2nd DUI AND REPEAT DUI LAWYER IN PA
Whether it’s one drink too many or a night of excess, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges can impact your freedom, job opportunities and family relationships. Those facing 2nd, 3rd and 4th DUI offenses are facing significant penalties, including enhanced mandatory minimum sentences and a loss of driving privileges. For more information on Pennsylvania DUI Penalties, click here.
WHEN AM I FACING ENHANCED PENALTIES AS A REPEAT DUI OFFENDER?
You may face enhanced DUI penalties as a multiple DUI offender under two circumstances: (1) when you have a prior conviction for DUI that occurred within the last 10 years of the conviction date of your new DUI case or (2) when you have accrued multiple active DUI cases in a short period of time.
Under the former DUI law, if you picked up two DUI cases on back to back days, you would only be facing two "first-offense" DUI penalties. However, a recent change in Pennsylvania DUI law closed this loophole. As a result, if you pick up two DUI cases on back to back days, you would be facing the penalties for 1st DUI offense on the first day (i.e. 72 hours for .16 or over) and the penalties for a 2nd DUI offense on the second day (i.e. 90 days in jail for .16 or over).
FACING A 3RD DUI OR 4TH DUI OFFENSE WITHIN 10 YEARS?
For a 3rd DUI offense, you are facing a 1-2 year mandatory minimum sentence, but may qualify for house arrest or a DUI Court program that will enable you to avoid going to prison. If you're facing a 4th or subsequent DUI within the last 10 years, then the court is not allowed by law to give you house arrest or alternative housing. If convicted of a 4th DUI, highest tier offense, you will be required to serve the mandatory minimum sentence of 1-2 years in jail or state prison.
FIGHTING A 2ND DUI & REPEAT DUI OFFENSE
Do not wait until you receive charges in the mail to begin building your defense. It is crucial to contact a Pittsburgh DUI lawyer right away to discuss your recollection of the incident and identify possible defenses. This can be done before you ever set foot in a courtroom.
As noted in our DUI Overview page, there are many defenses and weaknesses that can be attacked both prior to and during your trial, which may include: no probable cause to stop your vehicle and arrest you for DUI, improper administration of field sobriety tests, mistaking medical symptoms for evidence of you being drunk, and the failure of breathalyzer operators and toxicologists in following proper testing procedures.
HOW THE ZUCKERMAN LAW FIRM CAN HELP
The Zuckerman Law Firm has been successful in helping clients throughout Western Pennsylvania avoid serving mandatory minimum sentences behind bars. Even when the case against you is strong, Attorney Zuckerman will work diligently to minimize consequences in any plea agreement, including:
- Acceptance into the Phoenix Court program for 2nd DUI offenders.
- DUI Court for 3rd Time Offenders
- Veterans Court Programs for former military veterans.
- House Arrest instead of jail.
- Alternative Housing instead of jail.
- Work Release from Jail.
Contact the experienced Pittsburgh & Western Pennsylvania DUI Attorneys of the Zuckerman Law Firm at 412-447-5580 for a free, confidential consultation.