Bucks County DUI Lawyer
Drinking and driving can have dire consequences. Aside from the obvious potential for physical harm, both to person and property, there is the very real likelihood that you will be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). In Pennsylvania, DUI constitutes a Criminal Offense. And in Bucks County, DUI arrests are on the rise. The results of a DUI conviction are life altering. Serious penalties, including fines, state surcharges, increased insurance rates, License Suspension, and even jail time are all very real possibilities in a DUI case.
DUI Lawyer Bucks County
If you have been charged with a DUI, you need aggressive representation. This isn’t a mere traffic ticket. The consequences aren’t merely a fine and a few points on your license. Take this seriously. Retain serious representation. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. are here for you. Let us fight for your rights, and protect your financial and physical freedom.
Why Was I Arrested for DUI?
If you were arrested for DUI, there are certain protocol and steps that must be implemented prior to the actual arrest. The bad news is that officers throughout the country receive similar training. Therefore, the process is very specific, and universally known and followed. The good news is that any significant deviation from this process has the potential to effect the validity of the arrest and may be used in your defense to plea, or even to have the charges dismissed altogether!
So, before meeting with an attorney, take a few moments to recall the events of the stop and arrest. Take notes. Your memory will begin to fade as more time passes and anything you write down to stimulate your memory later may be helpful. Be clear and accurate with your attorney so that they can begin to formulate a defense.
Field Sobriety Tests are the first array of actual tests performed by the officer. These tests are used to make a visual observation, using contextual visual and verbal cues to determine if the driver may be intoxicated. However, these must be performed correctly, and even then the results are highly questionable. FST's have been demonstrated in multiple scientific studies to be anything but scientifically accurate in most cases, due to a combination of factors including officer error, bad weather, inappropriate terrain, and others. Therefore, these tests must be questioned by your attorney. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. will challenge these results whenever possible.
After the FST's, the officer will administer a preliminary breath test. The devices used for these tests are highly inaccurate and the results cannot even be used as a basis for conviction. Because field sobriety tests and preliminary breath testing are not entirely accurate, upon arrest, the officer will take the driver for in-station breath testing. These machines are far more reliable, though as they are more complicated technology there is a higher possibility for human error. The records and results of these machines must be analyzed carefully by your attorney.
The simple fact of the matter is that DUI arrests are both serious and complicated. The potential penalties are significant and when faced with such possibility, you should do everything in your power to protect yourself. Also, DUI’s can be quite complicated when dealing with out-of-state drivers, as laws differ between states. For instance, if you are a New Jersey resident who was arrested for a DUI in Bucks County, you will not be eligible for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) which allows for first time Pennsylvania resident DUI offenders within the state to resolve the matter without a DUI conviction. There are many potential variables and outcomes between states. If arrested in Bucks County you need a Pennsylvania attorney to defend you and determine how a conviction or plea would impact your license status.
An attorney and their staff can perform discovery, retain experts, and can evaluate police reports, videos of driving or the FST's, and other documents in preparing a DUI defense. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. are ready to do all this and more to defend you and your rights! Call today to schedule a free consultation at our new, conveniently located Bucks County office.This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.