Pennsylvania DUI Defense Lawyer
Many people don't understand the extent of harm they are facing when they are picked up for a DUI. I am criminal defense attorney Niels C. Eriksen, and I know how costly a DUI can be.
In 2005, several national studies concluded that a first-time DUI conviction was estimated to cost between $8,000 and $12,000 including bail, fines, court costs, insurance and towing fees.
If you have been arrested for DUI/drunk driving, please contact me as soon as possible for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.
I take the time to explain the whole picture — not only the potential fine and sentence, but ancillary consequences like loss of a license or points on an insurance policy.
DUI conviction can mean:
- Significant jail time
- Significant driver's license suspension
- Mandatory drug and alcohol counseling
- Installation of an ignition interlock device
for second offense DUI ($750 to $1,000)
- Probation and parole of 1 to 3 years
- Loss of job in some occupations
- Loss of professional licenses
- Financial loss
- Loss of reputation
- Ongoing effects of a criminal record
Multiple Charges for the Same Offense
DUI clients typically face multiple traffic offenses in addition to the DUI charge. The cumulative effect of the traffic violations can be substantial. I work to get the charges against my clients dismissed or reduced.
Leaving No Stone Unturned
In drunk driver cases, I will question whether the police had a legal right to stop you, whether they followed procedure, whether they were properly trained in administering the BAC test, and whether the Breathalyzer was properly calibrated and in good working order. In short, I will leave no stone unturned in my work to secure the best possible outcome for my DUI clients.
Eliminating Invalid Priors
Sentencing for DUI in Pennsylvania is based on the defendant's blood alcohol level and the number of prior offenses.
I will investigate any prior DUI offenses to make certain they are valid and can be used legally as evidence against you. In many cases, I have gotten prior offenses thrown out for lack of supporting evidence. As you can see from the DUI sentencing chart, reducing prior offenses can significantly lessen the consequences for a DUI conviction.
If you or someone you care about has been arrested for a DUI, don't delay. Contact my law firm today to learn how I can help. The initial consultation is always free of charge.