Justice Is Not Just A Concept

Is a guilty plea the best response to a Pennsylvania DUI?

On Behalf of | Jan 23, 2023 | DUI |

If you are well-known in your community or a successful professional, getting arrested for drunk driving may have been the most mortifying moment of your life so far. You may have worried the entire time that someone you knew would drive past and see you there, performing a field sobriety test.

Now that you face criminal charges, your fear may be even more intense. You likely worry that family members, your clients or your employer may find out about your legal situation. You worry about losing your job or never achieving your goals because of social stigma.

Driving under the influence (DUI) charges often involve technical violations rather than harm to others. You might think that just pleading guilty is the fastest and therefore best solution in your case. However, that is not true for a significant number of people accused of driving while drunk.

The criminal penalties can alter your life

Pennsylvania imposes numerous specific consequences for DUI charges. The exact penalties are typically set at the discretion of the judge presiding over your case, but they will likely include license suspension, fines and jail time.

Those penalties alone could cost you thousands of dollars and damage your career. Losing your driver’s license might mean that you can’t continue working in the same profession. Even if you don’t drive for work, your employer might eventually find out about your charges if they do a background check while considering you for a promotion. Any criminal record can slow or end your career advancement.

Licensing and insurance challenges are noteworthy

Even if you only lose your license for a short amount of time, you can expect to pay more for your insurance coverage for several years once you regain your driving privileges. For many people, the combined cost of alternate transportation while they do not have a license and the increased premium they must pay for insurance will exceed what they may have saved in court costs by pleading guilty to the charge against them.

Those who fight back against DUI charges can avoid all of the criminal penalties and the criminal record that comes with such allegations. Asserting your innocence and proving it in court is often the best response to a pending DUI charge.