After an arrest or charge of driving under the influence (DUI) in Pennsylvania, many people realize that they’re unfamiliar with the specifics of DUI law or the consequences they might face if convicted. Knowing more about how PA DUI charges can equip you to defend yourself more effectively.
Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about DUI charges in Pennsylvania:
Can I Refuse to Take a Breath Test? Should I Have Refused to Take the Breath Test?
Like every other state, Pennsylvania has an “implied consent” law that assumes a driver who has a driver’s license has implicitly agreed to take a breath test when asked. Refusing the test can result in stiff penalties.
What Is Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)?
Blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, is a measurement of the amount of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream. The measurement is typically given in milligrams of alcohol per deciliter of blood (mg/dL). Every state sets the legal limit at 0.08% mg/dL for most drivers. Commercial drivers are held to a lower limit.
Can I Challenge the Results of a Breath or Blood Test?
It’s a common misconception that breath and blood alcohol test results make your case “open and shut.” Both tests can be subject to error, especially if equipment is not calibrated or operated correctly during the test. An experienced lawyer can help you investigate the circumstances of the test and shine a light on any errors that call the results into question.
Can I Drive Without My License in Pennsylvania?
A person who drives while his or her license has been revoked or suspended faces additional serious consequences if pulled over. Instead of taking this risk, talk to your lawyer about ways to get certain driving privileges reinstated, and look into alternate transportation options, such as rides with friends, taxi services, or public transportation.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Pennsylvania DUI Defense Attorney Today
If you’ve been arrested on suspicion of a DUI in PA, don’t wait: an experienced Pennsylvania DUI defense lawyer can help you understand the charges and fight for the best possible outcome. Contact Purchase George and Murphey P.C. today at (814) 580-5017 to learn more.
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