What To Expect From The DUI Process

When you are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) you can experience a lot of emotions. You can be embarrassed that you did something so dangerous. You can be frustrated by your situation. Most of all, you may be frightened because you are not sure of what happens next.

The Ryan R. Smith Law Offices has plenty of experience in confronting DUIs, and we want to help guide you through this time. As a part of our commitment to you, we wrote this guide to give you an idea of what the DUI process is like.

The Arrest

When you are pulled over for a DUI, the first thing that happens is you are subjected to a sobriety test. Strictly possessing a driver's license means your consent to being tested when asked by police is already implied. Refusing to be tested automatically means you are going to be facing the highest tier of penalties under Pennsylvania law.

The Sentencing

Pennsylvania law has three tiers of sentence for DUIs. The first tier is for people with blood alcohol content (BAC) levels between .08 and .099 percent, the second tier is for people with BAC levels between .01 and .0159, and the third tier is for BACs above .016, people under the influence of controlled substances and people who refuse to be tested. Sentences include jail time, fines up to $10,000, forced treatment and training and possible ignition interlocking applied to your vehicle.

Pleas And Court

We will work with you to build a defense. A DUI is a defensible case, but it takes experience and sensitivity to make a successful argument. No matter what, how we choose to confront your charge will depend on your feelings and your needs.

Personal Attention From Your Attorney

The most important thing you can know when you are charged is that the DUI court process is knowable. Our attention to your needs will make a difference for you. Contact us at our Pittsburgh office by calling at 412-567-9061, or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer experienced in DUI defenses.