(and subsequent offenses)
Once an individual reaches their third offense DUI – the severity of the punishment becomes much greater. For many, a state prison sentence, as opposed to a county prison sentence, may be a possibility. It is now crucial that the accused individual contact an aggressive and experienced West Chester criminal defense attorney, like Mike DiCindio, who is knowledge of the DUI laws and willing to fight to protect your rights, reputation and liberty.
As a third offense DUI offender, the stakes are high. If your blood alcohol content was great than .16%, you had a controlled substance(s) in your blood, or you refused chemical testing of your blood, your mandatory prison sentence is now one year, which in Pennsylvania will land you in state, as opposed to county, prison. A well planned and executed defense is of utmost importance, and there is no time to waste in beginning to prepare for it.
A third offense DUI offender will see more severe punishment, suspensions and fines. He or she will also see less compassion or understanding from the prosecution and the Court. Negotiations in third or subsequent DUI cases are not as straight-forward because a prosecutor will feel that the accused is not only a danger to themselves, but others in the public. Also, they will feel as though the accused has been given prior chances and not learned from them. It is important that a criminal defense attorney have a willingness and ability to pay attention to and learn about the client, understand his story and be able to show or explain to the prosecution and the Court why they are deserving of consideration, despite their prior DUI offenses.
Finally, a DUI lawyer must be ready to take a DUI case to trial before a Judge or Jury and put the Commonwealth attorney to task in making them prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a drunk driving or DUI related offense – Contact West Chester criminal lawyer Mike DiCindio and schedule your free consultation immediately. Contact Mike directly at 610.220.4691.
DUI Offenses In Detail
First Offense DUI – DUI Expungement – DUI Preliminary Hearing – DUI Sentencing – Second Offense DUI – DUI Arraignment – Third Offense DUI – DUI Arrests – Drug DUI Offenses – DUI Plea Bargain – DUI Trial
The above listed information does not include the entire crimes code, annotations, amendments or any recent changes that may be relevant. The information provided is for informational purposes only and may not reflect the most current legal developments. These materials are not intended, and should not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. Please contact DiCindio Law for a consultation and to discuss what law is relevant to your case.
Mike DiCindio is a West Chester criminal attorney who represents individuals accused of crimes throughout all of Chester County, including West Chester, Phoenixville, Malvern, Coatesville, Paoli, Downingtown, Tredyffrin, West Goshen, Honey Brook, Oxford, Devon, Pottstown, Chesterbrook, Parkesburg, Kennett Square, and Avondale as well as in Montgomery County, Lancaster County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, Bucks County and Berks County.