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Zachary Cooper

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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...

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    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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  • I am currently 2 weeks into my ARD DUI and just offered a new job. How do I answer the below question on my application please?

    Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime other than a minor traffic violation? A conviction record will not necessarily be a bar to employment factors such as job relations; age and time of the offense, seriousness and nature ...

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    If you have been accepted into ARD you do not have a conviction on your record. You do need to complete the program (ARD) successfully in order to have your record expunged. I would contact your attorney who represented you or another qualifies DUI attorney if you have any questions about your specific situation while on ARD.

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  • My DUI is undergoing investigation I am 100% innocent but was asked to get a blood test at the hospital to clear charges.

    I had not been drinking or under the influence at all. I have a prescription for Vyvanse 50mg which I take everyday in the morning, which I took about 10:30 that day and the crash happened at about approximately 7:45. My main question and concern ...

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    I would strongly suggest that you hire a qualified DUI attorney. You can still be charged with a DUI even if you only had prescription drugs in your system and it is something to discuss with your attorney. You certainly may have some defenses that you can use and a qualified DUI attorney will want to look at the blood results to see what shows up as well as the levels which may help you as well.

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  • Do i need a attorney for underage drinking i was never breathalyzed or had my blood taken and i was actually sober?

    my friend picked me up after the bar i had a half bottle of some rum we were going to a party but we got pulled over my friend got a D.U.I and i got a underage drinking and open container but i wasn't drinking as we were on our way to a friends th...

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    I would strongly suggest hiring an attorney for your situation. There are many consequences to this charge and an attorney should be able to avoid or mitigate them for you.

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  • Can I Drive After My Arrest for DUI While My Case is Pending ? (Philadelphia, PA)

    Last Friday i refused to give a blood test and charged with DUI , but the officer gave me my licences back.Now i don't know if I'm able to drive ,because he doesn't give me any papers . Thank you .

    Zachary’s Answer

    Yes you can. I would contact a qualified DUI attorney to talk with you about all your options so your rights are protected. Your driving privileges could be suspended for 1 year due to the refusal but you would first receive a letter in the mail from PENNDOT.

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  • I never paid my dui costs i owe 1800 dollars and will have the money before my court date if i pay it off will it help?

    i was placed on ard i was out of work for the entire year.i have just got a job and have been putting money aside for this.i have two weeks til my court date and i will have the full amount by the hearing date.if i pay it a few days before the cou...

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    It all depends on the County that you are talking about. I would absolutely talk with an attorney from that area ASAP so they can talk with the district attattorney about your case. It is not a guarantee yoyou will be kicked off the program.

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  • Are there any options other than jail time for a 2nd DUI?

    First DUI was in NJ, second is in PA. I went to my preliminary court date and they offered the ASP program. My BAC was .21 and after reading about the ASP program it says there is mandatory jail time. Is there any way it could substituted with ...

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    Unfortunately with the ASP program there is a jail component built in. They will not substitute jail with community service.

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