Defending Your Case

Why do I need a lawyer?

Being arrested for any reason can be a very scary thing. It can also be confusing, especially if you are trying to navigate the world of Pennsylvania DUI law without an attorney. If you’re a first offender, you need to have someone who can help you fill out all of the proper forms, answer all your questions, make sure that you are properly prepared to appear in court, and know what to do when you are in Court. Our office may be able to find a way of getting a reduction to the charges or a reduced license suspension.  We may even be able to get some of the charges against you dropped.

Bad Representation is Dangerous

The consequences of poor representation or representing yourself can be disastrous! Depending on the circumstances, you could lose your license, go to jail, and possibly lose your job – even if it’s your first offense! With poor or self-representation, you won’t have much protection from an unfavorable sentence, one that could negatively affect you far into the future. Don’t attempt to go it alone, and don’t choose just any lawyer.

Make Sure It’s Done Right

If you needed surgery, you wouldn’t try to do it yourself. The same should be true when it comes to handling your own court case. The people fighting the case against you understand DUI law. You need to be represented in court so that you can be sure that you do not agree to something that you do not fully understand. You want to make sure that you do not give away any of your legal rights. You also need to make sure that you do not mess up any of your paperwork, miss any court appearances, or mishear any of what is said in Court. Unless you hold a law degree, you will not always understand what is said, which can make things very difficult for you. Becoming confused and frustrated can cause you to say or do things that make your situation even worse.

You should have a lawyer, regardless of whether this is your first offense or you have multiple offenses. If you represent yourself and end up talking about your case directly with the prosecutor, saying the wrong things can cause a worse outcome than if you had hired an attorney. We will work for you, not the prosecutor.

DEFENSES

Many DUI cases are not a lost cause. We know the difference between a hopeless case and one that has potential. There are often options that only an experienced DUI defense lawyer can tell you about, and we know when to pursue these possibilities. Questioning the evidence can bring important details to light.

For example:

  • Were you actually driving at the time of the offense?
  • Did the officer follow the proper legal procedure?
  • Did the officer lawfully pull you over?
  • Is there another explanation for the observations the police officer made?
  • Were the tests of your breath or blood properly run?
  • Do the physics of your accident support the theory that you caused it?

It may be possible to reduce your penalty by refuting the evidence against you. To do that, you need an expert in your corner who knows the testing methods and the science of DUI. Mike Sherman literally wrote the book on PA DUI law, and he spent time working on cases for the PA State Police. Why count on anyone else?