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Driving Under the Influence is a serious offense. Intoxication impairs both coordination and judgment. Therefore, an intoxicated person who decides to put their hands behind the wheel risks damage to both persons and property. The law recognizes this danger, which is why it treats DUI as a criminal matter rather than a mere Traffic Offense.

Simultaneously, DUI is a mistake that people with an otherwise sound judgment can make, one from which a person should move on. To minimize the potential harm caused by a DUI charge, you need the assistance of an experienced DUI Lawyer. Whether by aggressively contesting the charges in court or by skillful negotiation for a favorable plea deal, Velter Yurovsky Zoftis Sokolson, LLC, has the knowledge and experience to get you the best possible results.

The DUI Process

There is a specific and clearly outlined set of steps that the arresting police officer must adhere to in a DUI, and any significant deviations may render a conviction impossible. To check for any deviations, it’s helpful to take some time to recall and write down the events leading up to and during the stop and arrest. It’s wise to do this before meeting with your DUI Lawyer. Keep in mind that details of memories can fade quickly, so the earlier you write them down, the better.

Here, in outline, are the steps a police officer needs to perform in case of a DUI:

  1. First, the police officer will visually identify a suspected intoxicated driver by the way they are driving and perform a stop.
  2. During the stop, the first line of testing the police officer may use to determine whether the driver is intoxicated are Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs). FSTs rely on observation and identify intoxication in a person through visual, verbal, and physical cues. 
  3. Following the FSTs, the police officer will perform a preliminary breath test on the site to determine Blood Alcohol Content.
  4. Lastly, a police officer administers one final test using an in-station breathalyzer or a blood test.

These tests have major potential pitfalls that provide a skilled attorney with occasions to challenge the evidence. FSTs have limited reliability and a high margin of error, and so they can be challenged even when performed correctly. A good attorney should be prepared to question the results of FSTs at every possible turn rigorously, and you can expect your DUI Lawyer from Velter Yurovsky Zoftis Sokolson, LLC, to do just that.

Though preliminary breath tests are perhaps more reliable than the highly variable FSTs, the devices used for preliminary breath tests are still far from accurate enough to serve as a basis for conviction. Therefore, the real weight of evidence in a DUI case lies with the in-station breathalyzer or blood test.

Although these testing techniques are more reliable than the other two methods, they are also more technically demanding. There is a serious possibility that some mistake may have been made in applying these tests, which would render the results invalid. It will be your attorney’s task to analyze all records pertaining to the machines and your results, everywhere scanning for any mistakes that may discredit the prosecution.

DUI Offenses

Penalties for DUI are serious and vary depending on the level of the offender’s blood alcohol content. Based on the level of the blood alcohol content, the penalties may include:

  • Fines,
  • Mandatory classes,
  • Community service,
  • Driver License Suspension/loss of driving privileges, and even
  • Jail time, where the case is more severe or in the event of repeated offenses.

Many people charged with DUI have a previously spotless record, and such people are likely unfamiliar with the specific penalties for DUI. Fortunately, however, there are measures in place that grant more lenient treatment to first-time offenders.

Depending on each case’s details, resolution of 1st time DUI offenders may include paying restitution, completing substance abuse treatment, doing community service, and/or other conditions, all to avoid jail time and a lengthy driver license suspension. However, every case is different, so it will take an expert DUI Lawyer to help you understand your options and help you decide whether to negotiate or contest DUI charges.

Multiple DUI Offenses

Penalties for DUI will become significantly more serious if the DUI is not a first-time offense or in cases involving an Accident or Injury to other people or property. In such cases, some amount of incarceration is a likely outcome of the conviction.

As these penalties become more serious, your freedom and your rights become more at stake. An experienced DUI Lawyer will be able to navigate the case’s details to get the best outcome for the defendant. Accordingly, the need for a capable and experienced DUI Lawyer only grows direr and requires an individualized approach at which the DUI Lawyers at Velter Yurovsky Zoftis Sokolson, LLC excel.

Philadelphia DUI Lawyer

If you have been charged with DUI in Philadelphia, don’t hesitate to learn all your options. Call Velter Yurovsky Zoftis Sokolson, LLC today at (215) 969-3004, or Contact Us by e-mail for a prompt response. We offer a free consultation, and our DUI Lawyers have been able to help countless clients in obtaining the best possible results and have the knowledge, and initiative to minimize or drop the harmful consequences associated with a DUI.

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