Frequently Asked Questions about DUI Charges
Why do I need a lawyer for my DUI case?
Asking a friend for legal advice or looking up information on the internet is not a substitute for having a lawyer with years of experience. You need an attorney who knows the law and can protect your rights. Don't leave anything up to chance, it's not worth it. If you're skeptical, feel free to visit us for a free DUI consultation.
I only had a few drinks when I got pulled over, and I didn't feel drunk. How can I be charged with drunk driving?
In Pennsylvania, you can be charged with a DUI if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above .08. You may be above this legal limit even if you do not feel drunk.
How many drinks does it take to reach the legal limit?
Determining the number of drinks it will take for any individual to reach the .08 BAC limit depends on a number of factors. There are charts and calculators that can be used as a reference, however these do not take into account all variables in the BAC equation. It is safe to say that each drink you consume brings you that much closer to becoming a legally impaired driver.
I wasn't drinking and I was still charged with a DUI, how?
You do not need to be drinking to be charged with a DUI. If you are under the influence of any drugs you can also be charged with a DUI.
Can I refuse the breathalyzer test?
Pennsylvania is what is known as an implied consent state. By having a PA drivers license you are allowing yourself to be tested if an officer suspects you of a DUI. While you can refuse a breathalyzer, you will then need to get a chemical test to determine your BAC. In addition, offenders who refuse breath or chemical testing may be subject to the highest BAC penalties.
What are the different levels of DUI?
There are three different levels of DUI depending on your BAC:
- 1. General Impairment (.08 to .099% BAC)
- 2. High BAC (.10 to .159% BAC)
- 3. Highest BAC (.16% and higher)
What are the penalties for a DUI?