Being charged with a DUI in Scranton or anywhere in Pennsylvania can have serious repercussions on your life and livelihood. Law enforcement officials strictly enforce DUI statutes with vigor. Penalties can not only range from fines of several hundred dollars for a first offense but can also result in jail time and a mark on your permanent record, significantly impacting your ability to get a better job or find a place to live.
That’s why it is imperative to mount a strong and strategic defense against any DUI charge. An experienced DUI defense attorney will work to protect your interests and preserve your freedom.
Possible DUI Defense Strategies
The good news is that there are several possible ways to defend against a DUI case. However, the possible defense strategies will depend on the specifics of your case.
To start, the police need probable cause to stop your vehicle, except in the cases of DUI checkpoints and roadblocks. Additionally, they must have probable cause to believe that you are intoxicated. Breathalyzer tests and field sobriety tests must be performed according to strict standards or they may not be used as evidence against you.
Officers must also give Miranda warnings before questioning someone who is in custody. Failure to do so can result in any answers not being used in a legal proceeding against you.
You may also be able to explain your behavior as due to any physical impairments, such as a disability, that could impact your driving. Allergies may be an excuse for bloodshot eyes.
Contact Peters Law Firm if you Need Assistance Defending Against a DUI Charge
Peters Law Firm provides results-driven, affordable, and compassionate legal representation for clients in Scranton, Clarks Summit, and surrounding Northeastern Pennsylvania communities.
If you need a criminal lawyer or assistance with a criminal matter, contact us for a free initial consultation at our main office in Clark’s Summit at (570) 585-0707, our Scranton area office at (570) 963-1610, or our Tunkhannock and Wyoming County office at (570) 836-0700 today.