If you get stopped by the police with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above 0.08 percent in Pennsylvania, you will get arrested, and you will lose your license unless you act quickly to protect it. This is an “administrative” license suspension, which means that it is not part of your court case. If your drunk driving case goes to court, not only could the length of your license suspension be extended, but you could also face numerous other penalties that could impact all aspects of your daily life.
In Pennsylvania, being charged with drunk driving is extremely serious. While a drunk driving charge is many people’s first introduction to the criminal justice system, it is not a simple or straightforward matter. Drunk driving charges carry the potential for jail time; and, if you are convicted, you could lose your job, you could face disciplinary action at school, and you could face even greater penalties if you get arrested again.
Pittsburgh, PA Criminal Defense Lawyer for Drunk Driving Charges
Randall McKinney is a Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer who has more than a decade of experience fighting for individuals charged with drunk driving. He has helped numerous clients avoid conviction, and he is intimately familiar with the various defense strategies that are available in drunk driving cases under Pennsylvania law. He also knows how important it is to act quickly after a drunk driving arrest. Unlike other lawyers who may make you wait for an initial consultation, Attorney McKinney will schedule your free initial consultation as soon as possible; and, if necessary, he will take action immediately to protect your driving privileges, your freedom and your future.
Attorney McKinney handles all drunk driving cases in the greater Pittsburgh area, including those involving:
- First-time drunk driving arrest
- Repeat drunk driving offenders
- Drunk driving with BAC above 0.16 percent
- Underage drunk driving
- Drunk driving on a suspended or revoked license
- Drunk driving involving an accident
- Drunk driving involving a commercial vehicle
Consequences of a Drunk Driving Conviction in Pennsylvania
The penalties for drunk driving in Pennsylvania depend on a variety of factors, including your BAC, whether this is your first drunk driving arrest and whether you caused an accident while you were driving under the influence. However, in general terms, Pennsylvania’s drunk driving penalties include:
- Driver’s license suspension
- Jail time
- Court costs and fines
- Driver education or substance abuse treatment (at your cost)
- Installation of an ignition interlock device (at your cost)
A drunk driving conviction will also result in insurance surcharges and a misdemeanor or felony conviction on your permanent record.
In Pennsylvania, a drunk driving conviction is not eligible for expungement. The only way to have your record cleared is to convince the judge to allow you to enter the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program, and this option is not available for all drunk driving-related offenses. If you have been arrested, you need experienced legal representation, and we encourage you to contact us immediately for a free consultation.
Speak with a Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorney for Free
To schedule your free initial consultation at McKinney Law, please call (412) 520-3301 or tell us how to reach you online. We will arrange for you to speak with Attorney McKinney about your drunk driving case as soon as possible.