Criminal Defense / DUI

DUI And Criminal Defense

We are here to protect your rights, no matter large or small. If you are facing drinking and driving charges in Kingston or elsewhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania, there are steps you can take to protect your rights and potentially avoid having a DUI conviction follow you for the rest of your life.

At Silverblatt, DeCosmo & Shotto, we help people who were arrested on suspicion of DUI get through this challenge as quickly as possible. Our experienced lawyers have represented hundreds of people in need of DUI defense over the past 20 years.

Avoiding Jail For A 1st DUI Offense

If you have no prior DUI convictions on your record or have not had one in 10 years, you could be eligible for Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program. In exchange for entry into this program, the defendant completes services, pays fines, and serves probation, after which the DUI can be expunged from their record.

The Drinking And Driving Penalty Tiers In Pennsylvania

For adults, Pennsylvania law considers driving with a blood alcohol level at or above .08 to be standard DUI. There is also a tier of enhanced penalties for driving with a BAL of between .10 and .159, and an even higher penalty level for a BAL of .160 or above. The number of prior offenses also affects the severity of the penalties involved.

For example, a second misdemeanor DUI offense leads to a sentence of at least five days in jail and up to six months, plus a suspended driver’s license for 12 months, another year of using an ignition interlock device and $300 – $2,500 in fines. A third or subsequent offense carries more severe penalties, including a minimum of 10 days in jail and a maximum of two years behind bars.

Don’t Give Up Your Rights. Contact Silverblatt, DeCosmo & Shotto

Your only way of ensuring fair treatment by the criminal justice system is to retain an experienced and aggressive defense attorney. Don’t risk giving up your rights and getting an unfair sentence. Turn to Silverblatt, DeCosmo & Shotto passionate lawyers instead. We will represent you at your magistrate hearing and work toward the best possible outcome. Call 570-820-9800 for a free telephone consultation with one of our attorneys. We are also reachable via our online intake form.

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