Common Questions About DUI
To make the best decisions about how to proceed following a DUI, it is important to have the answers to your questions. Here are some questions people frequently ask after a DUI arrest.
Can I Refuse A Breathalyzer Test?
Pennsylvania’s implied consent law says that by driving in the state, you agree to comply with police requests for a blood alcohol test. Refusing the test is a separate charge, and you will forfeit your driver’s license for one year. However, you may politely refuse field sobriety tests. Your refusal does not mean police will not use other observations against you, including slurred speech.
How Long Will My DUI Case Last?
You will receive court summons soon after your arrest. Every case is different, but a compassionate attorney will guide you through each step.
How Do I Get My License Back?
You will have to complete the requirements for restoration outlined in a letter you receive from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. After serving your suspension time, paying your fines and submitting proof of insurance, you may also have to retake your driving test. You may qualify for an occupational license or for ignition interlock.
What Will Happen If I Drive On A Suspended License?
Driving on a suspended license is a serious offense that can lead to a hefty fine or up to 90 days in jail. A conviction for this offense may also add more time to your license suspension.
Will I Lose My Job Because Of A DUI?
If you drive for a living, you will not be able to do so with a suspended license. Even if you have a long commute or use a company car, your license suspension will be a serious hindrance. A lawyer may be able to help you obtain an occupational permit.
My BAC Was .08 Or Higher. Should I Just Plead Guilty?
It is not wise to plead guilty to any charge without a full understanding of your legal options. Much of the evidence against you may be weak at best. Pleading guilty means accepting consequences that may haunt you for years. Louis W. Emmi Attorney at Law has successfully reduced those consequences for many Pittsburgh drivers. Call 412-437-8124 or contact us online to see how we can help you.