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Navigating the criminal justice system after DUI arrest

On Behalf of | Dec 27, 2021 | Drug Charges

Perhaps you were driving home on unfamiliar roads after a holiday party when Pennsylvania police pulled you over in a traffic stop. They approached your vehicle and asked if you had been drinking. You took a roadside breath test and failed. An officer then arrested you for DUI.

Pursuing the best possible legal outcome

The last thing you wanted to do after attending the party was call home to let your family know that you were arrested. Facing DUI charges can take an immediate toll on all aspects of your life, including your career, educational opportunities, a marriage, personal reputation and, even, finances. You could also incur a driver’s license suspension or restrictions that require you to install an ignition interlock system in your vehicle, especially if you were previously convicted of DUI.

It’s not uncommon to feel embarrassed or afraid in these circumstances. However, what’s most important is to remember that you have legal rights and are guaranteed an opportunity to formally contest the charges in court. This may be especially important if your rights were violated at any stage of the process. Most individuals facing DUI charges retain an experienced criminal defense attorney at the first opportunity.

Acting alongside an attorney versus self-representation

Unless you have a background in criminal law, there may be numerous defense options available of which you’re unaware. This is one of many reasons that most defendants choose to act alongside legal representation rather than try to handle proceedings on their own. At Leeth & Gaglione, in Pennsylvania, an experienced legal team stands ready to act as a personal advocate for anyone who has been arrested and charged with DUI in this state.