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  • Will I be charged as 1st offence again or 2nd offence when we go to court?

    I was arrested for my 2nd DUI and blew 2x the limit. I cooperated completely. My 1st DUI was 8-9 yrs. ago. While being detained she mentioned not finding it in the system and my summons today reads 1st Off. Will it come up?

    Zachary’s Answer

    From the information you provided it looks like this will be treated as a 2nd offense DUI within ten years. If you went thought the ARD for your first it would not come up when run by the police but the DA's office will consider a second. I would hire a qualified DUI attorney and go over your options and any possible defenses ASAP.

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  • Dui Case pending. Preliminary trial coming up. Looking for a lawyer. I was charged with dui highest BAC. Marijuana in system so

    I was also charged with dui controlled substance. The officer also charged with with dui combined alcohol/and drugs. I have no convictions on my record but due to some juvenile history I don't think ard will take me. what is the max penalty for al...

    Zachary’s Answer

    Hire a qualified DUI attorney immediately and DO NOT discuss the facts of your case on this site. An attorney will be able to sit down with you and go over all your options and possible defenses. Each County has its own rules for ARD so that is something else that an attorney will be able to go over with you.

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  • Will I go to jail for dui? since I haven't been convicted of the 1st yet will this count as a second dui/

    I have been recently pulled over for a dui. this would be my second dui. for my first dui I have only gone to the preliminary hearing and out on bail for it. I just got this second dui.my bac for the second say .10-.16. if I will go to jail how l...

    Zachary’s Answer

    I would make sure to contact a qualified attorney ASAP. Both of these cases should be considered two first offense DUI's from what you described. You certainly could be looking at jail time, a license suspension, as well as fines and possible community service. There are some programs depending on the County where you may be able to avoid jail time and this is something I would strongly recommend that you talk with an attorney about.

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  • Driver's License in Pennsylvania

    I was wondering if Pennsylvania allows nonresidents driver's licenses? A friend of mine would like to obtain DL after applying for a tax ID. Please let me know the law pertaining to DL in the state for nonresidents. We heard that some states allow...

    Zachary’s Answer

    Yes you must be able to prove residency in order to obtain a pa drivers licesne. See link below from PENNDOT.

    http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/fact_sheets/pub195us.pdf

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  • I am licensed in PA,received 2 DUI's in DE in 1997&2002. Recently received another one in PA in 2013. What am I in for?

    Need to know what I am looking at either time wise or suspension?

    Zachary’s Answer

    I would contact a qualified DUI attorney in the county where this occurred. Mr. Barber is correct in that a lot more information is needed to determine if this will be considered a 2nd or a 3rd offense for you. Also, every county handles DUI's differently so it is important to know that information as well to give you a complete answer to your question.

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  • Underage Drinking

    My son, 17 years old got a non-traffic citation summons. The ticket was issued in PA we live in NY. The ticket says: "Def did consume an alcoholic beverage while being under the age of 21 years old, Def was 17 years old with a date of birth 11/1...

    Zachary’s Answer

    DO NOT just plead guilty. Hire a qualified attorney who handles these types of cases. An attorney will be able to put your son in a much better position than if he just walked in and pled guilty. There are many consequences including loss of license and this will remain on his record for 5 years or until he turns 21 years old. He may also have some defenses to the charge that an attorney will review and go over with him.

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  • What is the best route to go when getting an underage in college so that my future is not ruined?

    Had too much to drink last night and came back to my dorm and was vomiting for nearly 3 hours. My roommate feared that I had alcohol poisoning and called for help. Unfortunately just as the university police walked in I had just stopped feeling th...

    Zachary’s Answer

    First thing you should do is talk with and hire a qualified attorney in this area to handle for you. There are actually some very good defenses to underage drinking and the breath result they have on you may not even be admissible in Court. Talk with an attorney don't and DON'T just walk in and plead guilty on your own.

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  • Can you be charged for DUI hours after an incident.

    My husband was turning onto a slick roadway, and slid into a snow bank. He was not able to get the car out of the snow. There was minimal damage to the vehicle where it hit the snow bank, but no other damage to property or person. The car was wel...

    Zachary’s Answer

    The short answer is YES you can still be charged hours after. The facts as you decribe them are even more reason to make sure you husband as a qualified DUI attorney on his side. He may have several defenses that he can use in his case against him. The Commonwealyh has the burden of proving your husband guilty beyond a reasonable doubt which is a very high burden. Also, a qualified attorney will go over other options that may be available to your husband to avoid a permanent criminal record, jail time and a lengthy license suspension.

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  • What steps do I take after being arrested for DUI?

    Hi everyone, I was arrested last night for driving under the influence and got into an accident in which I caused damage to a parked car. I have been panicking after doing some research online, as I see that someone that blows a high BAC or is in...

    Zachary’s Answer

    First, make sure to hire a qualified DUI attorney in your area. An attorney will be able to go over any possible defenses as well as talking with you about the ARD program. From what you decribe it certainly appears you would be a good candidate for the program but you still need to be accepted by the district attorney's office and make application. For all these reasons, I would get in touch with a qualified DUI attorney sooner than later. Thank you and I hope things work out for you.

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  • I received a non-traffic citation for public drunkenness. Will I go to jail for this?

    I am 21, and an officer saw me throw up after I had a few drinks. I was visibly upset because I never do anything wrong and it would be my luck that this would happen. How do I handle this? Is this a serious offense? Will this be a red flag to...

    Zachary’s Answer

    I would hire a qualified attorney who handles these cases to make sure you get the best result and go over any possible defenses. If you can avoid this on your record that would obviously be the best outcome and will avoid any problems in the future. It is considered a summary offense and will that is not as serious as a misdemeanor or felony it can still be a "red flag" as you put it to employers.

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