PA DUI Sentencing Alternatives

A Pennsylvania DUI conviction can bring you harsh consequences that can include jail, fines, a driver's license suspension, and other repercussions. However, it may be possible to use alternative sentencing to reduce traditional punishment in a Pennsylvania DUI case. An experienced Pennsylvania DUI lawyer from Zachary B. Cooper, Attorney at Law, P.C. is ready to review your case and determine whether alternative sentencing may be an option for you.

The object of alternative sentencing is to both help and punish you after a Pennsylvania DUI arrest. Sentencing alternatives such as an ignition interlock device or an approved treatment program may allow you to keep your job or get help for a substance-abuse problem - options that may not be available in jail.

An ignition interlock device is a device installed into your vehicle that prevents you from starting your car if your blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds a certain level. Ignition interlock devices are mandatory in some repeat Pennsylvania DUI cases. In some Pennsylvania DUI cases, depending on the jurisdiction, the court may allow voluntary use of an ignition interlock device to be substituted for more traditional punishment.

If you're facing a first-time Pennsylvania DUI charge, weren't involved in an accident, and meet other requirements, you may be eligible for A.R.D., or Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition - a program that focuses on treatment rather than incarceration. If you're accepted into ARD and complete all of the program's requirements, your Pennsylvania DUI charge will be dismissed and you won't have a criminal record.

If you're not eligible for A.R.D. in your Pennsylvania DUI case, you may be able to voluntarily enter rehabilitation and receive credit against a jail sentence or another type of punishment. Voluntarily seeking treatment for alcohol and/or drug abuse sends a message to the court that you're serious about getting help and not repeating the actions that brought you to court.

A Pennsylvania DUI conviction can bring you serious repercussions, but sentencing alternatives may help to reduce more traditional sentencing options. A skilled PA DUI attorney from Zachary B. Cooper, Attorney at Law, P.C. is ready to review your case and establish whether sentencing alternatives may be an option in your driving under the influence case.