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DUI Defense Attorney in Lancaster, PA

At Chieppor & Egner LLC, we understand the gravity of DUI charges In Lancaster and the urgency required in resolving them. Time is of the essence and immediate action is needed to protect your driving privileges and start a strong criminal defense. With our years of experience, including backgrounds as former prosecutors, we are uniquely qualified to guide you through this challenging time.

What to do when Facing DUI Charges in Pennsylvania?

The moment you’re arrested for DUI, the clock starts ticking. In Pennsylvania, you have limited time to request an administrative hearing to recover your suspended driver’s license. Failing to act promptly can result in the long-term suspension of your driving privileges.

At Chieppor & Egner LLC, we stress the importance of contacting us as soon as possible. Our DUI defense attorneys will quickly take action, giving you the best chance to preserve your driving privileges.

What are the Potential DUI Penalties in Pennsylvania?

Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is a serious offense in Pennsylvania. Depending on your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), prior convictions, and other factors, you could face DUI penalties such as fines, jail time, license suspension, and ignition interlock device requirements.

Here are some of the possible consequences for a DUI conviction in Pennsylvania:

First DUI offense:

If your BAC is between .08% and .099%, you could face six months of probation, a $300 fine, and no license suspension. However, if your BAC is between .10% and .159%, you could face 48 hours to six months in jail, a $500 to $5,000 fine, and a 12-month license suspension. And if your BAC is .16% or higher, you could face 72 hours to six months in jail, a $1,000 to $5,000 fine, and a 12-month license suspension.

Second DUI offense:

If your BAC is between .08% and .099%, you could face five days to six months in jail, a $300 to $2,500 fine, and a 12-month license suspension. However, if your BAC is between .10% and .159%, you could face 30 days to six months in jail, a $750 to $5,000 fine, and a 12-month license suspension. And if your BAC is .16% or higher, you could face 90 days to five years in jail, a $1,500 to $10,000 fine, and an 18-month license suspension.

Third DUI offense:

If your BAC is between .08% and .099%, you could face 10 days to two years in jail, a $500 to $5,000 fine, and a 12-month license suspension. However, if your BAC is between .10% and .159%, you could face 90 days to five years in jail, a $1,500 to $10,000 fine, and an 18-month license suspension. And if your BAC is .16% or higher, you could face one to five years in jail, a $2,500 to $10,000 fine, and an 18-month license suspension.

In addition to these penalties, you may also have to attend alcohol highway safety school, undergo substance abuse treatment, install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for at least one year after your license suspension ends, and pay court costs and fees. A DUI conviction can also affect your car insurance rates, your employment opportunities, and your personal reputation.

If you are facing DUI charges in Pennsylvania, it is important to consult with an experienced DUI defense lawyer who can help you understand your options and fight for the best possible outcome in your case. At Chieppor & Egner, our Lancaster DUI lawyers can help you challenge the evidence against you, negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor, or apply for a first-offender program that can result in the dismissal of your charges.

Driving under the influence is a serious matter that can have lasting consequences on your life. Don’t take any chances with your future. Contact our qualified DUI lawyers today for a free consultation.

Representation from Former Prosecutors

Attorneys Jonathan Chieppor and Alex Egner offer a unique advantage in DUI cases thanks to their extensive experience as former prosecutors. Trained by the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, both are state-certified to perform Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs). This experience enables them to critically assess the way police officers conduct these tests, often identifying errors or procedural shortcomings that can be leveraged in your defense.

Attorney Alex Egner has experience as a military police officer, receiving the same training local and state police officers undergo to determine DUI offenses. This inside knowledge of law enforcement techniques and procedures equips us with the tools to counteract the prosecution’s case aggressively and effectively.

Proven Success in DUI Cases

When it comes to DUI cases, attorneys Jonathan Chieppor and Alex Egner utilize their specialized knowledge and years of courtroom experience to deliver a well-crafted, strong defense tailored to your specific circumstances. Both attorneys have a proven track record of winning DUI cases in Lancaster County courts, which speaks to the effectiveness of their approach to these complex cases.

Finding Flaws in Field Sobriety Tests

Field Sobriety Tests are one of the primary methods law enforcement uses to assess impairment in suspected DUI cases. However, these tests are far from perfect. Whether it’s investigating the conditions under which the test was administered, the officer’s training and competence in conducting the test, or even the inherent subjectivity that may have influenced the results, they know where to look for errors or inconsistencies that can weaken the prosecution’s case.

Challenging the Legality of Traffic Stops

A significant part of many DUI defenses hinges on the legality of the initial traffic stop. Were you pulled over without reasonable suspicion? Was there probable cause to administer a breathalyzer test?

These are questions that Jonathan and Alex will thoroughly explore. They will review police reports, dash-cam footage, body word camera recordings, and other evidence to ensure that your constitutional rights are not violated. Any errors found can be grounds for challenging the legitimacy of the charges against you.

Disputing Breath and Blood Tests

Another cornerstone of DUI charges is chemical testing—either breath or blood tests—to determine blood alcohol content. While these tests may seem conclusive, they are subject to improper administration and even issues with the chain of custody for the samples.

Jonathan and Alex are well-versed in the technical aspects of these tests, as well as the procedural requirements for their admissibility in court. They will examine calibration records for breathalyzers, scrutinize the credentials of the personnel who administered the tests and investigate the timeline and procedures followed in the handling of your blood or breath samples. Any discrepancy can serve as a point of contention in court, potentially leading to the dismissal or reduction of charges.

Contact a Lancaster DUI Lawyer

Our attorneys not only have years of courtroom experience but are also deeply familiar with the Lancaster County Court system. Don’t leave your future to chance; protect your driving privileges and maintain a clean record by seeking the legal advice and representation you deserve.

To schedule a consultation, call us today at 717-393-1400 or complete our online intake form. At Chieppor & Egner LLC, we’re committed to defending your rights and achieving the best possible outcome for your case.

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