For the first time in the history of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there will be felony DUI offenses. On December 23, 2018, Pennsylvania's DUI law will be changed to include penalties that make certain DUI's a felony offense.
What type of charge am I facing for my DUI to be a felony?
If you are facing DUI charges, the following DUI offenses are now felonies:
Third DUI Offenses
Third DUI offenses within a 10 year period will be graded as a felony if the driver:
- Had a minor under the age of 18 as a passenger in the vehicle
- Was under the influence of a controlled substance
- Refused to submit to a chemical test to determine their blood alcohol level
- Had a blood alcohol level of .16% or higher
Fourth and Subsequent Offenses
If a driver had three or more DUIs in the past 10 years, they will be charged with a felony regardless of the level of DUI charged.
If you ever had a Homicide by Vehicle
If you were ever convicted of a homicide by vehicle in the past, a DUI will carry a felony grading.
On December 23, 2018, the stakes will be getting higher. A felony means longer prison sentences and a host of other consequences such as:
- You can't own or possess a gun
- You can't go hunting
- You can't vote
- You can't travel to Canada and many other foreign countries
- You can't work at a school for 10 years
- You will be terminated from state employment
- You must notify the professional licensing board if you hold a professional license
- Your car insurance will increase or you may be denied coverage all together
There is hope!
A DUI charge is not an automatic conviction. There are many ways a qualified attorney can challenge the matter in court. Attorney Mike Sherman has been trusted on many tough DUI cases in which other lawyers wanted to plead their client guilty and he was able to get much better results by challenging the case or taking the matter to trial. Mike is a different type of attorney. He's the kind who is willing to fight for you.
Why Mike Sherman?
- Mike Sherman is a former attorney for the Pennsylvania State Police. He knows both sides of the law and uses that knowledge to benefit his clients.
- Mike Sherman wrote “the” Pennsylvania textbook on Pennsylvania DUI law, Driving Under the Influence Law and Practice.
- He has advanced scientific training on the chemistry of drugs and alcohol and can challenge mistakes that the government may make in their evidence.
- His knowledge of science and case law is widely respected throughout Pennsylvania. He often speaks at conferences and seminars to teach other attorneys how to handle these cases.
If you are facing a serious DUI charge, don't delay. Call now to set up your free consultation at 412-471-5000.