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What penalties can a Lackawanna County resident face after DUI?

It could happen to anybody. After a few beers with buddies or a family function where alcohol is present, you are pulled over and are charged with DUI. Since drunk driving allegations and charges are a state-mandated issue, Pennsylvania has laws pertaining to the type of penalties one could face after a DUI conviction. Just because one has been charged with DUI does not make it official until the accused has their day in court.

Depending on whether this is your first or multiple DUI charge, it can affect the type of penalties one could face if convicted of DUI. Whether it is your first or third offense, a person convicted of DUI will face up to a one year driver's license revocation. Treatment may also be ordered by a judge. It is even possible that the accused vehicle could be confiscated. If you have been wrongfully accused of DUI; these penalties should not be enforced upon you.

Whatever the situation, it is in your best interest to argue a lesser charge or potentially some type of plea bargain. This could be in the best interests of both the state and the accused. This option may not be on the table for some people who have been charged with DUI. Potential penalties for a DUI conviction are serious and should not be taken lightly.

While a DUI charge is rarely an ideal situation, it is possible to make the best of the situation. Maybe you fully admit that you made a mistake, but do not think that your penalty should be so harsh due to extenuating circumstances. Whatever the circumstance, do not delay. In order to make a case against a Pennsylvania DUI allegation, it can take time and persistence.

Source: dui.findlaw.com, "State-by-state DUI penalties," Accessed Oct. 17, 2016

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