DUIs are one of the most serious criminal charges in Philadelphia. In 2011, nearly 50,000 DUI arrests were made in the state of Pennsylvania — and over 400 fatalities related to drunk driving were reported. Bucks County in particular has one of the highest DUI rates per capita in the country.
But while DUI may be a common charge, that doesn’t mean it’s a trivial charge. The legal system of Pennsylvania imposes harsh punishments for individuals who are convicted of DUI (“Driving Under the Influence”), including mandatory jail time, large fines, and license suspensions. Depending on the driver’s BAC, and whether the DUI offense is their first, second, or third, those penalties can increase dramatically.
If you or a loved one has been charged with the crime of DUI, it is critical to your success that you immediately retain a team of experienced and aggressive Philadelphia DUI defense attorneys. At Young, Marr & Associates, we offer our clients multiple advantages over other law firms that defend against DUI charges in Pennsylvania.
In Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania, a BAC of 0.08% or greater will result in DUI charges. Depending on the exact BAC level, and the driver’s record of previous offenses, those charges can lead to a variety of penalties with both short- and long-term effects.
It should be noted that while the BAC limit for adults of legal drinking age (21 or older) is 0.08%, the BAC limit is substantially lower for individuals drinking underage.
The consequences of a DUI conviction can continue to cause damage long after the fines have been paid and the jail time has been served. In some cases, the long-lasting loss of transport can ultimately lead to the loss of a job. Additionally, a record of DUI convictions can bar drivers from finding employment in industries and positions involving transportation and vehicles.
A DUI charge is a serious matter. If you or a loved one is facing allegations of DUI in Philadelphia, don’t delay: call the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates at (609) 257-4019 in New Jersey or (215) 372-8667 in Pennsylvania immediately, or contact us online to arrange for a free and confidential consultation with a DUI defense attorney.