Pittsburgh DUI Attorneys

Drinking and driving can change your entire life if you’re convicted. Learn about the details of your charge and the penalties if convicted.

Whether you are facing your first DUI offense or are a repeat DUI offender, the state of Pennsylvania punishes those convicted in a particularly harsh manner. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime, one that can affect your life and the lives of others in severely negative ways. If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI, then most likely you have several questions about the steps you should take and the process that follows. Fortunately, Worgul Law Firm’s experienced Pittsburgh DUI attorneys can answer your questions with confidence and point out the best options for you.

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HOW SKILLED PITTSBURGH DUI ATTORNEYS CAN HELP

If you are charged with DUI, one of the best options immediately available to you is contacting an experienced Pittsburgh DUI attorney. At once, an attorney can evaluate your situation and determine what type of punishments you are facing and craft an appropriate defense on your behalf.

An experienced attorney can guide you through the legal system of a DUI offense. Your DUI case will commonly follow these stages:

  • Preliminary Hearing
  • Formal Arraignment and ARD Program
  • Pre-Trial Conference
  • Trial
  • Appeal

Your DUI attorney can give you an honest and valuable opinion about your case and offer you a much-needed support system during this stressful time. Don’t fight your DUI alone.

Attorney Mike WorgulMike Worgul

Successfully handling every aspect of the criminal spectrum – ranging from disorderly conduct to murder and manslaughter. I treat every case as though it will go to trial.

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Attorney Samir SarnaSamir Sarna

An experienced litigator who has successfully taken over 20 jury and bench trials to verdict, and argued criminal appeals before the Superior Court.

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Attorney Samir SarnaMatthew Ness

A passionate advocate for his clients’ rights with extensive trial experience, focusing on providing the client with the attention and compassion they deserve.

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SEVERE PENALTIES FOR A PENNSYLVANIA DUI

The costs associated with a DUI conviction can be troubling. However, the best legal representation possible can help. If you are caught driving under the influence with any amount of alcohol over the legal Pennsylvania limit of .08, you will be facing the consequences of a DUI conviction. An attorney can help you fight these penalties and possibly avoid severe, long-term consequences. You may face serious effects of a DUI conviction including:

Significant jail time – Whether you have had any prior offenses and depending on the DUI tier you fall into, you may see a jail sentence of a few days to several years.
Costly fines and legal fees – You may be looking at fines and fees in the hundreds to thousands of dollars.
License suspensions – As a result of a DUI conviction, you may be looking at anywhere from a few months to year-long license suspensions.
A permanent criminal record – A permanent record can affect all aspects of your life, including making it difficult to find a job.
Probationary Terms– If you do not have any prior offenses, you may be put on probation for a number of months.

However, as a repeat DUI offender, the level of severity for these penalties will increase. A Pittsburgh DUI attorney can present accurate information to you depending on your specific DUI case.

DUI Penalties Chart

Choose the offense and BAC to view specific penalties.

How Many offenses have you had?

What Was your blood alcohol content?

Jail TimeUp to 6 months probation Fine$300 License SuspensionNone
Ignition InterlockNone Court-Oriented TreatmentYes Alcohol Safety SchoolYes
Jail Time2 Days to 6 Months Fine$500 – $5,000 License Suspension1 year
Ignition InterlockNone Court-Oriented TreatmentYes Alcohol Safety SchoolYes
Jail Time3 days to 6 months Fine$1,000 – $5,000 License Suspension1 year
Ignition InterlockNone Court-Oriented TreatmentYes Alcohol Safety SchoolYes
Jail Time5 days to 6 months Fine$300 – $2,500 License Suspension1 year
Ignition Interlock1 year Court-Oriented TreatmentYes Alcohol Safety SchoolYes
Jail Time30 days to 6 months Fine$750 – $5,000 License Suspension1 year
Ignition Interlock1 year Court-Oriented TreatmentYes Alcohol Safety SchoolYes
Jail Time90 days to 5 years Fine$1,500 – $10,000 License Suspension18 months
Ignition Interlock1 year Court-Oriented TreatmentYes Alcohol Safety SchoolYes
Jail Time10 days to 2 years Fine$500 – $5,000 License Suspension1 year
Ignition Interlock1 year Court-Oriented TreatmentYes Alcohol Safety SchoolYes
Jail Time90 days to 5 years Fine$1,500 – $10,000 License Suspension18 months
Ignition Interlock1 year Court-Oriented TreatmentYes Alcohol Safety SchoolYes
Jail Time1 year to 5 years Fine$2,500 – $10,000 License Suspension18 months
Ignition Interlock1 year Court-Oriented TreatmentYes Alcohol Safety SchoolYes

YOUR DUI DEFENSE

Your attorney will immediately sit down with you and ask you to walk through the entire preceding sequence of events leading to your stop and thereafter. Tell your DUI attorney everything. A good DUI attorney will be successful in recognizing the legality of the stop and breathalyzer testing procedures. Your DUI attorney can point out significant weaknesses in your alleged DUI case such as fatigue, health factors, stress, anxiety, or disorientation, and certain legal issues in the way a police officer handled your case. Oftentimes signals of intoxication such as glassy and bloodshot eyes, erratic driving, and slurred or slow speech can be easily explained by innocent factors. An experienced attorney can determine whether your stop was legal and fight for your justice.

A strong DUI defense may consist of these elements:

  • Probable Cause
    Did the responding police officer have sufficient evidence and cause to pull you over for DUI? If you were not driving erratically or swerving, it may be possible that it was unacceptable for a police officer to stop you. Pennsylvania police are required by law to provide concrete evidence before stopping a vehicle for DUI. If not, the evidence may be inadmissible in a Pennsylvania court of law.
  • Breathalyzer Testing
    If a breathalyzer test was administered to check your blood alcohol content, the accuracy and reliability of the readings may into question. Whether or not a breathalyzer is calibrated properly can affect your results. Faulty equipment and improper testing administration procedures can be used in defense against your DUI.
  • Standardized Testing
    You may be asked to perform a set of standardized field sobriety tests in order for the officer to gauge your level of intoxication. However, if the officer made any errors during testing or while explaining the procedures, this evidence may be suppressed.

Furthermore, if the Commonwealth has evidence that your blood alcohol content (BAC) was above the legal limit at the police station or medical facility, it does not necessarily mean you were above the limit while behind the wheel—your BAC may increase for hours after your last drink.

HOW A DUI CAN IMPACT YOUR LIFE

A DUI can create several problems for the entirety of your life, making seemingly simple tasks impossible. If convicted, you may be seen in the eyes of others negatively. Consequences of a DUI conviction that may impact your life include:

  • Higher auto insurance premiums
    You may be seen as a riskier driver in the eyes of your auto insurance company and be forced to pay higher insurance rates as a result.
  • Loss of career and new opportunities
    In the most serious DUI cases, you may lose your current job. As potential employers continue to conduct background checks, it may be difficult to find a new job with a DUI on your record.
  • Loss of professional licensure
    Professionals in medical, public service, and other fields requiring licenses to practice may lose their jobs or see a suspension of their license. Commercial driver licensed (CDL) professionals may also lose their job or see a license suspension.
  • Student and University Repercussions
    As a student or underage offender, you may face severe penalties with your university. Finding a job after graduation may be difficult after a DUI conviction.

  • Criminal record
    A DUI conviction will follow you and will remain on your criminal record.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON YOUR PITTSBURGH DUI

A DUI charge is severely punished in Pennsylvania, but an experienced attorney can lead you through the entire legal process. During every stage of your DUI, an attorney will help you understand what lies ahead and can recommend the best course of action.

Facing an uncertain future after your Pennsylvania DUI? Learn how the Pittsburgh DUI lawyers at Worgul Law Firm LLC may be able to help. for a free and confidential consultation with a skilled attorney today. We are available 24/7 and are here to serve you with a strong DUI defense. We have the experience necessary to fight your DUI charge and will fight for the best possible outcome on your behalf.