Legal Procedures and Mistakes in DUI Arrest

Facing a DUI Arrest? Reach Out to The Travis Law Firm

When facing a DUI arrest in Pennsylvania, understanding the legal system can be difficult. As a dedicated Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer, I am committed to providing robust and knowledgeable representation to navigate the complexities of a DUI defense case. My extensive experience in defending DUI cases ensures that your rights are protected at every stage of the legal process. 

Legal Procedures When Facing a DUI Arrest

If you are stopped for a DUI check in Pennsylvania, it is critical to understand your rights and the proper procedures that should be followed by law enforcement officers. First, remain calm and courteous throughout the interaction. You are required to provide your license, registration, and proof of insurance upon request. However, you are not obligated to answer any potentially incriminating questions, such as whether you have been drinking. Politely decline to answer and ask to speak with an attorney.

Officers may administer field sobriety tests to gauge your level of impairment. These tests, while not obligatory, can provide grounds for arrest if failed. You may be asked to take a preliminary breath test (PBT) at the scene. Although PBT results are not admissible in court, they can justify further testing if you are arrested. 

Once in custody, you will likely be asked to undergo a chemical test (breath, blood, or urine) to determine your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). Under Pennsylvania’s Implied Consent Law, refusing this test can lead to severe administrative penalties, including immediate license suspension.

Potential Defenses for a DUI Arrest

When facing DUI charges, it’s essential to explore all potential defenses after a DUI arrest to ensure a fair trial and the best possible outcome. One common defense is challenging the legality of the traffic stop. If law enforcement did not have a valid reason to pull you over, any evidence gathered during the stop might be inadmissible in court. Another defense strategy involves questioning the accuracy and proper administration of sobriety tests, including field sobriety tests and breathalyzer results. Factors such as the calibration of the breathalyzer, the officer’s training, and the test conditions can all affect the reliability of these tests.

Medical conditions and medications can also serve as a defense if they potentially influence the test results, leading to a misleading indication of intoxication. It’s also possible to argue that the symptoms of fatigue, stress, or illness mimicked those of intoxication, causing wrongful suspicion. Furthermore, one could assert that the presence of external factors, such as traffic, weather conditions, or poor road conditions, impacted driving behavior rather than intoxication.

Lastly, procedural errors made by law enforcement during the arrest process can be significant. If proper protocols were not followed, such as failing to read Miranda rights, this breach can be leveraged as a defense against DUI charges. Each DUI case is unique, and the viability of these defenses depends on the specific circumstances surrounding the charge, making it crucial to consult with an experienced DUI attorney to navigate these complexities effectively.

Potential Consequences of DUI Convictions

In addition to legal penalties, a DUI conviction can result in the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, making everyday activities and responsibilities, like commuting to work or taking children to school, much more challenging. Insurance premiums are likely to increase significantly, as drivers with DUI convictions are considered high-risk. Some insurance companies may even cancel your policy altogether.

Facing a DUI Arrest? Reach Out to The Travis Law Firm

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI in Pennsylvania, it’s crucial to contact The Travis Law Firm immediately at (814) 277-2222. Our mission is to secure the best possible outcome for your case. Our experienced attorneys will meticulously examine every aspect to safeguard your rights. You can also reach us online.