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    What Are the Top Mistakes DUI Defendants Make?

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    Getting charged with a DUI is probably one of the last things you want to happen. DUI charges are some of the most common criminal offenses across the country. The stress of a DUI arrest may make you lose your cool and the aftermath may pose unforeseen obstacles as well.

    DUIs are serious criminal offenses. A conviction can mean a criminal record, jail time, license suspension and/or CDL disqualification and other penalties. I t is important to avoid making any mistakes before your trial  that could hurt your case.

    There are a few common blunders people make when facing a DUI charge. These mistakes can happen at any point. They may happen during your interaction with the arresting officer, or mere days before your trial. If you have never faced a DUI charge before, you probably have no idea  what to watch out for. That is why our DUI  attorneys have compiled the following list of the most common mistakes DUI defendants make.

    Saying too much.

    If an officer pulls you over for driving under the influence, keeping your cool is a must. The officer will likely ask you many questions. Your initial reaction might be to answer immediately. While you should generally follow an officer’s orders, you have the right to remain silent. Anything you tell the officer will likely come back to haunt you in court. It is important to keep in mind that officers will not reward your honesty. Admitting you have had a couple of beers will only hurt you in court. It is better to remain silent but courteous.

    Refusing a breathalyzer or chemical test.

    Many people think refusing a breathalyzer or blood test is a good idea. However, refusing these tests does not put you in the clear. Refusing a test which determines your BAC may actually have severe penalties. Your refusal may come back to bite you in court.

    Submitting to these tests will give your attorney a few options in your case. They can contest the accuracy of the results, the validity of the test, and its procedures. These avenues may render your test results inadmissible. If so, you may avoid serious penalties.

    Postponing or failing to hire an experienced attorney.

    People facing a DUI charge for the first time often do not know how best to handle their case. This causes many people to wait until the last minute to hire a lawyer. Others never hire a lawyer at all. This is because they think they can fight the charge themselves. Others simply admit guilt and shoulder the penalties without making their case.

    An experienced DUI attorney can get your charges dropped or reduced. This is because they know what evidence to look for in your defense. They will also offer advice and guidance on how to handle your court hearings. Fighting a DUI successfully is difficult. Having a reputable attorney on your side greatly increases your chances of winning.

    Prepare a Solid Defense with an Experienced DUI  Attorney

    The biggest mistake people often make concerning their DUI case is not adequately preparing. Giving up because you believe there is no hope for your case will always end in disaster. Further, believing that a DUI case is no big deal, and that it will naturally work out in your favor, is simply incorrect. The best way to fight for your case, and achieve the best possible outcome, is by speaking with an attorney.

    The experienced DUI  attorneys at Fiore & Barber, LLC know how to fight DUI charges. We strongly encourage you to seek legal guidance should you face this kind of charge. You can reach us by telephone at 215-256-0205, or through our online portal.

    Hire A Lawyer To Defend DUI Charges in Pennsylvania

    If you have been arrested for a DUI, you are probably wondering if you should hire a lawyer to defend DUI charges in Pennsylvania.  If you cannot afford a lawyer to defend you against DUI charges in Pennsylvania, the court will appoint you a lawyer. You will get a defense, however, if you can afford to retain an attorney, you probably should even if you think you are guilty. (more…)

    Pennsylvania Legislature Slams Shut Loophole for DUI Offenses

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    On October 27, 2014, Governor Tom Corbett signed legislation that will greatly affect punishment for certain DUI offenses.

    Until this new legislation, subsequent DUI offenses were governed by the decision in Commonwealth v. Haig, 981 A.2d 902 (2009). In that case, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the actions of an individual subsequent to the DUI violation were beyond the scope of the prior offense provision during sentencing. In layman’s terms, this meant that an individual can be convicted as a first-time offender on multiple DUI arrests if those offenses were committed after the first violation.

    Under the new amended law, the relevant recidivism time-period to the ten-year period before sentencing (not after violation) will be counted towards the prior offense grading and penalty. It also added the language “whether or not judgment of sentence has been imposed for the violation.” Therefore, going forward, a driver with multiple DUI offenses will be sentenced to much harsher penalties. This provision is effective 60 days from Monday, October 27.

    To discuss this amendment or how it may affect your case, please contact Fiore & Barber, LLC.

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