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DUI Arrests: Why You Need a Strong Lawyer in Lancaster, PA

When you’re faced with a criminal charge for driving under the influence, you may encounter lasting effects on your mental health, relationships, employment, and auto insurance premiums. If convicted of a DUI charge, you could also face fines, license suspension, and even jail time. That’s why you immediately call a capable lawyer to give you the legal representation you need after a DUI arrest.

Lancaster County residents can depend on Marinaro Law Firm for its legal expertise in DUI cases. Whether negotiating to get your charge reduced or getting your case dismissed altogether, you can count on diligent representation from our DUI lawyers. Our goal is to limit your exposure to these consequences and aggressively defend you at every stage of the legal process.

What Happens When You Are Arrested for DUI?

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DWI or DUI arrests are no matter to take lightly. You may face issues in the future with gaining employment, finding suitable housing, or attending institutes of higher education if you are found guilty of driving or operating a vehicle while intoxicated. That’s why you need to hire an attorney who has the knowledge and experience to handle every aspect of your DUI case.

For over 25 years, the skilled attorneys at Marinaro Law Firm have helped people just like you analyze the procedure followed by the arresting officer from local or state police. There is a specific protocol required for a DUI arrest. If the officer failed to perform that procedure correctly or breached it, you may have grounds for a successful defense against this serious charge.

Even if you took a Breathalyzer test at the scene to measure the amount of alcohol in your body, and it was over the legal limit, you are still innocent until proven guilty. A capable lawyer knows that the police officer needs to calibrate and operate the machine correctly. Let our attorneys examine the details of your case and aggressively defend you against a DUI conviction.

Driving Under the Influence: A Damaging Charge

If you get caught drunk driving by a law enforcement agency, you may face several potential penalties if you are found guilty of this crime. At Marinaro Law, our lawyers have extensive experience defending clients against a wide range of charges.

For example, we had a client facing his third DUI arrest within 30 years. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.25% at the time of his DUI charge. Our attorney successfully represented our client before the highest BAC panel of the Office of the District Attorney, and the court accepted him into the accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) program.

DUI Levels

In Pennsylvania, there are three levels of DUI that carry increasing penalties:

  • General impairment—.08% to .099% BAC
  • High BAC—0.10% to 0.159% BAC
  • Highest BAC—0.16% and higher

These three levels each have different consequences based on the driver’s prior history. For a complete discussion of all tiers of Pennsylvania DUI penalties, either contact our firm to schedule a consultation or visit the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website. You can also refer to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board website for a Pennsylvania DUI Law Grading and Sentencing Guide.

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No Prior DUI Offenses

The penalties for a person found guilty of DUI for the first time are the least harsh of all the DUI punishments. Without proper legal representation from Marinaro Law, you may face:

  • Ungraded misdemeanor
  • Up to six months of probation
  • $300 fine
  • Alcohol highway safety school
  • Treatment when ordered
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One Prior DUI Offense

For a person with one prior DUI offense, the penalties are more intense and may include:

  • Ungraded misdemeanor
  • 12-month license suspension
  • Five days to six months of jail time
  • $300 to $2,500 fine
  • Alcohol highway safety school
  • Treatment when ordered
  • One year ignition interlock
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Two or More Prior DUI Offenses

For repeat DUI offenders who are found guilty after an arrest, the punishments may include:

  • Second-degree misdemeanor
  • 12-month license suspension
  • Ten days to two years in prison
  • $500 to $5,000 fine
  • Treatment when ordered
  • One year use of ignition interlock device

What’s It Like Working with Marinaro Law?

The attorneys at Marinaro Law are well-versed in various aspects of criminal and family law. No matter if you’ve been charged with a DUI, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, felony theft, or another legal issue, you can count on us to fight for the outcome you deserve.

Look at what some of our previous clients have said about us:

“Wow. Can’t say enough about this team. Three times my family has gone to these fine folks, and three times we’ve come away smiling.

These guys really know what they’re doing and how to handle your situation. If you’re worried, if you’re not sure what you’re really up against, call them immediately. They’ll find time for you, they’ll get you your answers quickly, and if you need representation, you’re getting the best. I really can’t recommend them highly enough.”

–Glen R. via Google

“I have nothing but all positive things to say about this law firm starting with the lawyer himself, Michael Marinaro. This man gives you 100% of his time, attention, and expertise. He spends quality time listening and hearing your concerns and your situation from your perspective. He gives quality advice concerning the situation and how the law works in regards to your own personal situation.

When you leave his office, you do so with confidence and an understanding of what all will take place and how it will impact you, and how he will work on your behalf with positive outcomes. He has so much experience and ties with the community that one can rest assured [he’s] taking the guesswork out of the situation. He has a staff of highly qualified people who all work together on your case and situation, keeping you informed along the way.”

–Suzanne K. via Google

Determined DUI Attorneys on Your Side at Marinaro Law Firm

DUI charges are serious, and that’s why you need determined DUI attorneys who have a proven track record of successfully defending clients with this charge. Please don’t waste time with other law offices that lack professionalism and put their own interests first. Instead, trust the DUI attorneys at Marinaro Law to give your case the attention you deserve.

If you have questions regarding your DUI arrest, contact Marinaro Law in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, by calling 717-366-8515, toll-free 866-472-0157, or completing our online contact form. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but we offer evening and weekend appointments upon request. We provide services in English or Spanish and provide free consultations in some criminal defense cases.

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