Felony DUI in Pennsylvania
Need a lawyer for a DUI case in Reading, PA?
When arrested for a first time DUI in Pennsylvania, you are most likely looking at misdemeanor charges. If your DUI involves serious injury or other aggravating elements; however, the charges may be elevated to a felony with more serious consequences. You need a strong defense after being arrested for a DUI and I can help. I am Curtis E. Barnes, Attorney at Law and I have almost two decades of experience assisting the criminally accused in Reading, PA. Let me assist you in creating your DUI defense strategy.
When is DUI a Felony in PA?
The aggravating factors that can result in a felony DUI include:
- Your DUI offense results in slight injury to another person (Felony DUI with Injury)
- Your DUI offense results in serious bodily injury to another person (Aggravated Assault While Under The Influence)
- Your DUI offense results in the death of another person (Homicide While Under the Influence)
These are also termed sentencing enhancements and can lead to harsh penalties. A Felony DUI with Injury is punishable by up to six months in jail, a one year license suspension and a fine of up to $5,000. If you are facing Aggravated Assault While Under The Influence charges, you may be looking at up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $25,000. Lastly, a Homicide While Under the Influence is the most serious felony DUI offense. It can result in up to 10 years in prison for each count of homicide involved, along with a fine of up to $25,000. Pennsylvania uses a three-tier system when it comes to punishing DUI offenses and the exact consequences at stake in your case can vary according to your BAC level. If you have questions regarding your felony DUI case in Reading,
contact my firm. As a Reading DUI attorney, I can help you fight for reduced or dismissed charges and avoid serious penalties.