A lot more needs to be known. For one thing there are mandatory sentences for DUI's depending on if a person has any priors, criminal history or if anyone was injured in an accident. If it is your first offense, even with an accident you may still be eligible for the ARD program. Successful completion of this program and there would be no jail time, no conviction and 3 month license suspension rather than a 1 year suspension.
You should contact an attorney and talk with them about...
The first thing I would do is hire a qualified DUI attorney in the County where it happened. Unfortunately when the paperwork is orginally filed it almost always shows a 1st offense which will be amended at the preliminary hearing or when the case moves up to the county. It is very important that you talk with an attorney who can go through all your options for a 2nd offense within ten years as well as any possible defense.
Which county did this happen in?
This is certainly a case you will want to sit down and go over with whatever attorney you chose to represent you. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using a public defender. Some are very good attorneys. Sit down with them prior to any hearing you have and go over any defenses that you may have. I hope this helps!!!
First, I would contact and hire an attorney immediately. This being your 2nd DUI within 10 years you will not be eligible for the ARD first time offender program. You will want to sit down with an attorney and go over all of your options including any possible defenses. I hope this helps.
Zachary B . Cooper, Esq.
Levow & Associates, PC
1 Belmont Ave, Ste 701
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
It sounds from what you wrote that the officer did not give you the speeding ticket but rather the obedience to traffic device which is a non moving violation and carries no points. The first thing I would do is make sure that you talk with an attorney about all of your options.
This would be considered a first offense for penalty purposes. Each county runs the ARD program differently so I recommend that you talk with an attorney ASAP so you understand what your options are. I am very familiar with Lehigh County so if you want to contact me I would be more than happy to discuss the specifics with you. I would rather not do so on a public site like this. Thank you.
Zachary Cooper, Esq
Levow & Associates, PC
First thing you will want to do is make sure you hire an experienced DUI attorney. There is probably a bench warrant issued depending on the Court and you will want to get that lifted immediately.
If this is your first offense DUI you will more than likely be eligible for ARD. ARD which stands for Accelerated Rehabilitated Disposition is a first time offenders program. If and when you successfully complete this program you will (1) earn a dismissal of the charges (2) avoid a criminal...
ARD is for first time offenders and if you successfully complet the program with your facts would have a 2 month suspension, no jail time and would have no record after everything is done. If you chose not go go onto ARD you would be facing 72 hours- 6 months in jail, a $1000-$5000 fine, a 12 month license suspension and a permanent record.
I strongly recommend that you talk with an attorney about all your options and possible defenses. Every county in Pennsylvania handles ARD...