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Penalties Reduced For A Man Despite Prior DUI Convictions

Dec 30 2016, by Mike Worgul in Case Results, DUI

Not long ago, an inebriated 72-year-old man was involved in a serious car accident and consequently arrested for his fourth lifetime DUI offense after officers determined that he was too impaired to operate a vehicle. Since this individual had multiple prior DUI convictions on his criminal record, the man’s possible penalties were significantly increased and he now faced up to a year in prison, an 18-month license suspension, and the required installation of an ignition interlock device when he did become eligible for restricted driving privileges. The man ‘s criminal record also precluded him from serving any portion of his sentence under house arrest and he knew that if he was to stay out of jail, he’d need very keen legal representation. Therefore, the man retained the Pittsburgh legal professionals at Worgul Law Firm based on their extensive experience in criminal and DUI charges.

Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney Matthew Ness took the man’s case and began reviewing all the available evidence the police collected. Attorney Ness used his expansive knowledge of the DUI law and procedure and pointed out to the prosecution that per a new court decision related to the implied consent law, the blood collected in this case could not be used because it was collected without a warrant. In the end, the prosecution relented and all the parties involved agreed to a drastically reduced set of consequences that only required a 10-day jail sentence and a 12-month loss of his license. This outstanding result saved the client from a significant incarceration, which may not have been possible with less knowledgeable representation.

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