DUI Attorneys in Philadelphia

DUI (driving under the influence) Driving under the influence (DUI) refers to operating a motor vehicle while affected by alcohol, drugs, or both.

This applies to both legal and illegal drugs, including prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs.

How is DUI determined?

If DUI is suspected, the amount of alcohol in the driver’s blood is measured by a breath or blood test. The driver will be cited for DUI if the results are: .08 or higher for adults. .02 or higher for minors (under 21).

What can I expect if I’m stopped for DUI?

If you’re stopped for suspected DUI, the law enforcement officer may: Ask if you’ve consumed any alcohol or drug-related substances. Ask you to take a field sobriety test. Ask you to submit to a breath test.If your blood alcohol content is .08 or higher, you may be cited and taken to jail. You also may request to have a blood test.

Your safest course of action is to contact a lawyer that specializes in DUI cases. Do not attempt to handle this serious situation by yourself.

Contact our featured DUI Attorney or any of the lawyers listed here.

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Man Saves Son from DUI Driver

Tragedy and bravery in one sad moment.

Philly.com – When a man five months removed from a DUI conviction came driving down Roosevelt Boulevard on Wednesday night, allegedly drunk behind the wheel again, Michael Romano’s son was directly in his path. Romano made a split-second decision to save his son’s life – and gave up his own.

The car, driven by Roderick Williams, 22, of the 3000 block of North 23d Street, struck Romano as he pushed his 5-year-old son out of harm’s way in a southbound lane near Loney Street.

Paramedics pronounced Romano, 43, dead at the scene of the crash, which happened shortly before 11 p.m.

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How do we keep these people off of the road?

I would hope that this driver will be spending many years in jail. But is that the only way to protect the public from drunk drivers?

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Your BAC May be Wrong

You can ask any dui attorney in Philadelphia and they will tell you that your breathalyzer test or your blood test may be wrong.

And if it is you may be among the hundreds of others who have had their results thrown out.

The following comes from Bucks County DUI Law

When facing charges for DUI, prosecutors often rely heavily on evidence taken from breathalyzer test results as well as subsequent blood tests. Because these test results often prove so influential, a good criminal defense attorney will want to examine the evidence for errors.

If administered incorrectly, blood tests and breathalyzers can easily register a blood-alcohol content that is too high. This has been a widespread problem in parts of Pennsylvania and other states over the last few years. As a result, hundreds or even thousands of DUI cases needed to be reexamined.

While many DUI defendants will want to independently examine the evidence that will be used against them, this is not always possible. In a recent case from Minnesota, a man suspected of drunk driving had consented to a blood test which showed he had a BAC of 0.11 percent. As in Pennsylvania, the legal BAC threshold is 0.08 percent.

The man’s attorney requested the blood sample within three months of his client’s arrest, presumably because he wished to have the blood independently tested. However, they were told that the sample had been destroyed. Read more …

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DUI Treatment Reduces Jail Time

There is an alternative to the mandatory jail time imposed for DUI arrests in Philadelphia.

It is a relatively new approach called DUI Treatment Court.

The article below by attorney Leckerman gives you some basics of the program.

For those people who do not want to take the risk of fighting a DUI and facing the time in jail of 90 days or 1 year, the Philadelphia Municipal Court system offers an alternative. Philadelphia is one of the few counties in Pennsylvania that has established a DUI treatment court. The treatment court provides an alternative to spending the entire minimum amount of time in jail.

For drivers facing the 90 days of jail, the DUI treatment court requires that only 10 days of jail-time be served, while the remaining 80 days can be completed on house arrest. Drivers facing a 1 year minimum, must be serve six months in jail, while the remaining six months can be completed on house arrest. Read More …

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