If you have been arrested for a DUI, you need a skilled attorney to take on your case. Robert Katzenstein is a DUI lawyer in Holland, PA, who has been practicing for 47 years and knows what steps to take to protect your driver’s license and maintain other freedoms.
At the Katzenstein Law Offices, we understand how being arrested can impact your family, your job, and your life and work closely with you to develop a strategy that makes sense for your circumstances.
What Happens If You Get a DUI?
In Pennsylvania, the specific consequences of receiving a DUI will depend on how much alcohol you have had and whether it is a repeat offense. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is between 0.08 and 0.099 percent, you may be charged as:
- First-time offender: A first time DUI offender may be charged with an ungraded misdemeanor, spend up to six months on probation, pay a fine of approximately $300, attend highway safety school, or be required to seek court-ordered treatment for alcoholism.
- Second-time offender: If you have one prior DUI, your case will still be classified as an ungraded misdemeanor. However, you may face more serious consequences, such as 12-month suspension of your license, court-ordered highway safety classes, a $300 to $2,500 fine, 5 days to six months in jail, or installation of an interlock device on your vehicle.
- Third and subsequent offenders: These cases are classified as second-degree misdemeanors. You may be penalized with a 12-month suspension of your driver's license, 10 days to 2 years behind bars, a $500 to $5,000 fine, court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, or the installation of an interlock device on your car for a year.
These penalties increase as your BAC rises. Having a DUI conviction can adversely affect your right to drive, can cause your insurance rates to climb, and may even separate you from your family.
How A DUI Lawyer Can Help
It may seem like a conviction for a DUI is inevitable. After all, your BAC is evidence that you have been drinking. However, a conviction is not necessarily a given. A qualified DUI attorney can:
- Challenge the BAC finding. Sometimes a test can give off a false positive, particularly if the equipment has not been maintained or if the test administrator is not trained or qualified to give the test. In some instances, where errors are found, the test result can be invalidated.
- Question whether the initial traffic stop should have been made. If not, they may be able to argue that the resulting arrest was unlawful.
- Fight for your license. While not every case carries automatic license suspension, you have to act fast to maintain your driving privileges.
Mr. Katzenstein can explore every aspect of your case to make sure the charges against you are aggressively defended. He has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients and has a proven track record for success.
Get a Strong Defense
If you have been charged with DUI, let us help. We handle all types of DUI cases. Contact the Katzenstein Law Offices today by calling (215) 322-3400 to set up a consultation and discuss your case with a qualified professional.