Details that Impact DUI Sentencing
Not every DUI is treated the same. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor DUI or a felony DUI, every detail will be considered, even the traffic around you at the time of the violation. In some cases, you may even be eligible for the ARD program, but this opportunity relies on the details of the charge as well. In any case, it’s always a good idea to consult with an experienced Bucks County DUI lawyer before you make your plea so that you can prepare for the potential results of your charge and ensure that you consider any actions that might reduce the charge.
Details in a DUI Charge
If you have been charged with a DUI, one of the primary concerns the state has, is that you may have put yourself or others at risk. From the people in vehicles around you to the ages and injuries of the passengers in your own vehicle, these dangers are all assessed. This combination of results can have a tremendous impact on the management of your case and its outcome. For example, driving drunk with someone who is under 14 in the vehicle may prevent you from qualifying for the ARD program and may also result in additional charges. A Lower Merion DUI defense attorney can elaborate.
Criminal Record Affects Charges
The court bases some of their sentencing procedures on your history. If this isn’t your first charge of its kind, you could be looking at more severe penalties than first-time offenders. The problem with a DUI is that both your driving record as well as your criminal history record matter a great deal when it comes to sentencing and determining penalties.
If you are facing a felony or even a misdemeanor DUI charge, it’s a good idea to consult with a Bensalem DUI attorney today. You may be able to enter the ARD program or find some other way to reduce the impact this event has on your life. At Young, Marr, Mallis & Associates, our Dauphin County DUI defense lawyers are dedicated to making sure your case receives the best outcome possible.
Speeding and Accidents
Yes, there are certain things that make a DUI better or worse. Obviously, an accident where there is another vehicle involved, especially if somebody gets hurt, makes it much worse. If somebody is seriously injured, you could be looking at a felony charge of aggravated assault by motor vehicle. That carries with it at least six months in jail if you are convicted, or more. There is homicide by vehicle, where somebody dies as a result of your actions. Obviously, the cases that you hope to see are just, “Oh, I was pulled over for weaving;” or speeding or a traffic violation. There are cases you hate to see. I have represented a couple of young people where their best friend in the passenger seat was killed as a result of their actions. It is heartbreaking sometimes.