If you've been arrested on a Pennsylvania DUI charge, you're probably understandably shaken and may not know where to turn next. However, PA drunk driving arrests require immediate action. The Pennsylvania DUI attorneys at Zachary B. Cooper, Attorney at Law, P.C. are ready to skillfully and compassionately address every aspect of your drunk driving case.
Whether you're facing a Pennsylvania DUI charge or have just learned that a loved one has been arrested for drunk driving, it's time to take action. The first steps after a drunk driving arrest are to consult with an experienced Pennsylvania DUI attorney, find the driver in custody if he or she is in jail, and post bail.
Finding a driver arrested for Pennsylvania DUI can be challenging, particularly if you're unfamiliar with the complexities of the criminal justice system. Having the driver's legal name and birth date will help immensely. If you can obtain the driver's booking number that will also aid in the search. A Pennsylvania DUI attorney can likely locate the driver in custody on your behalf.
Drivers arrested for Pennsylvania DUI are either required to post bail or are released on their own recognizance, called "O.R." or "OR". Many people need the help of a bail bond company to secure the driver's release. Bail bondsmen usually ask you to pay a non-refundable deposit of 10 percent of the accused drunk driver's bail amount.
Once you've been released from jail, it's critical to start building an aggressive defense to your Pennsylvania DUI court case. Fortunately, a Pennsylvania drunk driving arrest doesn't trigger a separate DMV administrative case as it does in many states, meaning that the only consequences to your driver's license come from your court case.
Your Pennsylvania DUI lawyer will prepare for your court case by exhaustively analyzing the evidence against you, including your chemical test and field sobriety test performance, and preparing aggressive challenges. Fortunately, all of the evidence in your Pennsylvania DUI case is open to challenge, no matter how convincingly it seems to point to your alleged guilt.
If you're like many drivers arrested for Pennsylvania DUI, you may be tempted to plead guilty just to put the experience behind you. That's completely understandable, but you should know that there may be excellent reasons to fight your case. To learn more about aggressive defenses to drunk driving charges, please contact The Pennsylvania DUI attorneys at Zachary B. Cooper, Attorney at Law, P.C. today for a free consultation.