver’s license, keep you out of jail and reduce or eliminate other penalties. He will explain the many diverse programs that may be available to you such as ARD program attorney, flat sentences, house arrest and work release. Furthermore, he will be happy to answer any question you may have.
Based on your unique needs and the facts of your case, there are a number of defense strategies that can be effective and/or minimize penalties you may be facing. As your DUI Defense lawyer, Keith J. Williams will carefully review the evidence and police reports as well as police conduct and testing methods that led to your arrest.
- Did the police officer have reasonable suspicion to pull you over?
- Was the testing device calibrated and working properly?
- Did the officer properly administer your breath test?
- Do you have a medical issue that could interfere with testing?
- Did the officer properly administer your field sobriety tests?
- Did the police officer have probable cause to arrest you?
- Was your blood drawn properly?
- Was blood evidence mishandled?
- Did your arresting officer violate your constitutional rights?