Drinking and Driving in Berks County, PA

Criminal Lawyer in Reading, Pennsylvania Fights for Drivers

In the state of Pennsylvania, the penalties for drinking and driving can be severe. If you are suspected of operating a motor vehicle while impaired, then a police officer may ask you to perform one or more field sobriety tests. It is important to know that it is your legal right to refuse these tests without fear of being penalized for doing so. These tests are used to gather evidence to warrant an arrest and, therefore, should not be consented to without an attorney's advice. If you are arrested for impaired driving, then you will be taken to have a chemical test done to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC).

A chemical test such as a blood or breath test is required in the state of Pennsylvania under the implied consent law. It is vital to understand that you can refuse the test, but you will face driver's license suspension for one year for a first refusal. A second and third refusal will result in 18 months' license suspension. If your BAC is found to be at or above the legal limit of 0.08%, then you will be charged with the crime of DUI. If you are convicted of a first offense, then you could face jail time, combined with high fines and possible ignition interlock device installation. Team up with the best DUI attorney in Reading to help avoid the serious penalties at stake.

Let a Berks County Criminal Lawyer Work for You

I am Curtis E. Barnes, Attorney at Law and I understand the various difficulties associated with this kind of criminal charge. When you choose to work with me, I will put my many years of experience to work for you and I will work to help you pursue the results that you need. Need a lawyer for your DUI case in Reading? Contact my office today to discuss the charges that you face with a Reading criminal defense attorney and to begin building a strong defense of your case for the future that you need.


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