I am being charged with my 4th dui in Montgomery County Pennsylvania. As well as driving without an ignition interlock. I am not concerned with the fines that will follow as much as I am avoiding jail time. I do not know if this matters at all but I live out of state in Albany, NY. I have 4 kids to support so staying out of jail is a huge concern to me and my family. I have just recently returned to work after a few months of being absent, so I do not have money saved up to afford an attorney outright. I am this week going back to full time which I make about 700 a week. I did refuse the chemical test so I am sure that this is going to be charged in the 3rd tier as .16 or above. I have seen multiple options in my research such as drug court, alcohol court and the IPP program.
You need to be prepared for a jail sentence. There are many things that you can do right now which will help reduce the amount of time that you will actually spend in jail. It is extremely important that you take advnatage of your options now. The more you wait the less likely the Court will be to help you. Be weary of who ou speak with. Every attorney thinks they can handle a DUI as the sentences often follow the minimum mandatories hwoever these mandatories are the lowest a court can go; they can go higher. The trick is to keep them as low as possible and that is something that not every attorney is experienced in doing.
Don't just blindly accept the year in jail. Make sure you have a good attorney review your case for defenses. For instance, if the stop was bad then the whole case might be dismissed. The problem for you will be that the better lawyers generally require payment up front - they will not accept payments. Good luck.
I practice in Chester County which is one county southwest of Montgomery County. I accept regular payments after a significant up front payment, the size of which would depend on the size and frequency of the regular payments. I have practiced law for 32 years including 9 years as a prosecutor in Chester County, and the remainder in private practice. I have defended hundreds of persons charged with crimes.
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