Defense Lawyers and the DUI Process in Pennsylvania
If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving, then you may be wondering what comes next. Navigating the courts can be extremely difficult if you do not have an experienced DUI attorney at your side. To make sure that you are prepared every step of the process, please speak to a Harrisburg criminal lawyer at Crisp and Associates, LLC.
Our legal team is well-equipped to handle your case, having been special trained in the area of DUI. Attorney Bryan DePowell has been certified as a DUI Detection and SFST Practitioner and Instructor, as well as received the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Certification and the Forensic Sobriety Assessment Certification. These have allowed him to have an in-depth understanding of all issues related to DUI and how to better defend his clients against the supposed evidence.
The Court Process for DUI
After you are arrested for drunk driving, you will be required to appear at an initial arraignment, called a preliminary hearing. At this arraignment, the court will inform you of your charges and will ask you to enter a plea. This hearing will occur at your local District Court within 72 hours if you are still in custody or 60 days if you were released.
The initial arraignment can be a critical point, as it is possible to have your charges dismissed or reduced. You also may be able to negotiate a plea agreement that is more favorable than going to trial. In light of this, you should make sure to have a DUI attorney by your side early on to defend and negotiate on your behalf. Another option may be requesting to complete the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (A.R.D.), which is a two-year program for first time offenders who have not caused serious injury or death. Talk to your lawyer to see if you are eligible for this program and if it is advantageous for you to pursue.
After your initial arraignment, you may have further court appearances called Pre-Trial Conferences. At these, your DUI lawyer can submit pretrial motions such as motion to suppress the evidence, motion to dismiss, and discovery motion that can improve your position. If you and your attorney have decided that it is best not to resolve the case with a plea bargain or program, then your case will proceed to trial. During the trial, the prosecution and your defense attorney will deliver their arguments before a jury.
Once both sides are finished, the jury will decide the verdict and the judge will deliver the sentence, if you were found guilty. If the trial does not come out in your favor, then you may be able to take your case to appeals. This will allow a higher court to review the case against you and pronounce a new verdict, if applicable.
Need a Lawyer for a DUI Case in Harrisburg?
Don’t put your future at risk. Get in touch with our legal team to see how we can defend you! Our Harrisburg DUI lawyers will review all the evidence so we can begin building a strong case on your behalf. Our goal is to deliver the best possible legal representation so that your charges will be reduced or dropped altogether. Contact our attorneys by calling our office! We are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day!