DUI/Underage Drinking

Gross McGinley Allentown PA DUI Attorneys

DUI/Underage Drinking

We Can Help with the Consequences of a DUI

It’s illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you’ll want to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. DUI charges can result in license suspension, high fines, jail time, and higher insurance rates.

Pennsylvania has strict penalties for DUI. State law divides DUI into “general impairment,” “high rate,” and “highest rate,” based on blood alcohol content (BAC).

While a driver who refuses to take a chemical test will be charged with a general impairment DUI, they will receive the highest rate DUI penalties. PA law stacks DUI penalties based on whether it’s a first, second, or third offense.

Because DUIs include varied degrees of severity that result in equally varied penalties, it’s important to consult an attorney who can help you navigate DUI law’s complexities.

Underage Drinking

If you’re under age 21 and arrested for DUI, you face additional strict penalties. Those consequences include mandatory license suspension for up to a year and fines that range between $500 and $5,000. Even first time offenders face harsh penalties and fines.

Pennsylvania law considers underage drivers with a BAC of .02% as legally drunk. For most people, that’s the equivalent of one beer. Drivers under age 18 receive punishment under Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Act. Drivers 18 and older — but not yet 21 — can receive very harsh penalties for a first offense, which include:

  • Mandatory minimum jail time of 48 hours
  • Fines between $500 and $5,000
  • Mandatory attendance at an alcohol highway safety school
  • Community service

Whether it’s a first or subsequent offense, you’ll want to talk to an experienced DUI attorney.

Pennsylvania’s Accelerate Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)/ DUI Program

All Pennsylvania counties offer this probationary program for first-time DUI offenders. According to the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, “the program is intended to encourage offenders to make a fresh start after participation in a rehabilitative program.” This program offers them the possibility of a clean record with successful completion.

Once you’ve completed the program successfully, criminal DUI charges are removed from your record. They will, however, remain on your driving record to help judges determine potential future charges.

Our DUI attorneys will determine whether you qualify for this program.

Why Choose Us?

A DUI conviction can have far-reaching effects. You may lose out on educational or employment opportunities or need to pay higher insurance rates for a long time. Personal relationships can suffer, too.

We have a balanced, in-depth knowledge of the criminal justice system. We have experience working with local police departments, prosecutors, and judges in Pennsylvania.

Our legal team understands that each client’s case is unique. Our attorneys collect and analyze the information to completely understand the facts of your case. Then, we build a custom defense strategy.

We recognize that this process causes significant emotional and financial stress. We treat our clients with compassion and pledge to do all we can to put our clients’ minds at ease throughout the whole process.

DUI/Underage Drinking Team

View Profile Gross McGinley Allentown Law Firm Attorney Michael J. Blum

Michael J. Blum

Senior Counsel
View Profile Gross McGinley Allentown Law Firm Attorney Robert M. Campbell

Robert M. Campbell

View Profile Gross McGinley Allentown Law Firm Sara Hart Charette

Sarah Hart Charette

View Profile Lehigh Valley criminal defense lawyer Philip Lauer

Philip D. Lauer

View Profile Gross McGinley Allentown Law Firm Attorney Constance K. Nelson

Constance K. Nelson

Senior Counsel

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